"Now it's a matter of staying on," bastian schweinsteiger proclaimed in his quarters in gdansk. After the successful start to the european championships, the mood there is very good, but not overconfident.
"When you've won twice, against portugal and holland, it shows the class of the team," philipp lahm explained. But the captain also looked ahead again: "we are not through yet, against denmark we must work hard again."
Even a draw guarantees group victory. A defeat with 0:1 or 1:2 was with a simultaneous victory of portugal against the holland but also the tournament-K.O. Mean.
Joachim low does not let go. Because they could not rely on the protection of the netherlands, the national coach will change the starting eleven at most moderately. "Maybe someone needs a game off now," low explained, "in order to be fresh with strength again in the quarterfinals – if we manage it."
Forced to make a change in defense because eagle defender jerome boateng is suspended after receiving his second yellow card against the danes. "You can move philipp lahm to the right and let marcel schmelzer play on the left. You can let lars bender play on the right, that would be a good option," said low, addressing possible solutions. "We don't have a good reserve bank, we have a very good reserve bank. I'm not worried," said Schweinsteiger.