On the U21, the top game in Israel waits for Latvia's mandatory victory. Against the direct pursuer, the EM ticket is on the game.
Antonio di Salvo looked at the next adventure after the mandatory victory against Latvia. "Israel - that's a special journey, already due to history," said the DFB coach before he rose on Saturday in the plane to Tel Aviv. In the luggage he had the recaptured table leadership of the German U21 selection, which he wants to defend on Tuesday at the toughest pursuer.
Even with a draw, defending champion Germany would make a big step towards EM 2023. "There has not been much changed in the situation, it's still very tight. We know that we need to tackle each game highly concentrated - after all, we want to win in Israel," said Di Salvo about the fight for first place one, the ticket guaranteed to the final round.
How victories go to Israel, white di salvo only too good: Already in November 2017 he was with the U21 on site, at that time as an assistant of Stefan Kuntz. "Then it was very hot to the point," said the 42-year-old about the hard won 5: 2. A similar result he would now take Kusshand, this would mean the almost secure qualification for the EM.
Burkhardt should lead DFB team
The basis for the good starting position was 4-0 (3: 0) against Latvia in Aachen, through which Germany in Group B is again two points in front of the rivals. "Now it's about a good feeling for Israel. We got confidence and hope that we can win the game," said Captain Jonathan Burkhardt, who played heavily on the Tivoli with two goals and a template.
Routinier Burkhardt is intended to lead the German team, which was completely newly created after the numerous failures, also in Israel. "We need him. Jonny is able to turn up immediately and take care of goals," Di Salvo said about his perhaps the most important man. The Latvia game was the best proof.
And so the German team rose after the compulsory coronate test full of confidence in the plane to Israel, with on board was also center-back Armel Bella Kotchap after surviving corona infection. In Israel, among other things, a meeting with the Holocaust surviving ZVI Cohen is planned. "That will certainly be interesting for the team," said Salvo, who would like to see more of the country - Corona prevents it.