Nagelsmann: “How did I convince Kroos? He feels we could win something”

Germany is ready to make its home European Championship debut. Tonight the team of Julian Nagelsmann will face Scotland in the opening match of the event; the coach spoke yesterday at a press conference, explaining how he managed to convince Toni Kroos to return to the national team: “Toni is fundamental for us; you can give him the ball at any time. His presence is important for everyone, especially for the younger players. It took a while to convince him: he told me he would return only if he felt we could win something.”

The first challenge: “We just have to put everything on the pitch and believe in ourselves. It will be fantastic to have the stadium on our side; I hope we can all enjoy a great tournament starting tomorrow and in the coming weeks. I want us to be united as a country and Tomorrow we all have to make a lot of noise. We have to take advantage of the fact that we are hosts.”

Tension: “I’m nervous, but it’s not that dramatic. I was nervous before every math exam: it didn’t go very well, I hope tomorrow will be better,” he said, smiling. “It’s normal to feel a little pressure before a match like this. Pressure is a privilege. There are thousands of players who want to feel this pressure because it’s a privilege. We try to have fun and be the best team. We can handle the pressure and beat Scotland”..

The replacement of Aleksandar Pavlovic with Emre Can: “Choice made for the defensive phase. Can is very fast, has a strong header and is well accepted in the group. He made a good impression: leaving the holidays so abruptly is not easy” .