Julian Nagelsmann: Germany Coach Pleased With His Team’s Reaction After Conceding Late Goal Against Scotland

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Germany coach, Julian Nagelsmann has said that his team’s reaction after conceding a late goal when they took on Scotland in their EURO 2024 opener on Friday, was one that he was pleased with.

Florian Wirtz had given Germany the lead in the 10th minute. Jamal Musiala added a second, before Kai Harvetz added a third just before halftime, through a penalty that also led to a Scotland player getting sent off after just 44 minutes.

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The 3-0 lead was a comfortable scoreline for the Germans, but Niclas Fullkrug made sure of the win when he added a fourth in the second half, but Germany conceded a late goal – an own goal by Antonio Rudiger.

Germany became even more aggressive after conceding that goal, leading to a late fifth goal scored by substitute Emre Can.

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Speaking after the game, Julian Nagelsmann said the team’s reaction after conceding the goal was impressive.

“The signs from our players were brilliant,” Julian Nagelsmann told ITV. “They complained about the situation and do not want to concede a goal. So it’s a good sign that you’re still hungry when you’re 4-0 in the lead.”

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“I’m happy. I’m satisfied. It’s not that easy to have the first game in your home country. We looked back at the first games of the last tournaments that weren’t that good, so in the end we had a kind of pressure.”

The 5-1 thumping of Scotland in the opening game of EURO 2024 broke the record for the biggest victory by a host nation, and by that, Julian Nagelsmann and his men have laid an early marker that should put other contenders on their toes.

Julian Nagelsmann: Germany Coach Pleased With His Team's Reaction After Conceding Late Goal Against Scotland
Florian Wirtz opened the scoring for Germany

Julian Nagelsmann had cautioned his team against Scotland, leading up to the game, as he said they could be looking to capitalize on the pressure on Germany, but the Germany coach was surprised that the Scots were not as aggressive in the opening exchanges as he expected them to be.

“I was kind of surprised that Scotland were not that aggressive in the first 20 minutes. I think they were surprised by our ball possession; it was really concentrated,” said, Julian Nagelsmann.

“They felt that we had a lot of players in offence that can score goals and then they defend a bit deeper.”

“They didn’t make the high press like they did sometimes in the qualifying games.”

The overall performance of the team was good, but Julian Nagelsmann was particularly pleased with how the team reacted to conceding a goal which at the time made the score 4-1.

The team’s reaction, despite leading by a wide margin, gives the coach an idea of what the reaction will be should they fall behind in any game, and that is what impresses him.

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