Herzogenaurach, Germany, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – June 13, 2021): Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger insists Germany needs to get a bit dirty in their Euro 2020 opener against France Tuesday to harness the firepower of the world champions.
France are clear favorites for the Group F clash at Munich’s Allianz Arena, while the German defense face a severe test after scoring 20 goals in 13 games this season.
After winning the Champions League final with Chelsea, Ruediger insists the Germans cannot afford to give way to star forwards from France like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to attack.
“Of course they have good attackers, we have to be ready to win the challenges head to head,” said Ruediger on Sunday at the German base for Euro 2020 in Bavaria.
“We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play good football.
“Against players like them, you have to throw a marker.
“He is expected to make his 42nd appearance for Germany having become” a very important player “for head coach Joachim Loew who considers him a” center-back of the highest level “.
Ruediger considers France one of the favorites to win the European Championship title and says that Germany must “dictate the game. We can and are ready to do it”. France warmed up for Euro 2020 with friendly 3-0 victories over Wales and Bulgaria, while Germany were held in check 1-1 by Denmark before a 7-1 rout of Latvia.
Ruediger, 28, is expected to team up with 2014 World Cup winners Mats Hummels and Matthias Ginter in Germany’s three-way defense.
Chelsea center-back wears a mask to protect a facial injury suffered in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Real Madrid.
“He’s still there for protection,” Ruediger said of the mask, “I’ll have to see what the Chelsea medics say when I get back to London.”