FIFA U-17 WC: Our team was under great pressure, admits Germany coach Wuck

German coach Christian Wuck admitted his team was under great pressure to eke out a win against Guinea to ensure its qualification for the round of 16.

“The reactions in Germany were not so good after the last game, so the pressure on my players was very, very high,” said Germany coach Christian Wuck after his side's 3-1 win over Guinea on Friday.   -  Prashant Nakwe

The massive 4-0 loss against Iran in the last game had shattered the Germans’ confidence. German coach Christian Wuck admitted that his team was under great pressure against Guinea in the FIFA under-17 World Cup here on Friday.

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“It was very hard for us to come into this game after the match against Iran. This was a very, very tough game for my team,” said a very relieved Wuck after his team defeated Guinea 3-1 in its last league game and qualified for the knockout stages.

“The reactions in Germany were not so good after the last game, so the pressure on my players was very, very high.”

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Meanwhile German captain Jann-Fiete Arp, the biggest name in the team, said that his players realised that they had to do something very different after the Iran game.

“There are some days when nothing works out, so we knew we had to take something from this game, we knew we had to do something different,” said Arp, the Hamburg striker in the Bundesliga.

“We changed our mentality in this match, we came with a better mindset.”

Wuck had made plenty of changes from the last game and he said he was particularly impressed with two defenders.

“There were two players who stood out. One of them, Josha Vagnoman, was making his debut in the national team. He had a very, very good game and the other, Yann Bisseck, a great defender, made no mistakes, or probably he made one.

“These two players made the big difference when you compare this match with the game against Iran.”

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