“Based on what we have shown so far, we have the right to believe that we can advance,” Hungary’s coach, Marco Rossi, said at the press conference preceding the crucial Germany-Hungary game at the EURO. Meanwhile, he set two indispensable conditions of Hungary’s potential victory: “for Hungary to play perfectly and for Germany not to.”
The Italian trainer admitted that the national team would most likely need an even better performance that it has shown so far. “I told the guys after the match against Portugal, that even if the final result was not favorable for us, they played well. For the next meeting, they further developed both in attitude and playing, and their reward was a miraculous draw against the world champion. But now one point is not enough; if we want to advance we have to win! To achieve this, we need to do more than we have done so far, this is no question,” he argued.
Besides praising Hungary’s opponents and calling them a “tank” in reference to the Natioanlelf’s physical qualities and tactical preparedness, Rossi also hinted about his tactical plans. While expecting Germany to possess the ball more, he said “if we wanted to rush from the first minute to the last (…) if we went forward more vigorously than necessary, we would concede six [goals]…We must play carefully, at the same time we have to be prepared to take advantage of our strengths if we get the opportunity. We need to put out a flawless performance in terms of tactics in order to have a chance to succeed.”
In response to a question about the political overtones of the fixture, he once again declined to take any stance. “We never talk about political matters in the dressing room. We all are human beings, sensitive enough for various social problems, but as I said before, we give everyone maximum respect.”
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