Gareth Southgate says Germany are ‘still the benchmark’ for tournament success – The Athletic

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Wealthlandnews June 6, 2022
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By Jack Pitt-Brooke and Omar Garrick
6 June 2022Updated 4:59 PM GMT+1
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Gareth Southgate believes that Germany and Brazil are still the “benchmark” in international football, as he prepares his England team to face Hansi Flick’s side at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday night.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference in Munich on Monday afternoon, Southgate said that the Nations League game with Germany would be a “brilliant test” for his team. Even though England beat Germany in the last-16 of Euro 2020 last summer, Southgate said England have to try to emulate Germany’s consistent mentality at international level.

“For me, Germany and Brazil are still the benchmark, in terms of countries who regularly, consistently win tournaments,” Southgate said, before pointing to how Germany reached the final of the 2002 World Cup less than one year after England beat them 5-1 in a qualifier at the old Olympiastadion in Munich.

“Even when – we talk about the 5-1 here – they ended up in the [2002] World Cup final on the back of that qualifying campaign.” Germany have won four World Cups (three of them as West Germany), while Brazil have won five, more than anyone else.

“You have to respect what they’ve been as a country, and what they are as a country in footballing terms. That mentality is what we’re trying to create. We’ve got to keep getting to the latter stages of competitions. And games like tomorrow are brilliant for us. That’s exactly the sort of test we need.”

Tuesday’s game will be the first time England have played an away match at a major footballing nation in front of a full crowd since they famously beat Spain 3-2 in Seville in October 2018.

Southgate called on England to continue the progress they have made in games like this over the last few years.

“One of the challenges a couple of years ago was that we had got to a World Cup semi-final, but could we win against the bigger teams? Since then we’ve won in Spain [in 2018], we’ve beat Belgium at Wembley [in October 2020], we’ve beat Germany [in June 2021]. We’re starting to get those results and we’ve got to continue to do that.”

That 2-0 win against Joachim Low’s side was one of the best England results of the Southgate era, but he suggested today that particular win has slightly been “overlooked”.

“I think in some respects the result in the summer is overlooked, I’m not sure why,” he said. “But the quality of the team was still very, very high: World Cup winners everywhere, Champions League winners everywhere. So real experience of those big occasions.”

Southgate is expecting a strong showing from a team still in transition, since former Bayern Munich coach Flick replaced Low last summer.

“You can see elements of what (Flick) did at Bayern Munich, and of course the team that played the other night (drawing 1-1 with Italy), I think seven are either current or have just left Bayern, so there’s a lot of experience and cohesion of working with him.

“You can see the counter-pressing. You can see the general pressing of the forwards especially. So we’ve got to be prepared for that. And of course with the ball they’ve got some talented players. That was the same in the summer.”

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