The german women’s soccer team has just cleared the highest hurdle on the way to the 2022 european championship in england, and alexandra popp is confidently adopting a brash tone.
"We want to get back on top and be european champions in two years," said the 29-year-old dfb captain after a commanding 3-0 home win over ireland in essen on saturday.
Martina voss-tecklenburg was also very satisfied after the successful restart in ghost mode after a break of more than half a year from the national team. Her eleven clearly dominated the toughest opponents in european championship qualifying group I and took the top spot with a flawless record of five wins and 34 goals to nil. "We were already under pressure to achieve results. We did a lot of things right and won three points in style. I’m confident that we won’t let them take first place away from us," said the 52-year-old national coach.
Speed, enthusiasm, dominance, creativity and goal threat were the attributes that voss-tecklenburg wanted to see from their team. And the duisburg player was able to see that her team, which is currently at its best, was implementing its goals from the very beginning. The reward was a quick lead by former essen player marina hegering (8. Minute) and the early decision through the double strike by dzsenifer marozsan (39.) and lea schuller (41.) before the break.
The DFB team was able to get over the fact that the ease of play, liveliness and precision were somewhat lost in the second half, which was not surprising given the different performance levels of the players at this early stage of the season. Melanie leupolz, who shone in a somewhat more defensive midfield role in front of the defense, also came to a positive conclusion. The move this summer from bayern munchen to chelsea FC was "the right step," the 26-year-old emphasized.
After the early exit from the world championships in france last year, leupolz was still frustrated, angry and depressed. Now she exudes pure confidence: "it’s been very exciting. Now it looks very good with the qualification. We want to use the next few games to develop even further as a team. There is always room for improvement," leupolz said.
When the DFB team traveled to montenegro on sunday, where they will play on tuesday (16.00 a.M./ARD) against the hosts a much easier task awaits, some players were not on the plane. With a view to load management, the recently busy popp, svenja huth, who was in the champions league final with wolfsburg just a few weeks ago, and sara dabritz (paris) returned early to their clubs.
Giulia gwinn and lea schuller set off for munich. FC bayern’s 21-year-old gwinn suffered an aubenband and capsule injury in her right knee against ireland. "That’s a downer, because she was really in good shape," said the national coach. Schuller received a blow to the neck and was taken off the team as a precautionary measure. Against the underdogs from montenegro – germany won the first leg 10-0 at the end of august 2019 – voss-tecklenburg will be relying on players who otherwise have less of a share in the game: "they also deserve to show themselves."One could celebrate a great anniversary in podgorica. Dzsenifer marozsan is about to make her 100th career appearance. Country game.