“Make the stadium celebrate”: DFB women against Les Bleues

Final press conference with national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.  (Image: dpa) Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa

Final press conference with national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg. (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa)

Milton Keynes – The German soccer players have to put up with the corona-related failure of striker Klara Bühl one day before the European Championship semifinals against France. But the 21-year-old from FC Bayern Munich immediately emerged as an encourager.

“Positive and still positive!” Bühl wrote in a first reaction on social media and announced for Wednesday (9:00 p.m. CEST/ZDF and DAZN): “My team will (…) make the stadium celebrate and you with me Great football!” The big goal of the DFB women is Wembley – and there the opponent would be England.

Bühl is currently symptom-free

Bühl tested positive for the corona virus. “She is currently symptom-free and was immediately isolated. Further tests of the entire team and staff were negative,” said the DFB a few hours before the final training session in Milton Keynes. “I’m already looking forward to the game and will give everything to be able to be back on the pitch with the girls soon!” Bühl wrote. She could be replaced by the future Jule Brand from Wolfsburg.

“First of all, we have to get rid of the thought of whether Klara is the only one. We have to be prepared that we still have to react to a situation, ”said national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg in Milton Keynes about the fears that other players could have been infected. The 54-year-old emphasized: “First of all, the most important thing is that Klara is doing very, very well, that she hardly has any symptoms.”

“#wirfürdich”, wrote captain Alexandra Popp on Instagram on behalf of her colleagues at Bühl. Bundesliga top scorer Lea Schüller (also Bayern) was hit in the preliminary round. Their absence was made up for by Popp from VfL Wolfsburg who has scored four goals so far. Schüller was already on the bench in the 2-0 win against Austria and is back in the squad.

“First someone has to come and defeat us”

The “Black-Red-Gold – all in!” in the circle before the kick-off should not sound for the last time at this European Championship. And after the game there will be joyful dances to the Rednex evergreen “Cotton Eye Joe”. “Someone has to come first to defeat us,” said vice-captain Svenja Huth after four appearances without conceding a goal by the DFB women in England. “Our journey here is not yet over.”

The record European champions challenge the internationally untitled Les Bleues when it comes to reaching the final next Sunday in London’s legendary arena. “Of course there is nothing better than playing a European Championship final in England at Wembley Stadium,” said Voss-Tecklenburg. There the dream final beckons after the 4-0 victory of the English women against Sweden.

The national coach recently reminded that her team was allowed to play there in front of a big crowd: In 2019, the DFB women won a test match against England in front of almost 78,000 spectators 2-1 after goals from Popp and – Bühl.

Voss-Tecklenburg: “It will hurt”

“Tomorrow a lot will depend on us and what we allow,” said Voss-Tecklenburg. The 54-year-old spoke of a “top team”, “but we have also seen where they are vulnerable.” It will take mentality – “and it will hurt. We are ready and will throw in everything we have – it will be a top semi-final.”

The French arrive with the arduous, albeit well-deserved, 1-0 win over the Netherlands after extra time – and with two days less preparation. “It’s good for the head and legs,” said two-time tournament goal scorer Lina Magull, taking a deep breath at the weekend. Since Sunday, however, the players have been completely in France mode.

Merle Frohms is “very excited about Wembley”

In Milton Keynes, the “EM magic” (pop) should not be lost. The eight-time European champion, world champion from 2003 and 2007 and Olympic champion from 2016 can land a coup after three years without tournaments and thrilling performances at the European Championships. With a smile, the Wolfsburg winger Huth recalled a saying from her former interim national coach: “As Horst Hrubesch always said: Now it doesn’t make any sense to lose anymore.”

Goalkeeper Merle Frohms is “very excited about Wembley. But we know that there is still a long way to go. That we can’t dream of too much too early.” You have “a world-class team that’s capable of a lot.” And the strength of the defense is also a sign to other teams, “that it takes a lot against to score us a goal. But we also know that the opponents are getting stronger now.”

Huth is certain of the clash with the aces of Champions League winner Olympique Lyon led by captain Wendie Renard: “This team spirit and this knowledge that the base is our defense can take us far.”

The expected lineups:

Germany: Frohms (VfL Wolfsburg) – Gwinn (FC Bayern Munich), Hegering (VfL Wolfburg), Hendrich (VfL Wolfsburg), Rauch (VfL Wolfsburg) – Oberdorf (VfL Wolfsburg), Däbritz (Olympique Lyon) – Huth (VfL Wolfsburg) , Magull (FC Bayern Munich), Brand (VfL Wolfsburg) – Popp (VfL Wolfsburg)

France: Peyraud-Magnin (Juventus Turin) – Perisset (FC Chelsea), Mbock (Olympique Lyonnais), Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Karchaoui (PSG) – Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain), Bilbault (Montpellier HSC), Toletti (UD Levante) – Diani (Paris Saint-Germain), Malard (Olympique Lyonnais), Cascarino (Olympique Lyonnais)

Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)

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