A National Team’s coach Stefan Kuntz, who will face Armenia in Eskişehir in the fifth week match of the 2024 European Championship Qualification (EURO 2024), Group D, said that they will play a different match due to the shortcomings, but he is sure that they will put up a good fight.
At the press conference he held at Eskişehir New Stadium, Kuntz stated that they wanted to make reinforcements due to the deficiencies and that their preference was the Under-21 National Team, and said, “I am not only thinking about the next match and the Japan match. It is also about such players gradually adapting to the National Team.” “I’m also working on it.” said.
Kuntz stated that their communication with the Under-21 National Team is also good and stated that Kazımcan Karataş and Bertuğ Yıldırım are good examples of this.
The German coach used the following statements when reminded that the national team won both matches in Eskişehir:
“You may have followed the matches when I was here in 95-96. Actually, it was a good match for us. We won that match, but it was a difficult match due to the pressure of the fans. Now, there has been a transition to new stadiums. Not playing in the old stadiums shows that time is advancing and we are getting older. A lot. “It may be a different match. We have unexpected absences at left back and forward. Arda is injured. Maybe there may be a different course of play than the game system we are used to. That is also very natural. Still, I am sure we will have a good match.”
Evaluating tomorrow’s opponent, Armenia, Kuntz said, “In the last match period, we see that Armenia and Turkey are on the winning side of the group. Because both teams received 6 points. We follow and analyze all the matches. We see that they have made good progress since their new coach Oleksandr Petrakov arrived. “Two of their players play in Germany. Most of their players have been offered serious transfer opportunities. They are a respectable team, but we are focused on our own game.” he said.
Stefan Kuntz said the following regarding comments that national players made important transfers:
“What is important for Merih and Cengiz is that they get the chance to play in their new clubs in the first place. Arda made a very incredible transfer. However, we cannot fully experience his impact. Because he needs to regain his health and adapt to his team again. Orkun will definitely gain a lot from this transfer. Personally, he will gain a lot from this transfer. It will improve. Çağlar talked to us very early about his transfer. Both the club Atletico Madrid and his coach Simeone are in a very different place and it is a very important transfer for him. The most important thing is that these players go out on the field and play after making these transfers. As long as they play, they will be very useful for the national team. “Galatasaray’s participation in the Champion League and Fenerbahçe’s and Beşiktaş’s qualification to the groups will be a plus for the players as it will increase our number of matches in Europe.”
“Good football players make their national team decisions as soon as possible”
“The fact of Vargas in the National Volleyball Team has emerged. Do you think of recruiting players for the National Football Team?” On the question of the experienced coach, “Good football players already make the decisions for the national team as soon as possible. That’s why I’m still waiting for calls from Vargas about his brother.” said.
Providing information about his previous meeting with Altay Bayındır, who was transferred to Manchester United, Kuntz said, “In that meeting, we first talked about his last period in Fenerbahçe. Because the arrows of criticism were on him. For him, he wanted to transfer to a club like Manchester United for his development.” “It is important. There will be an African Cup period ahead of us. The goalkeeper who is currently playing there will not be able to play 4-5 matches. In the same period, Altay will also get the opportunity to play if he shows the performance of the club. Thus, different things can develop in that position.” he said.
Stefan Kuntz, when asked about the players he will give a chance in defense tomorrow, said, “Merih’s offensive play may be important for tomorrow’s match. Because these are the matches where the defenders should be active. We watched the matches of Çağlar as well. He played very good matches in the preparation period. He played very flawlessly defensively. “There have been games. This is an important issue as Simeone already puts a lot of weight on the defensive. A new player getting compliments from his coach so quickly shows how important he is.” used his statements.
Kerem Aktürkoğlu: I hope we will be the laughing side in tomorrow’s match
National football player Kerem Aktürkoğlu stated that their first match in the group was difficult but they knew how to win.
Explaining that Armenia, contrary to expectations, was a team that performed very well and played well in the group, Kerem said, “I scored a goal in the first match, but the important thing was that we were happy together after the goal and we won. It was important to leave the difficult matches with a victory. We want to win together with our fans with good football tomorrow. ” said.
Answering the question whether he sees tomorrow’s match as a final, Kerem said, “We deserve to leave the group in terms of generation, desire and quality. We are a team made up of very good and quality people. We would love to go to the European Championship. Armenia’s fixture is difficult, but no match is won without being played. We are aware of how difficult this match can be. We have the quality to win such matches. I hope we will be the smiling side in the match tomorrow.” made his assessment.
Emphasizing that the player pool of the national team is large, beautiful and of high quality, Kerem Aktürkoğlu noted that there are shortcomings, but this can be overcome with support.
National Football Team completed its preparations for the Armenia match
The first 15 minutes of the training, which was held under the management of coach Stefan Kuntz at Eskişehir New Stadium, where the match will be played, was open to the press.
The training started with warm-up, passing and running. In the closed part of the training, it was learned that the tactical study of the Armenia match was carried out.
The training was followed by Mehmet Büyükekşi, President of the Turkish Football Federation, and members of the board of directors, as well as A National Team Manager Hamit Altıntop.
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