The Mannschaft center-back says his side must be ready for “one-one-one challenges” against the reigning world champions.
will play against
in their Euro 2020 opener on Tuesday.
’s side have struggled for form recently and many observers don’t consider them among the favorites to win the continental trophy. The Mannschaft have also been handed a tough draw for the tournament, with the Germans set to face France,
in the ‘Group of Death’. Ahead of his side’s crucial battle against Les Bleus,Antonio Rudiger
admits they must play it tough againstKylian Mbappe
"Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges."
Rudiger told reporters.
"We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football.
"Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker."
Low is expected to employ a three-man defensive unit against France, with the Chelsea defender set to play alongsideMats Hummels
in the backline. Rudiger has been forced to wear a protective mask since his injury inChelsea
’s match againstReal Madrid
on April 27.
Asked about the mask, the 28-year-old responded:
"It’s still there for protection,.
"I’ll have to see what the Chelsea doctors say when I get back to London."
After their match against France, Germany will face Portugal and Hungary in their next Group F matches on June 19 and 23.