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Italy is a good example to follow - Manuel Neuer

Tue 31 August 2021 | 13:35

Germany have been disastrous in the last two major tournaments, and captain Manuel Neuer believes that if his side want to improve, they must follow Italy.

World Cup winner

Manuel Neuer

believes his team should learn from Euro 2020 champions Italy about planning for progress.

"

Italy were a unit. You could see how active they were, how they communicated, with what joy they played,

" Neuer said at a press conference.

"Italy is a good example to follow. We have to do the same thing as them

.

"When I look at our team I know how much potential we have, even if we haven’t reached that level in the last few tournaments. We need to bring everything we need onto the pitch."

Since Flick sat on the national team bench, he has made many changes and added new faces to the squad. He has called David Raum, Nico Schlotterbeck and Karim Adeyemi up to the senior side for the first time, while Marco Reus, Mahmoud Dahoud, Thilo Kehrer, Florian Wirtz and Ridle Baku have also been brought back into the squad after missing the Euro 2020.

"It’s a new start with new faces. We’re in a situation where we have to make up lost ground. We have high targets, especially in respect of the World Cup. We want to qualify first of all, and make a good start with the new coaching staff.

"We want to win three games and we’re all very motivated. We want to use this time to communicate with one another and get to know the new players. I want to become world champions with this team, even if it won’t be an easy process.

"I can imagine that Hansi Flick will want to play the style of football that he had so much success with at Bayern. I think it will be important to be active with and without the ball, and put our opponents under pressure from early on. That said, we’ll see more details in the next few days."

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