Low plays down Germany chances

2021-05-20 10:05:20 1061

Die Mannschaft are 7/1 to win the European Championships for the fourth time after previous successes in 1972, 1980 and 1996.

Low had earlier hinted that he would recall World Cup 2014-winning veterans Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels and both have made the squad.

Muller hasn't played for his national side since 2018, but with 38 goals in 100 games for Germany, he brings a wealth of experience to the line-up.

There is no place for Jerome Boateng, who was also part of that 2014 victorious squad, while Marco Reus had earlier ruled himself out of contention.

At the other end of the scale, Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala has made the cut after a superb season in the Bundesliga and the 17-year-old will be aiming to become one of the breakout stars of the tournament.

Germany have been drawn in Group F alongside France, Portugal and Hungary and Low will be hoping for a big showing in his final tournament after 15 years in the role.

Speaking about their chances ahead of the tournament, the 61-year-old remained coy, insisting that his plan is to take things game by game.

"We're certainly not one of the favourites at this tournament, not like France or some of the other top teams," he said at the squad announcement. "For us, every single game is going to be a knock-out tie, especially the opener against France.

"So it will be important just to get out of the group and try and establish a rhythm. It's not conducive to performance to think too far ahead."