Euro 2024: Lehmann backs Germany vs 'kids' team' Spain

Euro 2024: Lehmann backs Germany vs 'kids' team' Spain

Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has said he thinks Euro 2024 hosts Germany are likely to win against “inexperienced” Spain in the quarter-finals on Friday, sparking an angry reaction in the Spanish media.

The match between Spain and Germany in Stuttgart, Germany is considered to be a contest between the two best teams of the tournament so far.

However Lehmann – who has played 61 games for Germany, including the Euro 2008 final defeat to Spain, and is now an pundit on German television – highlighted the weaknesses in Spain's squad.

“We have seen good results [Spain] “Without a doubt, we had a very good performance in the group stage. In terms of technique, they may be better than us. But they are smaller in terms of height, and they are inexperienced,” he told Welt TV.

“They are a kids' team. They have a lot of young players. They don't have much international experience.”

The comments did not go over well in Spain. The Wednesday front page of Marca, the country's biggest sports newspaper, read: “Even historic German goalkeeper Lehmann does not take us seriously.”

Spain were the only team to earn maximum points in the group stage, winning all three of their matches against Croatia, Italy and Albania in Group B, and conceding no goals.

barcelona youth player Lamin YamalThe 16-year-old has impressed in attack for them so far, as well as scoring a hat-trick for Athletic Club Nico Williams21.

Hosts Germany topped Group A, opening the tournament with a 5–1 win over Scotland, beating Hungary 2–0 and then drawing 1–1 with Switzerland.

“It's a different opinion, it's respectable, but we don't agree with it,” the Spain forward said. Mikel Oyarzabal When asked about Lehman's comments on Tuesday, he said, “We know we're a group that makes a great team. People will have their reasons for saying what they think, but it doesn't affect us.”

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