Varane knows: “Germany remains Germany”
On Thursday evening it will get serious for the first time in the new UEFA Nations League. Then, after the embarrassing World Cup outing in Russia, Germany expects the reigning world champion France. The latter is warned in advance of this top match, expresses respect and knows: “Germany remains Germany”.
Germany vs. France – a classic, which will rise on Thursday evening for the first time on the newly formed stage of the Nations League. The reigning world champion, who will certainly be the favourite, doesn’t want to know anything about a clear starting position. The embarrassing preliminary round out of the DFB eleven, no issue for the Equipe Tricolore.
The French are rather preparing for a complicated test of strength with the German national team. National coach Joachim Löw has “done an excellent job in the past. He became world champion with Germany four years ago. Germany was one of the big favourites at this World Cup”, said France’s national coach Didier Deschamps at the final press conference in Munich. “It’s not as if they were the favourites there and are now suddenly a mediocre team. In his eyes, Löw still has a “big team” that is capable of great deeds.
Replacement captain Raphael Varane, who in addition to winning the world championship last year also won the Champions League with Real Madrid for the third time in a row, sees that as well. Under no circumstances does he want to underestimate the DFB team. “Germany remains Germany. Of course they have a difficult phase, but we certainly won’t be arrogant,” the 25-year-old defender assured. “This is still a big team with big players. Varane doesn’t expect his team to be reckless: “We know that it’s all about the big picture right away. We’ll do everything we can to celebrate a good debut.”