“Our focus is good and it has to be. What you saw in the past often is that in the beginning many jokes were being made, but I think that’s less the case now. This is purely because of the focus we have as a group. We are therefore looking forward to the competition and are really eager to get started.”


“Do not underestimate us. Even though Spain are a great team. In my view, they are the best team in the world, but we are also very good. Don’t forget that. Of course, we have to prove ourselves again, but it is also a great challenge. We will therefore give it everything. I’m positive for everything that lies ahead and have faith in our team. And if we – and I mean not only the players, but also the staff and the media – can say that we’ve had a good tournament in the World Cup, whatever the outcome, it will be a success for us.”