Stefan Kuntz was proud. In the German coach of Turkey, despite the failure in the World Cup playoffs, the positive feelings – even if he was annoyed for a moment.
For a short, Stefan Kuntz bursted the collar. “Did you see the game?” The German national coach of Turkey shouted towards a journalist, who juggled after the bitter in the World Cup playoffs with statistics such as the possession of the property and scenes. But you did not need to come to Kuntz at this moment.
“The shots do not care, how many chances did we have? We had more chances than Portugal!”, Said Kuntz after the 1: 3 (0: 2) in the semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. in Porto: “So I take care of myself Not about the statistics. My team has played wonderfully in the second half. ” And yet the Turks are not there in the winter in Qatar.
The last World Cup participation of the proud football nation dates from 2002, when sensational rank three had succeeded. Therefore, the disappointment reflected in the Turkish newspapers. “Our world darkened,” wrote the daily Sabah. However, the era Kuntz, which started in September, should by no means be considered failed. The former coach of the German U21 national team came when Turkey was almost eliminated in the qualification group – and led them to Portugal.
Whether this success appeared Kuntz “proud” on his team, which still stands at the beginning of his way. “When we learn from this game, then the team can grow. And I believe, maybe I’m too enthusiastic that no one in Turkey is ashamed of what we have delivered in Portugal,” said the 59-year-old and was already thinking to the EM 2024 in Germany. Until then his contract is valid. But already now against Portugal was more in it.
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After a bad initial phase (Kuntz: “We had no courage”) and 0: 2-residue, the Turks turned the momentum – and the Will Take Tunztz from Porto. Not the dramatic miscalculation of Altstar Burak Yilmaz (85th), which made a penalty of the latte strips instead of sinking the ball to the 2: 2 compensation.
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“He has to let it go,” said Kuntz, the Yilmaz after walking comforted, “The penalty was an important chance for the team, but sometimes you need the necessary luck, and we did not have it.”