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Leon Goretzka: “It’s nice to have 82 million coaches again instead of 82 million virologists.”

Speaking at Monday’s press conference, Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka discussed his fitness, the return of fans in stadiums and Germany’s Group F.

“We have the most difficult group,” said Goretzka. “And that is including Hungary. They’ve shown remarkable performances in two games. We want to win the game and then we don’t have to look at how things stand in other groups.”

Germany are second after beating Portugal 4-2 on Saturday following their defeat against France in their previous fixture. On Wednesday, they play Hungary who could still qualify for the last 16 but Goretzka hopes that he can feature.

“It was a tough decision to sit out the game against France,” added Goretzka. “But I’m always convinced that the tournament would be long for us, that’s why I preferred to wait two or three more days after my injury.”

For the first time in a long time, fans returned to stadiums albeit in a reduced capacity but Goretzka discussed the euphoria or Germany fans returning.

“In the stadium it felt as if it had been sold out and we have a feeling that there is a certain euphoria after one-and-a-half difficult years. It’s nice to have 82 million coaches again instead of 82 million virologists.” 

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