Speaking after the game, Germany U-17 coach said that he expects his wards to be more efficient in front of goal but also praised the mentality of his side after a 4-0 loss against Iran in their previous game.
Spirited Persian side hammer Costa Rica 3-0 to remain unbeaten in Group C Iran blanked Costa Rica 3-0 to top Group C with an all-win record in the U-17 World Cup. "This was a very, very tough game for my team", said a very relieved Wuck after his team defeated Guinea 3-1 in its last league game and qualified for the knockout stages. Reactions from Germany were not so good.
Well aware that only a win will put them in the reckoning for qualification, Costa Rica started the match in the right earnest and began attacking right from the start.
"I think the German team is known in the whole world as one that will win every game". Their 2-6-2 system was in a total contrast to that of Iran as either team tried to put their best foot forward, in search of a much-needed goal.
"We are preparing a crop of players for the future". Unlike the Colombians, they will also be playing on the third surface inside four games, going away from a venue they took a liking to. "We will look into this in the coming games". "I think we have a team that is strong in offence". The German coach hailed the pitch at Kochi and said the "pitch could be compared to European standards, and the players were able to play better here". Abouchabaka and his Leipzig team-mate Erik Majetschak are among the Bundesliga regulars that Wuck will be depending on to keep total control of the midfield against a Guinea team that has shown good attacking flair, but appears vulnerable at the back.
"Of course, we got nine points, but the most important thing is that we are in the next round. But overall, I am very happy for him", Camara said. "Many players can grow here in India, and I hope they will make the next step in the next game against Guinea".
The scoreline might be misleading as Guinea gave a might scare for most of the match with their fast-paced game and it was only their poor finishing that let them down. However coach Souleymane Camara feels the experience will bear fruit in six years' time, when the Africans will host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time. He was satisfied with the defence and the five changes he made were manly tactical changes and added that the attackers should make use of the chances they create.
"We have nearly 30 chances in the games played. Yes that's what football is".