Euro 2020: Germany are my dark horses, says former footballer Steffen Freund

Freund termed France as the favourites to win Euro 2020 as they have the best squad by far.

Germany boast of a well-rounded team. (Image Credit: Twitter)
By Arnab Mukherji | Jun 9, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Former Germany midfielder Steffen Freund has termed his national team as the dark horses going into the 2020 edition of the Euros. Freund termed the world rankings as well as their recent defeat against North Macedonia as two of the major factors behind this reference. The ex-footballer expressed his appreciation for Joshua Kimmich, terming the Bayern Munich midfielder as a player who had the potential to emerge as one of the best three footballers in world football.

“Some people might chuckle at this but if I had to pick out a dark horse for UEFA EURO 2020, the first team crossing my mind is Germany. Now some may say they are amongst the favourites for the title but that’s not the case if you look at the world rankings and all their ups and downs – like the defeat by North Macedonia. The atmosphere is not risk-free for Germany. You could view this in a negative way but there are positive connotations as well as the team is not exposed to all that much pressure,” said the German midfielder in his first UEFA EURO 2020 column.

“France are the favourites”

Freund termed Kimmich as a player who was already world-class but enjoyed the potential to emerge as one of the top three players in world football.

“I’ve been particularly impressed with Joshua Kimmich. He’s already world class but he has potential to become one of the best three players around because he offers the complete package. You never see any tiredness or signs of stress with him despite him playing every match. He can chip a ball behind an opposition’s defence like no other and has defensive qualities, determination and ambition,” he said.

The former Germany midfielder termed France as favourites to win Euro 2020, considering the fact that they have the best squad in his opinion.

“In terms of favourites for UEFA EURO 2020, I would put them the following order: France, England, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal. For me, France are the favourites to win as they have the best squad by far and the individual qualities that can be decisive. There is a back-up for every top player in their squad – that’s unbelievable! Every player can be swapped out and this is a very important fact after such a long season. This team is so good they could even afford to lose their best player, Kylian Mbappe,” he concluded.

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