England boss Sarina Wiegman has told her side to focus on Germany’s “players, not the story” in Sunday’s Euro 2022 final.
England’s traditional rivalry with Germany is not just limited to the men, as the Lionesses were defeated 6-2 in their last appearance at this stage of Euro 2009.
But Wiegman insists revenge is not on the agenda.
“We’re going to approach this game like any other game we’ve played,” she told several national newspapers.
“You know when it’s a final you’re playing against the best opponent you can imagine. And this is Germany.
“Yeah, we really analyze our opponents and talk about what their patterns are, what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are if they have any? And then we say: What are our strengths? What must we do to harm them?
“I don’t know what the perfect game is because whoever is in front of us, we want to beat them. This is the final and we really want to win the final. We’re talking about their players, not the story. It’s about the here and now.
“Of course, Germany also wants to win the final, but we are not talking about the rivalry between England and Germany. We really want to show how good we are and play our best game.
“There is so much will to win in this team. And so much staying power. We absolutely want to show again that we are the best, play our best game.
“We’ve been trying to do that all along. And then hopefully that will bring us to victory. That’s basically where we are. And on top of that, we’re talking about players, not history. It is the here and now.”
Wiegman, who led the Netherlands to European titles in 2017, insists England’s victories over Spain and Sweden have inspired the belief they can beat anyone.
“I think they were mentally strong already,” she added. “I just think, now they believe, they really believe that if we just do a few things really well, we can beat anyone. We’ve already shown it, we’ve already proven that we can do it.
“It’s not just words. They also need a certain behavior to help each other. I think the team did that very well.
“They developed some confidence and then you see the goal. Mentally, it’s about making the right footballing decisions in the game and also having the right qualities, because that starts with the quality of the players.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/sarina-wiegman-lionesses-germany-england-netherlands-b2134521.html Sarina Wiegman does not let England distract from the history with Germany