US coach Jurgen Klinsmann predicts bright future at World Cup
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has told Sport Bild that his side should not be considered as a mediocre force in the World Cup. Klinsmann believes United States can put up a good fight to progress from into the next round from Group G – which has also been dubbed as the Group of Death.
United States will find it difficult for qualify to the World Cup’s knockout stage. The Yanks will have to play against Ghana, Germany and Portugal in their group before qualifying for the next stage. Jurgen Klinsmann admits his side has been dealt with a difficult hand, but he is still hopeful of entering the knockout phase of the World Cup next year.
Klinsmann has vowed to silence critics and show that United States have turned into a dominating force in the football world.
“At first I thought that we did not really need that hammer draw. But in the end it is an opportunity for us to show just how much we have grown,” Klinsmann said. “We don’t regard ourselves as outsiders in this group. We regard us a growing nation. We continuously improve on various levels.
“This affects all areas, starting with the training of our coaches and youth players -- of which we will only profit in the next 10, 12 years -- all the way to the performances of the USMNT in the past month. We know, that on a good day, we can give the biggest nations a good fight. We are no longer a small footballing nation.”
Klinsmann has most certainly turned United States into a better team since taking over the reins in 2011. The German football legend recently inked a new deal with United States which will keep him as manager till 2018. Many European clubs have shown interest in acquiring Klinsmann’s services, but the former Germany international desires to stay loyal to his current project.
“Without naming any clubs: I recently had offers from Europe, also from Bundesliga,” Klinsmann said. “But I decide for this task. The contract extension means I will stay here. At least until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.”
United States encounter with Germany will be an interesting one. The Yanks will meet the in-form German side on June 26 next year. Klinsmann stated that he will show loyalty and respect to both nations at the event.
“I will sing the German anthem. And also the American,” Klinsmann added. “It is an incredibly beautiful anthem. Moreover I have been here for 15 years now.”
Klinsmann believes Brazil, Germany and Spain are favorites for the World Cup glory in 2014. Klinsmann also suggested that he expected United States to go deep into the tournament.