World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann Insists He Has Nothing To Prove

Jurgen Klinsmann
Jurgen Klinsmann
Mark J Rebilas USA TODAY Sports

The USMNT is preparing for their final FIFA World Cup Group G clash against Germany, previous employers of current USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann spoke to the media today and insisted that he has nothing to prove against the European giants.

“We are going to approach it with a lot of determination and in a very focused way, we want to be very aggressive and we want to give Germany a real battle, ” he said on Wednesday.

“I, personally, have nothing to prove. I enjoy my work with the United Stated tremendously, I enjoyed my job with Germany and I also enjoyed my year with Bayern Munich.

“We’ve been waiting for this game for a long time. It’s massive. We want to continue the way we started the tournament.

“This World Cup is full of surprises, we want to be one of those surprises.

“We did our homework. We are by no means an underdog in this tournament.”

Germany and the USMNT currently sit first and second, respectively, with each team at four points. Going into their last game, if the two nations come out with a draw then they will both advance, with Germany winning the group and the USA following in second place.

If a winner comes out of this match, and a winner comes out of the Ghana vs. Portugal match, then a tiebreaker will be issued in order to resolve the second place situation.

The tiebreakers are as followed:

  1. Greatest number of points
  2. Goal differential
  3. Greatest number of goals scored
  4. Head to head result
  5. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned.
  6. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned.
  7. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organizing Committee.

If the USA lose Thursday afternoon’s match against Germany, their fans will be hoping for Portugal to grab the winner against Ghana because the Portugese have a much lower goal differential than Ghana.

Also, if Portugal and Ghana manage a draw, then those two team are both out and Germany and USA will both advance.

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