“Hard to stay awake”, Rangnick’s tackle on the boring play of some teams

“Hard to stay awake”, Rangnick’s tackle on the boring play of some teams
“Hard to stay awake”, Rangnick’s tackle on the boring play of some teams

Stunned by Austria’s elimination in the round of 16 of the Euro, Ralf Rangnick praised the attractive play put on by his team, which was out of step with other matches where it was “difficult to stay awake”, he said.

Ralf Rangnick was reeling on Tuesday night after Austria’s elimination in the round of 16 of Euro 2024 against Turkey (2-1). Trailing from the first minute, his team tried in vain to get back into the game. And while they quickly got back on track after the second Turkish goal, they failed to equalise and go into extra time on a monumental last save by goalkeeper Mert Günok after a header from Christoph Baumgartner. “Tonight, we had a lot of opportunities to score and we only scored one goal. Afterwards, it’s difficult if Gordon Banks is in goal,” said Rangnick after the match.

“It all seems quite surreal”

The German coach was nevertheless proud of the attacking and attractive face displayed by his team throughout the competition, in comparison with other much more soporific performances. “I have seen other matches where it was difficult to stay awake,” he said. “And that was not the case in our matches.” While he did not name anyone, England, France or Portugal, not very flamboyant but qualified for the quarter-finals, may feel targeted.

Bitterness still prevailed in the former Leipzig and Manchester United manager after such a debauchery. “When you see how much we invested in this game and how many chances we missed, it all seems quite surreal,” he added to the Austrian press. “I don’t think the team that was the best throughout the game won. But that’s not what the playoffs are about. You have to make the decision in these games.”

“The only criticism is that we didn’t score enough goals and we didn’t defend well from set pieces twice,” he continued. “After the 2-1, we had so many great opportunities again. And in the last second of the game, the way the goalkeeper got the ball out was incredible. I actually can’t believe we’re supposed to go home tomorrow. It seems undeserved. There’s nothing to criticize the team for, we did well. We didn’t have the luck we needed.”

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