Euro 2024: Germany Will Beat Spain’s ‘kids’ Team – Lehmann

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Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has said he fancies the Euro 2024 hosts’ chances against “inexperienced” Spain in their quarterfinal clash on Friday, sparking an angry reaction in Spanish media.

The match between Spain and Germany in Stuttgart, Germany is being billed as a showdown between the two best teams at the tournament so far.

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Nevertheless, Lehmann—who currently works as a pundit on German television—highlighted what he believed to be deficiencies in the Spain team. Lehmann played 61 times for Germany, including in their loss to Spain in the Euro 2008 final.

“We’ve seen the good results [Spain] have had, without doubt, in the group phase,” he told Welt TV. “In terms of technique, they might be better than us. But they’re small in terms of height, and they’re inexperienced.

“They’re a team of kids. They have very young players. They don’t have much international experience.”

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Those comments have not gone down well in Spain. Wednesday’s frontpage of country’s biggest sports newspaper, Marca, read: “Lehmann, the historic German goalkeeper, is another one who doesn’t take us seriously.”

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