Germany v Serbia
With Germany having demonstrated their pressing game – and its successful implementation – in Saturday's 3-0 victory against Bulgaria, Marcus Sorg will ask for more of the same against the holders in the first of a Group B double-header at Perutz Stadion in Papa. "Tuesday will be a completely different game, but as always we will try to impose our style," said the coach, who asked his players to "tire our opponents by keeping the ball" on matchday one.
"I'd like to see us not give our opponents as many chances as we did. I'm not too worried, but our job in developing the players is to make them work for 90 minutes rather than 60, which is what happened against Bulgaria. Sometimes when you're 3-0 up you don't go too hard into tackles and that was what was missing."
An interested spectator at the ETO Park Stadium after his side's opening 1-1 draw with Ukraine, Veljko Paunović could be without Veljko Simić due to a hamstring injury sustained in that game, although Srdjan Babić is back after a ban. "We saw Germany play in the elite round and they're an amazing team: hard, very good, organised," coach Paunović told UEFA.com.
"They look like the national A team. We expect a good game from them. We've had to try to recover well and make sure we prepare properly. The first results mean that everyone in the group is still in the game."
Bulgaria v Ukraine
Despite the emphatic margin of defeat by Germany, there were promising signs for Aleksandar Dimitrov's Bulgaria and the coach is hopeful lessons have been absorbed quickly. "I don't know if the players will be better for that experience, but they will be more confident and calmer," said the coach, whose midfield is bolstered by the return from suspension of Reyan Daskalov.
"The main positive is the number of chances we created against a team of Germany's calibre. We're going to analyse our mistakes so we don't repeat them. I'm not worried because when I see my players angry after missing chances, that's OK for me. Where I am angry is because we missed chances when we were three or four attackers against two defenders, which is not good enough. We have to convert opportunities like that."
Oleksandr Petrakov believed "the only positive" Ukraine could take from matchday one was the point gained from the draw with Serbia, adding: "We need to improve in all areas – we played a long way below our capabilities." The coach's preparations for the second fixture have been simple. "Our main job has been to work on the physical condition of the players. We've only been working with them for two weeks and that's clearly not enough. But I'm not upset; I'm satisfied with our first result. Only God knows where it leaves us; I don't."
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