According to Yahoo Sports, Jürgen Klinsmann Manager of United States Men’s National Team (USMNT), has claimed the World Cup schedule has been set-up for football’s leading nations to qualify for the knockout rounds. The statement came after his side drew 2-2 against Portugal in last night’s exhilarating face-off.
The former Germany and Bayern Munich manager told media in a post-match interview, “We’re already thinking about Germany. We have one less day (than Germany) to recover. They played yesterday. We played today. We played in the Amazon. They played in place where you don’t have to travel so much. Things are set up for the big teams to move on. We have to do it the tough way but we’re going to do it the tough way.”
There is apparently no bias against since the fixtures are decided by FIFA before the Groups are even finalized. Team USA feature in Group G alongside Germany, Ghana and Portugal in a group dubbed the ‘Group of Death’.
The US national team are considered underdogs and have put in some strong performances in their first two games. After beating Ghana in their opening match they took on Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal. Klinsmann’s men led the game by a goal until the last few minutes of stoppage time when the Portuguese sensation delivered a cross that converted a header by forward Silvestre Varela into a stunning last-minute goal.
The result leaves the USA tied with Germany at four points each. The next match will be equally crucial for both sides…. Let’s see which German manager, Joachim Low or Jürgen Klinsmann, comes out on top!