Football News

Euro 2020 group of death: Joachim Low and Didier Deschamps react to draw

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 14:56, 1 December 2019

Joachim Low and Didier Deschamps are both looking forward to crossing swords next summer after Germany and France were drawn in the same Euro 2020 group as defending European champions Portugal.

Group F will see the last two world champions and current Euro holders face off in the competition’s ‘group of death’, with one place left allocated for the play-off winner from path A (Iceland, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania) or D (Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus).

Germany vs France: Five key things to know…

  • France and Germany were drawn in the same Euro 2020 group as defending champions Portugal.
  • They will be joined by the play-off winner from path A or D.
  • Their upcoming meeting in Munich next June will be their 32nd game against each other.
  • France lead 14-9 in the overall head-to-head battle.
  • It will also be their fifth tournament meeting with both level with two wins each.

France and Germany were previously in the same Uefa Nations League group, which Netherlands ultimate topped before losing to Fernando Santos’ Portugal in the final.

In those head-to-head matches the French came out on top courtesy of a goalless draw in Munich and a 2-1 win on home soil, with their upcoming meeting being the 32nd between the sides.

Before the draw, which took place in Bucharest, both would have fancied their chances of going all the way, and given how the tournament is formatted there’s a chance of both advancing to the knockout phase even if one finishes in third place.

But for now, the Germany and France managers are relishing the difficulty of the challenge ahead of them.

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“At first I feel joy because these are highlight games against France and Portugal. We play against the reigning world champions and European champions,” Low said.

“I think the players are also looking forward to these games. Of course it’s a group of death. Everyone in this group has to go to the limit if they want to get ahead.

“But I think that these games will be football festivals. Then we also play in Germany. I’m looking forward to it.”

“It’s a difficult group, but I think that Joachim Low and Portugal head coach [Fernando Santos] think the same thing. It’s the hardest group, but we have to accept it,” Deschamps added.

“We will need to be ready at the beginning of the competition because our first game will be against Germany in Munich. They will play at home.

“On paper, it’s a tough group. These two teams have many qualities and they recently had good results.”

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