England manager, Gareth Southgate has come out to say that the country playing away from Wembley is good news. He recently revealed that not paying at the stadium will end up benefitting his team.
According to him, his players will just keep focusing on themselves as they go away from home to play a good team without many English fans in the stadium.
Gareth added that he has been impressed with Ukraine at the tournament and he expects them to be dangerous in the game.
His words, “I think there was clearly a big emotional toll from the game [against Germany] and everybody enjoyed the day but, even in the dressing room afterwards, the players were already talking about the next game and the need to prepare well,”
“So we have shifted the mindset quickly on to that next challenge. We’ve achieved one challenge but that’s not the Everest we set ourselves, really. We want to push on from where we’ve got to now.”
“I think the psychological freshness is key. We’ve obviously got a strong squad as well. It’s actually, for us, probably a good thing to be going away now. It would’ve been very hard, three days later, to replicate that experience at Wembley.”
“So now we’ve got a different sort of test. We’ve got to go away from home, play a good team, without many English fans in the stadium, so it’s all about our group, it’s all about our team and what we do, and the energy and focus that we create.”
On Ukraine, “Ukraine are a good side. I’ve been really impressed with what Andriy’s done with them,”
“They had a couple of sticky results through the autumn, through the Nations League, but they’ve bounced back, and they got a very good result in France, in the World Cup qualifiers and again this week against Sweden.”
“If we give them space to play, they’ll play, and they’ve got some dangerous forwards.”
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