Julian Nagelsmann: Frankfurt Arena pitch could cause injuries for Germany

Julian Nagelsmann: Frankfurt Arena pitch could cause injuries for Germany

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann has voiced his concerns regarding the Frankfurt Arena pitch and whether his players could be injured in the final Group A game against Switzerland.

England laboured to a 1-1 draw against Denmark in Frankfurt on Thursday, with players from both teams struggling to keep their feet as chunks of turf cut up.

Governing body UEFA has said a "detailed maintenance plan is in place to address specific issues and further improve quality" ahead of the remaining games at the home of Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

While Nagelsmann accepts the teams will have to make the best of the conditions, he has been left less than impressed by the situation.

"I hope that it holds up, but I have little hope. The grass is simply not good - very greasy, very soft," the Germany coach said at a press conference.

"It is like driving with summer tyres in the winter.

"After the NFL games (held at the stadium), it (the grass) no longer grew well. I am not so worried in terms of playing the game, but what worries me more is in terms of injuries.

"There are players such as (England midfielder Jude) Bellingham that we have seen have had problems and risked some serious injury.

"If you slip, you really risk getting injured, so it is not the best in terms of injury prevention, but this is the situation, these are the starting conditions.

"We must handle them and we must try to do the best we can."

Nagelsmann added: "There are moments that you have to be prepared for as a player, like when the ball sometimes goes astray or doesn't roll quite cleanly.

"But we would do well not to just talk about the pitch - you sometimes see a decent game in the district league and the pitch is worse there. I am just worried about the injuries."

Germany have already secured their place in the last 16, after the hosts followed up their opening win over Scotland by beating Hungary.

Nagelsmann maintains his side must focus on the job in hand against Switzerland on Monday evening rather than worry about which team they might go on to face in the knockout phase.

"You play the games to win. It will be the same tomorrow," he said.

"We cannot influence who our opponent will be in the knockout round. We want to keep the rhythm.

"This is about winning the game, gaining more confidence and it doesn't matter who the next opponent is."

After beating Hungary and then coming from behind to draw with Scotland, Switzerland are well placed to reach the last 16.

"We got positive results in the first two games and here we are now in a good situation," said Switzerland coach Murat Yakin.

"We don't have to win tomorrow, but we want to show our qualities and give Germany a tough time.

"We have prepared well. We want to produce a good performance and to make our fans proud." 

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