Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Reserved on U.S. World Cup Chances
By Vincent Paul Hidalgo | June 16, 2014 4:01 PM EST
A day before the Americans open up the World Cup against Ghana, American Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has backtracked on his statement that his team has no chance to hoist the World Cup.
United States national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann (3rd R) and his team members attend a training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal June 15, 2014. United States will face Ghana on June 16.
Few days after making sensational statements on the American's odds of winning it all, the embattled coach has now proclaimed his itinerary and flight schedule proving his faith in his team.
"I booked my flight after the final," Klinsmann said Sunday at the U.S.' pre-match press conference at Arena das Dunas in this coastal, northeastern city. The U.S. will open its campaign against Group G qualifier Ghana on Monday.
The former star striker of Germany and coach of the unified German squad was previously quoted as saying that the U.S. team had no chance to win the tournament. Kilinsmann reiterated during the recent press conference that his goals for the U.S. are no different from what he has with Die Mannschaft, and that is to win multiple championships and become legitimate threat every World Cup.
"We come in with the same effort, the same drive, the same energy and ambition to do well. And we want to do really well," Klinsmann said.
U.S. Coach Klinsmann has made it a mantra that players should compete at the highest possible level against the best possible competition.
Eyebrows were raised when Star Players Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley moved back from top European leagues back to Major League Soccer, the circuit where their careers started. Their coach believed otherwise and thought they have prepared better for the tournament this time around.
"That's why we worked more than four weeks on our preparation, we timed it the right way to give the players the confidence they need to beat Ghana tomorrow. This is step one, then comes Portugal and then comes Germany. And then we'll see...expectations in the U.S. are very high."
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