The Germany U21 national team have been in Poland since Wednesday as they prepare for their first group game of the tournament on Sunday against the Czech Republic. They will then have to face Denmark on Wednesday before their final group game against Italy on Saturday. All three matches will take place in Krakow.
Meyer, who was unable to train the other day due to a cold, says he has a good feeling about the competition. “We have a brilliant atmosphere in the team and we all know each other well. We have also integrated the new players like Felix Platte really well,” said the midfielder. He also added that the team has got the right character. “That is very important in a tournament,” said the 21-year-old.
Platte also reaffirmed that message. “All the boys are getting on excellently, the team spirit is incredible,” the striker reported. “There wasn’t really a period of settling in for me. I know Thilo Kehrer and Max Meyer from the club and the rest from playing against them.” Kehrer stressed that the excitement ahead of the first game is growing. “We are all massively looking forward to it,” said the defensive all-rounder, who thinks the team have a great chance in Poland. “We have a very good team that is giving its all to achieve success. I think this team is capable of a lot.”
This will be Meyer’s fourth major tournament in his career having finished second in the U17 European Championship in 2012, the same competition in 2015 and the 2016 Olympics. He is desperate to finally get to the top of the podium this time round. “We need to work hard in every game. A good start to the tournament is important.”
Platte was confident on the team’s chances. “We are definitely one of the favourites with the quality we have. The other strong sides are Spain, Italy and Portugal.”