A spectacular Germany U17 side dismantled a floppy Colombia U17s 4-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, in the first Round-of-16 encounter of the U17 World Cup on Monday, 16th October.
The Germans showed up when it really mattered as two goals from skipper Jann-Fiete along with one each from Yann Bisseck and John Yeboah helped complete a 4-0 thrashing of their hapless opponents.
Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo was visibly disappointed with his side’s loss in the post-match press conference and paid due respect to his opponents' calibre, acknowledging their superiority in all facets on the turf.
“We were trying to play really good (football). We tried really hard, we put in the blocks and made the clearances. In the end, the Germans were just more productive,” stated the Colombian coach, when quizzed on his team's efforts in the game.
Despite the harsh scoreline, the South American coach was full of praise for his boys and expects a bright future for them in the foreseeable future.
“I still believe it’s (Colombia) a very good team. They are very competitive and have huge potential,” he said.
When asked why star-man Leandro Campaz did not start the match, the Colombian alluded to a reproducing a successful strategy achieved against the United States of America (USA) in their last Group A match, where the number 7 was left on the bench in the side’s 2-1 win.
“Our strategy against the USA really worked. We wanted to start the same today and that is the reason we did not start Campaz, as we wanted to continue with the same attack from the previous match,” Restrepo remarked.
Consigning the match's result partly to a build-up of nerves, the Medellin born coach-remarked, “Some of the players were a bit nervous maybe. They did make some mistakes."
His German counterpart Christian Wueck was in stark contrast a very joyous coach after having seen his mentees make it to the next round of the hallowed tournament.
When asked whether this was the best performance from his side so far in the World Cup, Wueck was quick to respond in the affirmative.
“Yes, it was our best performance so far in the FIFA U17 World Cup. Tonight we took it to the next level. We have progressed little by little in the group matches and we continue to do so. We are now at the level we want to see the team,” the German said confidently, sending out an ominous message to the rest of the competition.
One would think that a four-goal margin would have been enough to satisfy Wueck’s appetite but the coach emphasized on the need to take their chances and be more responsible in disposing of chances.
“I know it sounds crazy but we need to take more of our chances. Against Brazil or Honduras, we need to score more goals. We must score six or seven,” Wueck said as-a-matter-of-factly.
“We have to be very good in defence and need to put in more quality into the attack,” he added.
He did not put Colombia’s performance down to mistakes on the South Americans’ part but the effectiveness of his team.
“It was a hard game, rough game. It was a deserved victory for us. We knew Colombia are a very physical side and play a lot of long balls and high balls. We knew though we would get our chances if we were fast and quick to the tackles,” Wueck elaborated, on his team's strategy.
When asked how long should his boys continue playing youth football before making the jump to the senior team, Wueck said the German youth system will take care of their boys.
“They can play as long as they can. We have very good age-group leagues all across Germany so that we get the best development for our youth."
For now though, the German just wants his side to get proper rest before their quarter-final tie against the winner of Brazil versus Honduras.
“We have to regenerate right now. We have three or four players injured. One of them is going to the hospital. We need to make sure the players are fit by the time of the quarter-final tie. In my opinion, it does not matter if it’s Brazil or Honduras. It’s going to be the quarter-finals of the World Cup so the boys know it’s a special occasion,” Wueck expressed, before signing off.