Sport: Rudiger says Germany will have to play 'a little dirty' against France

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Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger insists Germany need to get a little dirty in their Euro 2020 opener against France on Tuesday in order to subdue the world champions' forward firepower. France start as clear favourites for the Group F clash at Munich's Allianz Arena while Germany 's defence faces a Fresh from winning the Champions League final with Chelsea, Ruediger insists the Germans can ill afford to allow France 's star forwards like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann room to attack. "Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges," Ruediger

Herzogenaurach, Germany : Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger insists Germany need to get a little dirty in their Euro 2020 opener against France on Tuesday in order to subdue the world champions' forward firepower. France start as clear favourites for the Group F clash at Munich's Allianz Arena "We have to be a little dirty , not always be nice or try to play nice football. " Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker." He is set to make his 42nd appearance for Germany having become "a very important player " for head coach Joachim Loew who regards him a "centre-back of

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Antonio Rudiger has warned Germany will not try to play 'nice football' in their Euro 2020 opener with France and insists they will have to be 'a little dirty' against their forwards.

Germany face a tough group with Portugal and Hungary their other two opponents alongside the World Cup winners, who are considered by many to be the favourites.

France boast a number of attacking talents including Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Antoine Greizmann and Rudiger's Chelsea team-mate Olivier Giroud.

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The Germany defender knows his side are in for a battle on Tuesday and insisted they will have to be physical in their approach.

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Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger insists Germany need to get a little dirty in their Euro 2020 opener against France on Tuesday in order to subdue the world champions' forward firepower. France start as clear favourites for the Group F clash at Munich's Allianz Arena while Germany 's defence faces a Fresh from winning the Champions League final with Chelsea, Ruediger insists the Germans can ill afford to allow France 's star forwards like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann room to attack. "Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges," Ruediger

Herzogenaurach ( Germany ) (AFP). Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger insists Germany need to get a little dirty in their Euro 2020 opener against France on Tuesday in order to subdue the world champions' forward firepower. France start as clear favourites for the Group F clash at Munich's Fresh from winning the Champions League final with Chelsea, Ruediger insists the Germans can ill afford to allow France 's star forwards like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann room to attack. "Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges," Ruediger

‘Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,’ Rudiger said ahead of the game.

‘We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football.


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‘Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker.’

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Mbappe was asked about Rudiger's comments in his following press conference and insisted his team will focus on playing their own style of football

‘Each man fights with the weapons at their disposal.

'Our weapons are to play together, to play our game. If those are their weapons, then they will play with theirs, we will play with ours.

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France start as clear favourites for the Group F clash at Munich’s Allianz Arena while Germany ’s defence faces a stern test having leaked 20 goals in 13 games this season. Fresh from winning the Champions League final with Chelsea, Ruediger insists the Germans can ill afford to allow France ’s star forwards like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann room to attack. “Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,” Ruediger said Sunday at Germany ’s Euro 2020 base in Bavaria. “We have to be a little dirty , not always be nice or try to play nice football.

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‘And we remain focused on our preparation, analysing well what their strengths and weaknesses are, and to try to begin this tournament well.’

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There remains a growing fued between Mbappe and Giroud which has threatened to disrupt France's preparations for the opening game.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker was said he was 'affected' by Giroud's comments in the aftermath of their 3-0 victory in a friendly against Bulgaria last week.

Mbappe was reported to be furious after the Chelsea striker came out after the game and claimed that France's front players could have linked up better, while he visibly looked annoyed with Mbappe on the pitch.

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