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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Jann-Fiete Arp says change in mindset helped Germany recover

Germany skipper Jann-Fiete Arp said that the change in mindset helped his team in regaining confidence at the FIFA U-17 World Cup after the huge loss against Iran.

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 13, 2017 20:59 IST
Bhargab Sarmah
Bhargab Sarmah
Hindustan Times, Goa
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Jann-Fiete Arp’s Germany defeated Guinea to reach the FIFA U-17 World Cup knockout stages. (Twitter)

After a tight 3-1 win over Guinea saw Germany book their place in the Round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today, skipper Jann-Fiete Arp said the team had to change their mindset to recover from the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Iran in their previous game.

“We knew that we had to change something. Sometimes there are days when nothing goes the way you plan it. So this time we needed to do a few things differently. We changed our mentality and came with a better mindset (for today’s game),” Arp, who scored Germany’s opening goal in today’s 3-1 win, said moments after the game.

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“We are very happy that we won today. Now we are going into the playoffs, it doesn’t matter who we face. It’s the playoffs, so we are taking it match by match,” the young striker added, in reference to the upcoming Round of 16 clash against Colombia.

“The best teams in my age-group are here. With this victory, we can continue (our campaign) in the World Cup, which we are very happy about,” he further stated.

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Lauding the excitement among fans in India for the ongoing tournament, Arp termed his experience of playing in the country as ‘amazing’. “In the hotel or on the streets, people are happy to see us,” he said.

Meanwhile, coach Christian Wuck told reporters after the game that it is ‘sleep’ that his side needs the most after the win over Guinea.

“Colombia should be a very good game. We saw their game on TV yesterday. We are very happy to progress to the next round, but first we need to sleep. Then we will prepare to play against a very good team,” Wuck said.

First Published: Oct 13, 2017 20:59 IST