Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger has been applauded by Germany Coach Joachim Loew for his descent start at the ongoing Euro 2016 championships in France.
Germany won their opening game in France 2-0 against Ukraine on Sunday thanks to a 19th-minute header from stand-in centre back Shkodran Mustafi and stoppage-time goal from Schweinsteiger.
Loew was full of praise for Schweinsteiger, who started on the bench after recently returning from injury but came on in the 90th-minute and scored Germany’s second goal in injury time.
“I’m very pleased that after all he’s been through, the weeks and months, he has made a real comeback,” he said. “I think it gives him personally and the whole team a real boost.”
Going forward, Loew admitted that his side needs more hard work going into the game against Poland as they were not in their total element in the game against Ukraine.
“We have both won,” Loew said of his side and Poland, who secured a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland courtesy of an Arkadiusz Milik goal. “So the game is really important for the future of the group. I think we will really have to put in some work.”
Germany and Poland played each other twice in the tournament’s qualifying competition, winning one match each.
“Poland are in any case a strong team. We’ve played them twice and of course we lost once. With (Robert) Lewandowski they are strong in attack. Like Ukraine a little, they have dangerous players going forward.”