Nagelsmann hoping Germany can take advantage of Yamal’s ‘inexperience’ to help beat Spain

Julian Nagelsmann says his Germany side could take advantage of Lamine Yamal’s inexperience to come out on top against Spain.

16-year-old Yamal has been a mainstay in the Spain side so far at Euro 2024 and is expected to once again start when his side take on Germany in the quarter finals on Friday.

And Germany boss Nagelsmann says he has been impressed by the young star but believes there are weaknesses which can be exploited.

He said: “He’s a big talent. He was really consistent in this season but his job is to deliver that for a few years.

“I think there are not many players who are that stable at this age but of course, I guess he has a very good surrounding, he needs a lot of people around him who have his back.

“He has big qualities, he’s very good in the one v ones but he’s only 16 years old so there are also big chances for our players in that regard to counter him.

“I think you can’t always defend him because he’s so variable, he goes on the inside and the outside. His left foot is stronger than his right foot but he can still use his right foot so we need to be prepared for several things.

“But on the other hand he does not have so much experience at this level when things don’t go his way or when the opponent tackles him a little bit stronger.

“This is not a plan that we want to hurt him or tackle him all the time but of course he’s an interesting player, he’s doing a very good job and for the neutral fan he’s definitely a joy to watch.”

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