Bayer 04 Leverkusen trainer Xabi Alonso commented on the situation facing the German national team during a press conference yesterday.
"My opinion is that too many friendlies are not good," Alonso said of the team that - as hosts - were excluded from more competitive qualifying matches, "Two years of just playing test-fixture after test-fixture is not good for the mentality. Germany have good players and a good coach. I'm almost certain that we'll see a new energy at the Euros."
"I spoke with Flo [Wirtz] yesterday and he was optimistic," Alonso continued, "That gives me a reason to think that they're building something. Criticism is normal in football and Julian [Nagelsmann] is no stranger to that. I expect a good tournament from Germany."