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Defiant Klinsmann insists USA are not underdogs in group of death with Ghana

Posted On Saturday, 7th December 2013
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann is adamant his side are not underdogs haven been drawn a tough group for next year’s World Cup alongside Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

The Yanks will kick off their campaign in Brazil against their recent executioners Ghana before facing the Christiano Ronaldo led Portugal and then the ever efficient Germany.

Many pundits have already written off the USA – especially with their inferior record against two of the teams – Germany and Ghana – in Group G at the World Cup stage.

USA have sufferd two back-to-back defeats against the Black Stars in the last two World Cups.

First, a group defeat in 2006 which prevented the side from progressing and then a memorable extra time loss to the Black Stars at the Round of 16 stage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Despite this porous record against their group opponents, the German coach of the USA is adamant his side will not be lying low as the proverbial underdogs.

“We’re not underdogs,” Klinsmann declared defiantly.

“I’m not worried at all. I’ll just take it the way it is. … We’ll build up confidence and believe that we can get good results to get into the next round. … We’re excited about this, big time.

“That’s where you want to be in a World Cup. It’s a difficult draw but we’ll find a way to go through it.”

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. OGYA says:

    Ghana should stop thinking that just because you have beaten the USA twice before makes them winners over them again. One thing Ghana should bear in mind is that they have an inferior coach who could be outwitted by Klinsman who had won the world cup both as a player and a coach.

    I am not confident in Akwesi Appiah when he is down by a goal. His technical ability is flawed. His assistant and confidant also from Asante Kotoko is also technically acute. This will be the first time we are not getting out of the group stage.

  2. DOGO says:

    Well i agree with you on the point that Ghana should not assume superiority over USA just because we’ve defeated them twice. Infact the last defeat they suffered in our hands was not convincing. We had to play extra time to beat them. Now that they have a better coach, the mountain will even be steeper to climb. However, i disagree with your assertion that our coach is incompetent.
    Our coach has achieved a lot and i think he deserve some credit. I was one of those who doubted his abilities when he was handed the job but i must say that overtime, AA has prove us wrong. The good quality he has is the fact that he learn very quickly. He has learn so quickly that i believe he can take the team far.He knows the team better
    than anyone. This technical director and white coach nonsense got to stop. We need to believe in our own for once. The man is doing the job let’s support him and stop the pulling down and destraction.

    • Hot Head says:

      Good comment Mr. DOGO. You are very wise. But one thing I like Akwasi Appiah to bring the team to a level where they can keep ball possession for a long time. If Ghana can do that, there is no team we can fear, not even Germany.

  3. CEREBRAL says:

    Also bear in mind that AA’s Black Stars team of AFCON 2013 has changed tremendously. He has built a better team, lucky enough to have the following experienced players to choose from: Essien, Muntari, KPG, K. Asamoah, Dede, Vorsah, Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Agyeman Badu, Gyan. The new pedigree of players will also be in the mix: Wakaso, Atsu, Waris, Acheampong, boakye Yiadom, Akaminko, Opare, Afful and Jordan etc. Another progress is AA has improved on when to substitute tired players especially in the second half.

  4. Yaw says:

    What has become of us Ghanaians??? It looks like one cannot make any constructive criticism of our own, without people jumping onto this ridiculous “White vrs black” race issue. DROP YOUR COMPLEXES PEOPLE, I do not for a second think that any white person is better than me, never! I strongly believe that to beat the USA for the 3rd time in a row will be very tough – psychologically. I hope our coach will be tactically superior to the displays we put up against Zambia, & Egypt(the 2 strongest teams we met) in Cairo, but “big thumbs up” for our big win & disposition of players against Egypt in Kumasi. World Cup will be different though.

    • Hot Head says:

      @Yaw – why do you think that beating USA for the third time won’t be possible? This is Ghana, ok. It is just like Ghana playing Brazil. How many times have we beaten them? In football if some country has that superiority over you, it just doesn’t go away that quickly. It takes a generation of new squad…

  5. adam4eve Ag.Swedruni ba says:

    I’m not against the fact that Ghanaians should percieve USA are somehow our ‘toothpaste & brush’,that should happen to atlaest ease some fear and panic to build our confident towards this biggest task ahead of us,but we mustn’t forget complecency is one the undisputable factor to the defeat of any stronger team.One thing i always afraid of our team is our defensive system,its so porus and somehow weak that any good team like Germany and Portugal and even USA can pose the biggest and unforgettable threat to our team





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