Scotland vs Germany: 'Banana skin' Scotland can shock Germans at Euro 2024, claims former midfielder

Scotland take on Germany in tomorrow’s Euro 2024 opener in Munich.

Scotland are more than capable of pulling off a famous victory over Germany in tomorrow’s Euro 2024 opening game in Munich, claims one former midfield icon.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side enter tomorrow’s clash at the Allianz Arena as big favourites, however, a ‘major problem’ in the hosts camp could lead to a surprise victory for an ‘improving’ Scotland team, claims ex-Die Mannschaft ace Didi Hamann.

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“The opening game will be a big test for this group,” said Hamann. “The expectation is high and, in many ways, it’s a bit of a free hit for Scotland. Everyone will expect the host nation to beat them convincingly, but it won’t be that simple. Scotland are a good team, and they will make it as difficult as possible for Germany.”

Don Hutchison slots home the winning goal in the 1999 friendly win over Germany - a game Didi Hamann started for the hosts. Cr. SNS Group.Don Hutchison slots home the winning goal in the 1999 friendly win over Germany - a game Didi Hamann started for the hosts. Cr. SNS Group.
Don Hutchison slots home the winning goal in the 1999 friendly win over Germany - a game Didi Hamann started for the hosts. Cr. SNS Group. | SNS Group 0141 221 3602

Earlier in the week, Niclas Fullkrug and team mate Antonio Rudiger had to be pulled apart by assistant boss assistant Sandro Wagner after the Dortmund forward reacted angrily to a foul by Rudiger in training and the 50-year-old former Liverpool man admits there are huge concerns over the team’s the lack of unity shown in recent tournaments.

“At the World Cup, we had a divided team. If you're not united, if you haven't got 26 players and staff all pulling in the same direction, you won't go anywhere. So that is a major difference going into this tournament. Have we learned anything from that World Cup experience? We'll find out.

“It’s important that there is a little bit of tension in the group when they stand in that tunnel before the match kick-off. It’s not nerves, you don’t want that because that is a negative energy. Use the tension to focus your minds and get the job done.”

Didi Hamann is helped up by legendary referee Pierluigi Collina during the UEFA European Championships in 2020. Cr. Getty Images.Didi Hamann is helped up by legendary referee Pierluigi Collina during the UEFA European Championships in 2020. Cr. Getty Images.
Didi Hamann is helped up by legendary referee Pierluigi Collina during the UEFA European Championships in 2020. Cr. Getty Images. | Getty Images

Speaking to Prime Casino, Hamann believes each team in Group A will prove challenging for the hosts, admitted Friday’s opening match is a ‘free hit’ for Scotland, while he also pinpointed the dangers of Switzerland and Hungary.

“There aren’t any easy games in this group,” claimed Hamann. “Germany should go through, but I think it'll be a fight against all three teams. Switzerland may not be as potent as we’ve seen them at other tournaments. Xherdan Shaqiri is a little bit older now, playing his football in the MLS. Defensively, they're solid. They've got two brilliant goalkeepers and have players that can do some damage if you give them the opportunity.

“With Hungary, I watched them last week against Ireland and they lost. Obviously, a lot depends on Dominik Szoboszlai. They had a tough group in the last Euros, and they didn't disgrace themselves.”

Hamann, who was in the line-up the last time Scotland defeated Germany in 1999, lavished praise on a number of Scotland’s players but said there is one player that his nation must keep tabs on tomorrow night.

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“It would be incredibly foolish to write Scotland off. They have some excellent players in Andy Robertson, John McGinn. Scott McTominay always does it in a Scotland shirt. This is a great opportunity for Scotland to show the world just how much they have improved as a footballing nation over the last few years.”

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