Jurgen Klinsmann knows there will be desperation on the opposing side when Paraguay and the USMNT hit the pitch in Saturday’s group stage finale of the Copa America Centenario.
Thing is, it’ll be on his side as well.
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While the United States can advance with a draw, Klinsmann admits that the possibility of going down a goal for either team is a bridge neither want to cross. Rather than sit back and defend, Klinsmann will send his Yanks forward for the advantage.
“Teams of that caliber, when they score first, they know exactly how to defend. They know how to kill you off with a counter break,” Klinsmann said.
“There is everything to play for. Both teams will go at each other. They deserve a lot of respect from our end, but definitely we don’t fear them. We know that we are in the driver’s seat, and we’re going to do everything possible to get in the quarterfinals now.”
Treating the match as if a goal will need to be scored isn’t a huge risk for the United States. The side will be confident heading into the game, and giving the directive to net one will further establish the expectation of superiority.
It’s far better than sitting back and putting any sense that the U.S. fears Paraguay out there, isn’t it?