When the US national football team manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, came to address the press ahead of his teama��s group match against Portugal, the happiness was clear on his face and the reason behind that happiness was quite obvious. The match between Ghana and Germany had just ended in the form of a draw which put the Yanks in a very good position in Group G. Now, they just need to win against Portugal and they would be through to the next round.
Speaking in the press conference, Klinsmann said, a�?We had the idea that it was one of the toughest groups in the tournament. Just now we saw a match between Ghana and Germany. That was a draw which shows how tough the competition is in this group. So, having 3 points in the bag with two games to go, ita��s really good. We are very happy with where we stand at the moment.a�?
a�?Now, ita��s the opportunity for us to prove ourselves at a big stage. Ita��s the occasion and we have got to rise to it. We would try and take the attack to the opposition tomorrow. Three points against Portugal would get us into the knockouts and that would be an achievement.a�?
a�?Obviously, there is excitement in our camp. The boys want to have it started already.a�?
In their first game against Ghana, the Yanks had secured a 2-1 victory. If they beat Portugal tomorrow and qualify for the knockouts, it would be the third occasion in the last 4 FIFA World Cups that they would be able to get past the group stage.
However, Portugal would also be coming hard at them after having lost to Germany quite badly the other day. So, the encounter is going to be interesting.