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In the first two group matches of the European Championship, Jamal Musiala (18) only had one place in the stands. Of course, the young star was disappointed. But instead of burying his head in the sand, he thought: Now more than ever.

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So Musiala tried to accelerate even more during training to enchant national coach Joachim Löw (61) with his skills. In the last group game against Hungary the time had come: Musiala had fought for a place in the squad and was substituted on when the score was 1: 2 in the 82nd minute. With a courageous dribble against several Hungarians, he initiated the 2-2 equalizer from Leon Goretzka (26). In this way he saved the national team from the next tournament disgrace – and played a major role in ensuring that Germany continues in the round of 16 against England on Tuesday (6 p.m., ARD / MagentaTV).

Jamal Musiala relies on mental and neurotraining

This is one of Musiala’s greatest strengths: he delivers when he is needed. “Be at your best, when your best is needed” is his favorite motto. In other words: Be in top form when your best is needed. Musiala adopted this credo from basketball coach legend John Wooden, from whom he has already read several books.

What helps Musiala to get to the point: Mental and neurotraining. He has been working intensively on these topics since he was a child. The youngest German EM player of all time always has the same sequence on the evening before games. Then he listens to his favorite song, among other things, and watches videos of his idols Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on YouTube. This gives Musiala a good feeling before he goes to bed early to get enough sleep.

Jamal Musiala was already under great pressure at Chelsea

On matchday he goes through the same sequences of movements before kick-off, which also encourages the youngster to be able to use his potential on the pitch. Even as a youth player at Chelsea, Musiala was always confronted with pressure. When he was the top scorer with 50 goals in his youth, the Chelsea officials said: We are looking for a striker who scores even more goals. Musiala always knew how to deal with expectations.

Therefore, the instructions of the national coach to the youngster before his substitution against Hungary were not a problem. “I should dare to do things. I’m supposed to play in the half-space and move forward aggressively, “reported Musiala. He did that and made it possible for Germany to reach the round of 16 at Wembley. It is a special game for Musiala, who played for the English association as a youth before the DFB secured the talent for the senior division.

The England international in the service of Borussia Dortmund, Jude Bellingham (17), is still one of Musiala’s best friends. Both write messages to each other regularly and actually wanted to visit each other in Germany. But the corona pandemic thwarted the befriended soccer talents. “I’m looking forward to playing against my second home. It’s going to be a cool game and I look forward to it no matter what. It’s a big game at Wembley, ”said the DFB kicker about the upcoming duel.

Leroy Sané taufte Jamal Musiala “Bambi”

Musiala should have his squad place in this duel. Because Löw knows: With him he has the perfect substitute. Maybe even more. The teammates are very impressed. “I think it’s crazy when I talk to him. When I was 18, I was still out and about with my boys and had nothing to do with professional football, ”says Robin Gosens (26). “Jamal is very nice, open and capable of learning. He is a level-headed boy, very down to earth. If it goes on like this, it will give him a very good career. He should just enjoy it. “

Leroy Sané (25) nicknamed him “Bambi”. “You can see a connection in his movements, which are very fluid. He always gets past his opponents ”, compares Serge Gnabry (25) Musiala with the young stag from the legendary children’s film. “In addition, he is still extremely young and a nice, sweet guy”.

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