European U21 Championships: Germany to bounce back - Lewis Holtby
Tottenham's Lewis Holtby told Sky Sports that Germany have the players to recover from their last-gasp Dutch defeat.
Last Updated: 07/06/13 1:02pm
The 22-year-old midfielder produced a whole-hearted captain's performance in the Group B opener in Petah Tikva on Thursday, driving his team forward and bagging an equaliser as the Germans rallied from two goals down after the break.
A late headed winner from Leroy Fer secured all the spoils for the Dutch, but Holtby remained positive for their two remaining group games.
"Yeah, I think it's a disappointing result but because of the second half, everybody can think positively," he told Sky Sports News Radio.
"Against a very experienced side, we showed character and we showed that we're a great team. Unfortunately, we didn't get the win."
Holtby praised his team-mates for stepping up their attacking game in the second half. He won the penalty which Sebastian Rudy put away, before netting a fine individual effort himself.
"In the second half, we were very aggressive," he added. "We played with less touches, we played very quickly upfield through the centre, and we had lots of movement around the box. We need to keep that momentum up."
Germany face holders Spain next and then Russia and, like England, they know they must chase two victories to be sure of reaching the semi-finals.
Holtby added: "I didn't see the England game because we had training, but it's the same as us really. We've got two games to play and we need six points."
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