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Julian Nagelsmann stunned by timid Scotland and claims rivals ditched their best asset in Euro 2024 disaster

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Julian Nagelsmann admits he was shocked by how timid Scotland were in Munich and reckons they were AFRAID of Germany's firepower.The roof caved in less than ten minutes into the Euro 2024 opener against the hosts and the Scots were left floundering in the rubble as the Germans inflicted the heaviest ever first game defeat at a European Championship.

Ryan Porteous' red card at 2-0 buried any flicker of hope that remained deeply out of reach and in the end keeping Julian Nagelsmann's men to five goals was some sort of achievement in the context.Antonio Rudiger's own goal was the only attempt from Steve Clarke's men over a miserable 90 plus minutes during which Manuel Neuer barely broke sweat until he was beaten by his teammate's inadvertent header.

And Nagelsmann expected a much tougher time of it based on what he'd seen from Scotland in the stellar qualifying campaign."it's never easy in the first game as the home country," he told ITV. "We look back at the first games of the last tournaments that weren't that good so we had that kind of pressure.

But first 20 minutes we were brilliant with good possession and good counter pressing and aggressively."I was surprised that Scotland weren't that aggressive in the first 20 minutes.

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