“Harry is a true leader” – Jurgen Klinsmann praises by Harry Maguire
In the clash of European giants, England defeated Germany 2-0 at Wembley to move into the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.
Raheem Sterling, Kane and Philips would surely grab the headlines after the match with some recognition for super-sub Jack Grealish. Some light will shine on Shaw as his assist and pre-assist should provide him with some accolades.
Harry Maguire, is unlikely to collect the same kind of plaudits in the media and fans even when he was voted man of the match by UEFA for his rock-solid display in the English defence.
But one man who is pleased to give Maguire credit is Jurgen Klinsmann. Before the match began the former national team of the USA and Germany compared Maguire to former Bayern Munich and Inter defender Lucio.
“You have Harry Maguire, who kind of frightens everybody when this guy rolls through midfield,” Klinsmann said. “He reminds me a bit of Lucio — he looks like a Mustang running through everybody.”
Jürgen Klinsmann on BBC speaking about Harry Maguire: “When I was a manager at Bayern I had the Brazilian centre-back Lúcio. He was very similar to Harry Maguire: when he got frustrated with things he used to get the ball in midfield and runoff. He’s a positive lad, a leader.”
An enviable compliment from a guy who managed Bayern for Lucio’s last season and some of the world’s best defenders in the world. It one comparsim Klinsmann chose nto make.
“When I was a manager at Bayern I had the Brazilian centre-back Lúcio. He was very similar to Harry Maguire: when he got frustrated with things he used to get the ball in midfield and runoff. He’s a positive lad, a leader.”
Although a bold comparison, when you watch Maguire play you can start to see where Klinsmann is getting his opinion from. Just like Lucio, the Englishman possesses a large body and is surprisingly quick across the ground, especially with the ball at his feet.
When he is on the run it seems like a wild mustang charging bull-like across the pitch. A bit of clumsiness, but with so much power and determination that’ll make you regret getting on his way.
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