epa05978020 Emmanuel Banda (C) of Zambia in action against Pepe (L) and Diogo Dalot (R), both of Portugal during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between Zambia and Portugal at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Jeju Island, South Korea, 21 May 2017. EPA/WALLACE WOON
Tuesday May 30, 2017. 12:30
Ahead of their U20 2017 FIFA World Cup Last 16 encounter against Zambia on Wednesday, Germany coach Guido Streichsbier remains wary of the Southern Africans.
Streichsbier spoke to FIFA.com and predicted a tough fixture against the U20 African champions, but added that the match could go either way.
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The European only sneaked into the second round on goal difference and Streichsbier attributed his team's struggles to poor preparations.
Germany finished on four points in Group B after registering one win over Vanuatu, a goalless draw with Mexico and a 2-0 defeat to Venezuela.
"Everybody in Germany knows it was a problem for us to have a team because of the dates," said the manager.
"We are missing two players, it was not possible to have a complete team.
"We must work with the players that we have and find a plan. They are good players."
However, Streichsbier added that their mission is to progress to the next stage of the competition and both teams have an equal chance.
"I think in a play-off game, it's always 50-50, it doesn't matter if the first three games were okay,” adds the coach.
"Maybe Zambia has a better feeling because they won two games but after 90 minutes, one team stays in the tournament, the other has to go.
"We know we have to bring our very good performance to have a chance of going to the next round."