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Klinsmann on a game of two halves
by Paul Kennedy, November 18th, 2013 1:08AM

TAGS:  men's national team, scotland


[SCOTLAND-USA: Reaction] There were few positives to take away from Friday's 0-0 at Scotland. Jurgen Klinsmann liked what he saw from subs Aron Johannsson and Brek Shea after a first half not to his pleasing. For Scotland, the result was greeted positively, especially given the fact it had lost to the USA, 5-1, in their previous meeting 17 months earlier.

"We created enough chances, especially toward the end to score a goal and maybe get away with a win," Klinsmann said. "I liked the improvement in the second half. I liked the higher tempo, the higher rhythm. First half, I didn’t like. We were too slow, not urgent enough, so we corrected a couple things at halftime, and it looked much better in the second half.”

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Klinsmann had used Johannsson as a starter against Jamaica when he wasted several chances, but the Icelandic-America has done better off the bench, scoring the winning goal against Panama in the USA's final Hexagonal game.

"He’s still fresh to our team, he’s getting more and more comfortable in the group, and I think you see the qualities that he has," said Klinsmann. "It’s good to see that process. Now, if we want to do that from the beginning or as a sub, it’s important to see that he has the confidence, the qualities to step it up. It’s really nice to watch.”

Klinsmann said the players he brought on after the break were hungry.

"I think Brek brought a lot of energy to the field and did well," he said. "He can surprise people, he can create something out of nothing and we are glad to have him back.”

Klinsmann's Scottish counterpart, Gordon Strachan, compared the match to a basketball game.

"It was two teams who knew how to stop people playing," Strachan said. "It was like man-for-man, it was like a basketball game. Everyone played in the same positions, one-against-one and we had some good wins in the head-to-heads at times. I would loved to have won but I thought the draw was a fair result. They are difficult to play against, that's for sure. They are a big physical side. It reaffirmed one or two things, positives and negatives, so that was handy. It is always good to clear your mind."

  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: November 18, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.
    Why doen't JK bring in Timmy Chandler? He is playing weel, and deserves another look at Right Bakck!
  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: November 19, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.
    I agree Don, I don't understand why Chandler has totally fallen off the radar. There must be something we don't know that is effecting this decision. Klinsmann was so high on Chandler early in his regime. One bad performance against Honduras shouldn't be enough to permanently take him out of the picture.

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