Manuel Neuer determined to end on a high


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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has urged his side to end 2018 on a high as they try to gain revenge over the Netherlands.

The two sides last met in October, with Ronald Koeman’s troops recording a 3-0 success on home soil. Joachim Low’s side have endured a year to forget and they are unable to qualify from Group A.

They will almost certainly be relegated if the Dutch avoid defeat against France on Friday and that would cap off a bad year.

Low’s troops failed to qualify from the group stages of the World Cup in Russia last summer and Neuer is determined to move on by ending the year on a high.

“Victory is very important to us,” he said on the German Football Association’s website.

“We want to finish the bad year well and win the last game of the year. That was a good start.

“We want to try to play a similarly good game against Holland and to show over 90 minutes what we showed in the first half. “We have many good players with great potential who show what they can do.”

Germany warmed up for the game by beating Russia 3-0 on Thursday night. Goals from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule and Serge Gnabry got the job done and Sane insists the future is bright for the German team.

“I think we have a lot of good young players, no matter what position,” Sane said.

“We want to prepare well for Monday and play well against Holland. We showed young players that we can play the national coach’s system.”

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