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Coach’s words inspire the US

Salvador: United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has told his players to get their families to change the return flights from Brazil until after the World Cup final.

The United States face Belgium in the pre-quarter final on Tuesday after emerging from a tough Group G ahead of Portugal and Ghana. Defender Omar Gonzalez says Klinsmann’s upbeat assessment of his team’s chances of progressing has gone up even as far as encouraging revised travel plans are concerned.

“Jurgen has been nothing but positive. He’s telling us and our families to change our flights to July 14 th or 15th, because we’re going to be here until the very end,” said the centre-half.

“So, that just speaks volumes of how positive he is, how much he believes in this team, and obviously, it trickles down to all of us. That means that we’re all as confident as he is, and that we all believe in this team. “We plan on being here a few more weeks,” added Gonzalez.

Klinsmann was criticised by the US media prior to the tournament for saying that it was “unrealistic” to talk about the team winning the World Cup. But now, his team is repeating the mantra that in the knockout stage, anything is possible.

“You get to this part in the tournament and it is about whoever prepares better, whoever’s more committed on the day.” (REUTERS)