Germany coach Joachim Low had no doubt that Group F was the “group of death” after Saturday’s Euro 2020 draw, but was surprisingly happy about his side’s draw.
Low was excited about getting the opportunity to play against France and Portugal, along with the winner of Path A in the playoff round, which contains Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary.
“At first I feel joy because these are highlight games against France and Portugal. We play against the reigning world champions and European champions,” the Germany coach said.
“I think the players are also looking forward to these games. Of course it’s a group of death. Everyone in this group has to go to the limit if they want to get ahead.
“But I think that these games will be football festivals. Then we also play in Germany. I’m looking forward to it.”
France manager Didier Deschamps accepted that his side will face a huge test in Group F, which will be played in Budapest and Munich.
“It’s a difficult group, but I think that Joachim Low and Portugal head coach [Fernando Santos] think the same thing. It’s the hardest group, but we have to accept it,” Deschamps said.
“We will need to be ready at the beginning of the competition because our first game will be against Germany in Munich. They will play at home.
“On paper, it’s a tough group. These two teams have many qualities and they recently had good results.”
France’s first match will be against Germany at the Allianz Arena on June 16 before playing two games in Budapest.
Deschamps said: “It could be better, but what can we do? Germany and Portugal are in our group. We know when we will play and where.
“We still have to wait to know our third opponent. But we already know the quality of two of our opponents. So we can prepare to be ready for the match day.”
France will be looking for back-to-back wins at a major tournament after winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Germany, meanwhile, will be looking to atone for their shocking group stage exit at the World Cup.