Things didn't go as expected for Jürgen Klinsmann and the USMNT at the last match of Group G against Germany in which they lost 1-0 and came very close to elimination due to Ghana's effort against Portugal. Despite the defeat, German coach Jürgen Klinsmann was excited for the team's qualification but he confessed they obviously wanted to tie the game at least.
About the game's development, Klinsmann analyzed the team's energy by stating that: "It's difficult to say, you know. I don't want to put too much into it. I think the energy was great, the commitment was great, we should have had a little bit more possession to help with creating more chances, but maybe we'll keep that for the next one." Said Klinsmann at field level right after the final whistle.
For the most important and difficult match of the USMNT, Klinsi explained the modifications he made in the starting XI.
Another one of the main topics at field level was the overall good performance of goalkeeper Tim Howard, who held the Germans with a good number of saves that kept the team alive throughout the whole match, Klinsmann gave Howard the recognition he deserved: "Timmy's one of our big shots. Hes our leader, he keeps everybody together, and, obviously, we need him right now. In a World Cup, if you want to go far, you need one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and we have that one."
Despite accepting he was satisfied with the ticket to round of 16, Klinsmann demanded more from his players by calling them up to do better: "We can still do better. We got through the group, but we have to do better in the round of 16, and we will do better." He finished.