Jamal Musiala has a good chance of playing against England. He expects “something big” – and wants to continue at Wembley what he started as a school child.
“Sometimes I have the feeling that I’m not really checking what it all means”: Jamal Musiala.
Jamal Musiala recorded the fact that he was only called into the matchday squad in the third European Championship game. “I can assess my situation. Every experience in this tournament is valuable to me, I learn a lot,” he says.
He says it in “DFB Aktuell”, the international match magazine of the DFB, in which Joachim Löw would be safe from criticism from his players anyway. On the other hand, Musiala can be trusted to actually see his stays in the stands as an incentive. His teammates describe him as “down to earth”, “inquisitive” and “eager to learn”, Serge Gnabry even as a “sweet guy”.
Joker Musiala: “You mustn’t hide”
And actually it doesn’t matter what Musiala thinks about his non-nomination against France and Portugal: After the impression he made against Hungary, Löw will not be without him any longer. “Jamal was cheeky,” said the national coach about the co-preparer of the redeeming 2-2 equalizer, and that’s exactly what he expected from him.
“The national coach had said that I should dare to go into half-space aggressively,” explains Musiala himself. “And I had nothing to lose. If you come into the game in a situation like this, you mustn’t hide.” Now he hopes to “get another chance against England”.
Musiala also played for England with Bellingham
Everyone who knows his age, but above all his biography, suspects that this European Championship round of 16 on Tuesday (6pm, LIVE! At kicker) will be “something big” for Musiala, as he says himself: Born in Stuttgart in 2003, as a toddler moved to England, trained at Southampton FC and Chelsea FC and worked in England’s youth teams up to U21, including with Jude Bellingham. In 2020 he switched to FC Bayern and in 2021 to the DFB, for which he had previously only played in the U16.
“Sometimes I still wonder how quickly everything went. So many unbelievable things have happened to me so quickly lately, it’s not normal,” says Musiala, who the teammates call “Bambi”. “Sometimes I have the feeling that I’m not really checking what it all means and how big it is.” Perhaps it helps to compare it to Robin Gosens, who says: “At his age I had nothing to do with professional football.”
Musiala has played at Wembley more often than most of his teammates. “I played there twice, both times choosing my primary school ‘Corpus Christi’,” he says. “We won both games.”