Germany's preparations for Euro 2024 have hit a bump due to a reported clash between two key players, Antonio Rudiger and Niclas Fullkrug. The incident occurred during a training session, leading to concerns about team harmony as the tournament approaches.

Training ground tension

According to reports from the German outlet Bild, Rudiger and Fullkrug nearly came to blows during a crossing exercise. The tension escalated as the two repeatedly tackled each other. Matters took a turn when Fullkrug, on the ground, cursed at Rudiger and shouted at coach Mads Buttgereit to “blow the whistle already.” The situation worsened when they began pushing each other, almost leading to a physical altercation.

Assistant coach Sandro Wagner had to intervene to separate the two players. Even after a drinks break, both Rudiger and Fullkrug remained visibly upset. Fullkrug stormed past Rudiger and Wagner angrily, while Rudiger did not return to training and instead ran with the athletic trainer.

This incident is particularly notable given their recent encounter in the Champions League final, where Rudiger's Real Madrid triumphed over Fullkrug's Borussia Dortmund. Goals from Vinicius Jr. and Dani Carvajal secured the victory for Madrid, adding another layer of rivalry between the two players.

Euro 2024 hopes

Despite the current turbulence, Germany remains one of the favorites to win Euro 2024, especially with the tournament being held on home soil. The German squad, managed by Julian Nagelsmann, is looking to improve its performance from Euro 2020, where England eliminated it in the round of 16.

Germany's campaign kicks off on Friday against Scotland at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Following this, they will face Hungary and Switzerland in their group-stage matches. These games are crucial for Germany as they aim to qualify for the knockout stages and make a deep run.

Nagelsmann's side is filled with talent and potential, and they will need to be at their best to meet the high expectations of their fans. The team boasts a mix of experienced players and young talent, providing a balanced approach to their campaign.

Germany’s challenges and expectations

Germany's journey in Euro 2024 will not be easy, especially with internal conflicts like the one between Rudiger and Fullkrug. Team unity and focus will be essential to overcome their challenges and perform at their peak. The team's ability to handle such disruptions will be a key factor in their success.

The pressure is on Nagelsmann and his squad to deliver, especially after the disappointment of their early exit in Euro 2020. With the home advantage, the expectations are even higher, and fans are eager to see their team lift the trophy.

As Germany prepares to start their campaign, all eyes will be on managing the internal dynamics and coming together as a cohesive unit. The upcoming matches will test their resilience and determination to succeed on the big stage.