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Turkey coach Vincenzo Montella with his super talent Arda Güler. © APA/afp / JAVIER SORIANO

Montella after Aus: “Turks still love us”

Despite the bitter quarter-final defeat at the European Football Championship, Turkish team manager Vincenzo Montella has drawn a positive conclusion from the tournament.

"Despite the defeat, the Turkish people love us. These players deserve it too. We can be proud of how we played here. After this European Championship, Turkey will be seen with different eyes. With more respect," said Montella after the 1:2 defeat against the Netherlands.

The coach did not comment specifically on the wolf salute scandal triggered by Merih Demiral, which overshadowed the quarter-finals. "It is complicated to talk about it after the game. That is why I do not have the strength or the will to talk about something that has nothing to do with football."

“We deserved more”

Montella preferred to concentrate on the "convincing performance" of his team at this European Championship. Neither he nor his players have anything to reproach themselves for. "We played with so much passion. I am leaving the tournament with good feelings. We deserved more," the 50-year-old continued.

Tears for Hakan Calhanoglu. Behind him: Vincenzo Montella. © ANSA / CLEMENS BILAN

Montella sees the good performances at the European Championships as a "solid foundation" on which the Turkish national team can build. "We will continue to improve and grow. The future is on our side," predicted the Turkish coach.

And the media at home also agreed with him. "Thank you Turkey, thank you to our boys. Endless thanks for the joy you gave us and for your fighting spirit," wrote the daily newspaper Habertürk. The sports newspaper Fanatik judged: “Turkey is proud of you!”

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