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Klinsmann says he was right to predict no US title

Klinsmann says he was right to predict no US title

File photo - United States' head coach Jurgen Klinsmann Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa

RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer
SAO PAULO (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann believes he was right to say the United States wasn’t ready to win the World Cup, because he didn’t want to head to the tournament after raising “expectations to kind of a level that is over the moon.”

The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight tournament, losing to Belgium 2-1 in extra time Tuesday.

Klinsmann says the record audience that tuned in at home will help pressure players to improve and will create competition for positions. In his wrap-up news conference Wednesday, he said that “if you have a bad performance, then people should approach you and tell you that, so make sure that next game is not bad anymore and that you step it up.”
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