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Klinsmann salutes Strachan

USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann has hailed the impact of Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager after the pair played out a goalless stalemate at Hampden Park on Friday.

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Jurgen Klinsmann: Impressed by Gordon Strachan's impact as Scotland boss

Jurgen Klinsmann: Impressed by Gordon Strachan's impact as Scotland boss

In the summer of 2012, Klinsmann watched his USA side beat Scotland 5-1 in Florida when they were under the guidance of Craig Levein.

However, the former Germany striker believes Scotland have made the right decision in appointing Strachan and insists they are on the way up.

Neither side showed enough creativity to snatch the tie in Glasgow with Aron Johannsson's late strike one of few chances for the USA to clinch victory.

Scotland are now unbeaten in three and Klinsmann - who was on the losing side when the managers met as players at White Hart Lane as Strachan's Coventry beat Tottenham - believes the Scotsman has what it takes to lead the national side.

"It was clear to see that Scotland are on the way up," the former Germany manager said.

"Tonight confirmed that, they showed that they could beat you at any moment.

"There was no comparison between this game and the last game but we knew that would be the case.

"They are a different side, they are compact, focused and serious.

"They have got the message from Gordon, they are building towards the 2016 qualifiers and you could sense that tonight."

Klinsmann's USA will remain in Europe to face Austria in another international friendly on Tuesday evening.

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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