According to the Real Madrid and Germany international player, “Die Mannschaft” want to play much better football than they produced.
Germany opened their account at the ongoing European Championships on a winning note. The team defeated their hard fighting Ukrainian counterparts 2-0 in France. Shkodran Mustafi rose above the Yellow-Blue defenders and headed past goalkeeper Pyatov in the 18th minute to put the world champions ahead.
And Toni Kroos, who was named man of the match, states that they must look to build on their improved second-half performance: “This is just the beginning. Winning 2-0 and not conceding is great for self-confidence. We had our impressions throughout this game, we passed well in the spaces.”
He continued: “The last 15 minutes before half-time were not too strong, so we couldn’t have complained had we conceded. But we dominated the game in the second half and I don’t remember us conceding any chances. We’re not at the level that we want to achieve in this tournament but it’s quite a nice feeling.”
Kroos also praised the Valencia defender for his efforts in the absence of Mats Hummels and Antonio Rudiger. Speaking about Mustafi, Kroos noted: “He just had to head it in, it wasn’t difficult! In all seriousness, he had a good game, he’s done everything possible to fight for the squad. He has high quality and he helped us. Big compliments to him.”