Euro 2020: Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has reacted to his team being drawn in the group of death at Euro 2020 this summer. Joachim Low’s men have been drawn alongside reigning world champions France, Euro holders Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
Ahead of their opening game against France on Wednesday (IST), Kroos expressed his opinion on Germany’s chances in the competition.
“I don’t think it could have been any tougher,” Kroos stated.
“Nevertheless, we’re looking forward to it. These are the kind of matches you would expect from the quarter-finals or semi-finals onwards.
“But that’s the way it is now. It’ll be important that we get into our best form right away, otherwise it’ll be very difficult to make it far,” he added.
Germany, who last won the Euros back in 1996, were knocked out in the semi-finals by France in the previous edition.
The former world champions were then shockingly knocked out of the group stages during the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will be hoping to regain some lost glory this summer.
Notably, Low will be stepping down as head coach at the end of the tournament after 15 years with the national team.
Kroos reminisced the good times with the coach and admitted he fully understands the decision made by Low.
“Fifteen years [in charge] says it all because a coach doesn’t last that long if he doesn’t succeed,” he commented.
“As for me, he’s been my only national team coach, which again says it all. His development and mine – I’ve been part of the team for 11 years now – stands for itself. It’s been a successful time together.
“To be honest, I wasn’t exactly surprised [about his departure] because I can absolutely understand him.”