Toni Kroos thinks Die Mannschaft have the quality to win despite flu scare
Germany are slight favourites to win tonight’s clash against the French, although Joachim Low’s team were far from convincing when beating Algeria at the last sixteen stage and they could be vulnerable to a France side brimming with confidence.
Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye all are midfield dynamos for Les Bleus and German midfielder Toni Kroos admits that the game will be won in the middle of the park, with the Bayern Munich star backing his team to edge what could be a tight encounter.
“France have a very strong midfield but if all of us deliver our best performance, then I believe we are the better team,” Kroos said. “But we have to show that. It’s going to be very important for us to have possession and to win the duels. Then, I believe we will really have a good opportunity to win.
“Pressure is nothing new for us,” Kroos said. “It is there because we are good players and we have a top team. The expectations are high. Everybody wants us to win and anything else would be a failure. We have shown we can cope.”
Philipp Lahm is set to continue in midfield for Germany despite many feeling that he should be restored to right-back, with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira battling it out for a place alongside Kroos further up the pitch.
Seven of the German squad reported sore throats this week, with Mats Hummels having developed a fever which kept him out of the last sixteen win against Algeria.
Didier Deschamps realises that this will be a big step-up for his French team although sounded a note of confidence that Les Bleus can take a step nearer to the final.
“When you advance, things become more complicated and the German team is another step up,” Deschamps said. “They like possession, to impose a certain rhythm and they have a lot of experience at this stage of tournaments. They are more demanding opponents and we will have to adapt.”