Toni Kroos says Germany were taught how to play with and without the ball after they fell to a shock 6-0 defeat to Spain on Tuesday night.
Toni Kroos and his German teammates were left with nowhere to look after they were handed a defeat they will remember for quite a while.
Spain scored three goals in either half and were dominant from start to finish as they ended the match with almost 70 per cent possession and took 23 shots compared to Germany’s two.
The result was Germany’s worst ever-competitive loss. The last time they conceded six goals was against France back in 1958. Head coach Joachim Low was short of words after the defeat as well.
Being one of Europe’s top sides, Kroos and Germany are used to winning games in such a manner but they were on the wrong end of it on Tuesday night.
The Real Madrid man admits the defeat hurts and they were taught a lesson.
“It hurt. Defensively, we did not get any access at all. Spain showed us how to defend, how to play with the ball and without the ball,” Kroos told ARD.
Germany forward Serge Gnabry echoed his team-mate, adding: “Nothing worked for us today, we just couldn’t get access. Spain deservedly won even at this level. We tried to push each other. Spain simply did well, we did very badly. Now maybe we know where we stand. That makes us think. We still have a bit of time and have to make the best of it.”
The result brings Germany’s run of 12 games unbeaten to a disappointing end.