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Kroos: Germany still among the best

Defeat to Italy does not detract from team's ability

ESPN staff

Toni Kroos struggled to keep Andrea Pirlo at bay against Italy

Germany are still one of the world's most dangerous football teams despite their Euro 2012 defeat to Italy, according to Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos.

Overwhelming favourites before their last-four encounter with the Azzurri, Joachim Low's side were surprisingly put to the sword by two goals from Mario Balotelli.

But Kroos, who struggled to make an impact on his first start of the tournament having been tasked with keeping in-form Andrea Pirlo at bay,  insists that one loss does not make Germany a bad team.

"It was a long season, especially for the Bayern players, but we showed that we are absolutely among the top teams," Kroos told Sport1. "This will also be the case after the tournament.

"Of course we will try to develop further. In this tournament, you could see that we had much better squad depth than in the previous two tournaments.

"The coach could change two or three positions and there was never a loss of quality. I think we have progressed a bit further, but it is important that we eventually win a title."



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