Kroos relieved to make amends for Germany at World Cup

Kristopher Nichols
June 27, 2018

Like the central character in a blood-curdling Gothic horror, the Germany boss seems to be travelling Russian Federation with his personal storm cloud.

South Korea's cause won't be helped by the loss of skipper Ki Sung-yeung to injury, and full-back Park Joo-ho is still sidelined.

As his players climbed back on the bus and ventured through the flash floods on streets of the Tatar capital in search of an alternative venue, the manager spoke of the need to keep emotions under control.

And coach Low says his side will take control of their own qualification, telling a press conference: "We need to have clarity in our own result".

"Against South Korea we will all know what is at stake and what our common goal is".

'Zero points and the pressure was huge. "I am sure we will push on again on Wednesday". We kept a level head because we had to work. Victory and euphoria can not extend too far'.

"To be honest, Germany are a lot stronger than us and it won't be easy", he said.

If Mexico and South Korea both win, Mexico would win the group and every other team would be tied with three points.

"To be able to react if needed, I will be informed about the result of the Mexico versus Sweden match on the bench".

"When you threaten me, when you call me a "blatte" (a pejorative word for a dark-skinned foreigner), an "Arab devil", a "terrorist", "Taliban", then you have gone far beyond the limit", he said. "I want, and we want, to share it with him", Pekerman said.

Germany plays at 10 a.m. EDT; Brazil is at 2 p.m. EDT.

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'Morale is not that bad, ' said the Spurs star.

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Germany were far from flawless against the Swedes. While El Tri lead the group on six points, Germany and Sweden have equal records.

'We know we need to win, ' said the Germany boss.

Toni Kroos' goal against Sweden was the latest goal scored by Germany in normal time at the World Cup (94:42) - Kroos has been involved in five goals in his last five World Cup games (3 goals, 2 assists).

"Of course, the first goal (by Sweden) was my fault".

"We were vulnerable to counter-attacks". If they win by two goals, your stake is returned, but a bigger victory sees you win.

'They have quick players and it will be our task to contain that, ' said Low, who will be forced to into changes.

The 2014 World Cup winners will be without midfielder Sebastian Rudy, who underwent surgery for a broken nose suffered in the last-minute win against Sweden, and the suspended Jerome Boateng.

However, Mats Hummels should be fit to start as he recovers from a neck injury.

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