BELO HORIZONTE: German midfielder Toni Kroos promised that he and his team-mates, after their historic demolition of Brazil, would not be lulled into a false sense of complacency for the World Cup Final, writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
The Bayern Munich midfielder, who scored twice in quick succession, was voted man of the match after Germany’s 7-1 victory over the five-times World Cup-winners and finals hosts in the Estadio Mineirao.
But he knows the Final, against Argentina or Holland in the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, will be a very different matter and again a far better team than the ramshackle Brazilians.
Kroos, who is thought to be off to Real Madrid after the finals, said: “We have come here to become world champions and nobody has done that just by winning a semi-final.
“We know we will have an extremely difficult last match, regardless of who wins the other semi-final. It will be tighter than this match so we will have to deliver another absolutely top performance.
“Anyhow, I am certain we will be refreshed and ready to deliver a great final. That’s our goal.”
Kroos admitted to feel professional sympathy for the Brazilian players who had been humiliated in front of their own fans.
He said: “Normally the difference between teams at this level is not that big. Brazil have outstanding players and they had the extra pressure on their shoulders of feeling they had to become world champions at home.
“But the weight was maybe too big. We felt that during the entire tournament. At no time did they ever play their best. Then we did not allow them to settle inti a rhythm so they could become dangerous.”
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