By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Although Germany were widely favoured to emerged triumphant against Italy in their Euro 2012 semi-final, a Mario Balotelli double in the first half and the knocking out of Joachim Low's squad after 90 minutes was what ensued.
Kroos, who made his first start of Euro 2012 during the Germans' loss to Italy, believes the team paid the price for an extended club season.
"It was a long season, especially for the Bayern players, but we showed that we are absolutely among the top teams, this will also be the case after the tournament," he said to Sport1.
While the midfielder was disappointed with Germany's exit, he expressed optimism at the progress shown in this 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," Kroos stated.
"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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Reflecting on the defeat handed to them by the Azzurri, Kroos acknowledged that Germany were not the better team in the fixture.
"Our link up play was quite good, but it is always the case that if you concede two avoidable goals the game will go differently. There were times when we were better than Italy, but not enough," he said.
"In the end we were the team that made two mistakes too many in a decisive game. This can prove deadly in a semi-final, especially against Italy."