Toni Kroos: Scots won’t try to play much football

Kroos expects an 'aggressive' Scottish performance. Picture: Getty
Kroos expects an 'aggressive' Scottish performance. Picture: Getty
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GERMANY’S Toni Kroos expects a battle at Hampden tomorrow night but is confident the world champions can take the next step to Euro 2016 and snuff out any remaining hopes Scotland have of making it to France next summer.

Germany leapfrogged Poland at the summit of Group D on Friday with a hugely impressive 3-1 victory in Frankfurt. Earlier in the evening Scotland had slumped to a dispiriting defeat in Georgia, leaving Gordon Strachan’s side in fourth place.

Kroos said: “I think it was a convincing performance given the circumstances that we faced. Going into the game, we knew that we had to beat Poland and we delivered on what we needed to do. Now we can take the decisive step on Monday in Glasgow when we play Scotland.

“We said at the beginning of this international break we wanted to win both of the matches. Now that we have won the first one against Poland, we are not done yet. It may be a little uncomfortable in Scotland, but we are forewarned and we are ready.

“There were one or two moments against Poland when we invited their chances by making errors, but if we have good positional play in Glasgow and avoid making those mistakes again, then we will win the game.”

Kroos also insisted Germany will not be intimidated by any show of aggression by the Scots.

He said: “It is always difficult going to Glasgow because Scotland won’t try to play so much football. But they will be aggressive and will make things as hard as possible for us.

“It was also hard game for us against Poland, but we knew it was going to be like that and we played well. I think it was a good match to watch.”

Scotland defender Russell Martin still believes the home side can get a positive result against Germany as they seek to retain hopes of automatic qualification.

A Scotland defeat, coupled with home wins for Poland and the Irish against Gibraltar and Georgia respectively, would end those hopes immediately, although victory over Poland next month should give Scotland a good chance of a play-off spot.

After failing to register a shot on target on Friday night, Scotland did not have the best warm-up to one of the most difficult tasks in football but they caused Germany problems and created chances in Dortmund in the opening group game before going down 2-1.

And Martin has welcomed the chance to atone for defeat in Tbilisi against Joachim Low’s side.

“Any game at home, it happens to be against Germany, the atmosphere will be great,” the Norwich player said. “It’s one we are all looking forward to regardless of Friday night’s result. We will go there and have a go. We are more than capable of getting a result, we nearly got one over there.

“We have to move on quickly. There are nine points to play for. We want all nine and we need to get as many as we can to make sure we are in the mix for France. It’s as simple as that.”