Lille (France): Germany still have plenty of room for improvement after easing into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals by beating Slovakia 3-0 on Sunday, coach Joachim Loew warned.
The reigning world champions were comfortable winners in their last-16 clash in Lille as Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and the excellent Julian Draxler all scored while Mesut Ozil had an early penalty saved. "We put in a great effort, both defensively and going forward, but with all due respect to our opponents we cannot say from this that we are going to dominate the competition. We will have to improve to win the tournament," said Loew.
Loew said he is not worried about who his side meet next. "I am sleeping well. We have to improve if we want to compete with the other teams to win the title. Our task now will be more difficult and we cannot leave our opponents any spaces because teams will punish us. We also have to take our chances in the games we have coming up."
The main source of satisfaction so far for Loew has been in defence with Germany having reached the last eight without conceding a goal in any of their four matches at the tournament. "I'm happy the defence has performed well so far but now we will come up against more dangerous sides, who have top strikers."