Spain and Germany played an interesting match. In the end, both teams had to be satisfied with one point. Holger Badstuber, former national team player and football player of Bayern, commented on the performance of the team “The result against Spain took a load off my mind," he said, as quoted by eurosport.com.
"And in Germany I was certainly not alone in that. Because what I and the fans wanted to see from the German national team, it showed.
In each of my 31 caps, I felt the honour and I understood it as a mission to tear myself apart for this jersey.
Against Spain, I felt this energy in every German on and off the pitch.
The second group game was primarily about the attitude. The fact that the basic elements such as determination and team spirit were there is the most important thing to realise."
Holger Badstuber on Fullkrug
Badstuber commented on the team's game, and he was particularly pleased with the team's striker, Fullkrug “The idea of giving the strong opponent no space in the centre with Gundogan, Kimmich and Goretzka in midfield and Sule and Rudiger in central defence was obvious and was implemented well.
Defensively, it was a completely different approach than in the opening defeat to Japan.
Spain, with their very experienced players and strong young players like Gavi, Pedri, Olmo and Torres, can never be completely eliminated, but we had them under control and got our reward for our efforts.
The German team should continue to focus on defending the wings better, but also on its own strengths.
That clearly includes Niclas Fullkrug.
Against Costa Rica, he would be the right choice for the first team and he is totally ready for that! We need a win, we need a clear striker and his goals. With Fullkrug from the start, it would be clear: There's a real No. 9, there's someone who wants the ball and who has proven how dangerous he is.
That's an important signal.
I liked Leroy Sane after his substitution, too. I think he'll be in the first team against Costa Rica as well. His ability to score is very important, and he can also play decisive passes."
The former Bayern player believes that Germany has great potential, and that they must confirm it.
“What Germany showed against Spain was close to their maximum. But we haven't reached it yet. Defensive and offensive details still need to be improved. All the same, self-confidence has been boosted and the mood has turned positive. But the moment of truth will come on Thursday”.