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Volland hails Germany's 'intensity and passion'

Germany captain Kevin Volland said his side will be tough to beat if "we play with that intensity and passion" shown in their convincing 3-0 defeat of Denmark on Saturday.

2015 highlights: Germany 3-0 Denmark

Horst Hrubesch, Germany coach
It was really pleasing to play the same as we did in the second half against Serbia. It was tough to get into the match in the first ten minutes, but we were facing a very good team. After that, though, we were able to go through the gears. We fought as a team. We had to go through the middle and Kevin [Volland] was key to that as the focal point of the attack.

You can't play long balls against Denmark so we passed through the pitch and perhaps that showed up their weaknesses in the end. I've got great respect for Denmark. We want to win every game and that has to be the mentality going into the last match. It would be nice to top the group and stay in Prague.

Marc-André ter Stegen, Germany goalkeeper
We simply did everything better than against Serbia, above all, in terms of our pressing. Amin Younes is extremely difficult to handle, because he has such an unusual centre of gravity. It makes him quite difficult to deal with for opposing players. We worked well as a team today, even if we let things slip a little at the end of the second half.

Kevin Volland, Germany forward
The whole team performed well. You could see that the atmosphere was a little uncertain after the game against Serbia. We reacted well, and if we play with that intensity and passion, it'll be difficult to beat us.


Jess Thorup, Denmark coach
I would say that we met a better team today who had more quality, particularly in attack – they were very good at finishing. I also think we had our chances but we were not good enough in those situations and that's why we lost to a better team. We were good on the ball but we were missing the final pass; when they were in the same situations they were better and that's why they won the game.

That was our first 'match point' and we've missed it. Now we have to get back on it and find some new confidence for the next game. We have to win the game and if we do that we're through to the semi-finals.

Andreas Christensen, Denmark defender
I think it was quite even until half-time but after that Germany were a step up. At the start of the second half they came out more aggressively than us and we ended up putting more pressure on ourselves by giving away fouls on the edge of the penalty area. Then it's hard to get out.

[Now we need] to get together, improve our mood and get the spirits up again by talking to family and friends and having two good training sessions. [The spirit] might be damaged a little after that but I'm confident we can build it back up again because we all support each other.

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