Germany star Sami Khedira has called for huge improvements from the side if they are going to have any chance of winning Euro 2016 this summer.
The 28-year-old Juventus midfielder was disappointed with some of the performances from Joachim Low’s men during the qualification campaign as they suffered defeats at the hands of Poland and Republic of Ireland, while they were pushed all the way by the likes of Scotland and Georgia.
Despite some indifferent displays, the Germans still progressed as group winners and will again face the Poles, Ukraine and Northern Ireland in Group C when the tournament gets under way in France this June.
On the face of it, Germany have a favourable draw, but Khedira feels they will still have to step up a gear in the finals and show why they are one of the favourites to follow up their 2014 World Cup win by becoming kings of Europe.
“If we are honest, we would have no chance in our current form,” he told Die Welt. “Our performances in the past few months were not good enough.
“I think that’s something all of us realise. Everyone knows that we all have to step up a gear if we want to play for the title at the European Championship.
“We have to be a close unit on and off the pitch. If we succeed then I’m totally convinced we’ll be hard to beat, then we will be in contention for the title definitely.”
Germany are 1.33 to win Group C at Euro 2016, while they can be backed at 4.00 to win the tournament outright.