Other clubs never came into my thoughts once I knew Arsenal wanted to sign me.
This is very hard for us. We made some silly mistakes and that was the opportunity for Italy to score their goals. In the second half we did everything within our power; we gave our best, but we scored too late. Shortly after half-time we had a great opportunity [Lahm missing the target]. That could have been the chance to get back in the game and to go on and win. But the way in which Italy’s goals were scored shouldn’t happen.
“If you make the mistakes we’ve made, be it the first or second goal, then you are struggling against a technically skilled team like Italy”. We had some goalscoring chances, but maybe we simply weren’t lucky today. The team tried everything, but if you make these mistakes and go behind against Italy, it becomes difficult. You could see that today.
Every defeat is bitter and painful, especially if you get this far in a tournament. You always plan on reaching the final, but today we didn’t succeed. This is hard as I see a lot of potential in our team. But if you don’t manage to call on this potential at the right time or if you’re not clever enough in certain situations, then you lose a match like this.