Germany defender Tony Jantschke lamented his side had faced a tough task in Group B of the Euro Under-21 Championship finals in Israel.
Rainer Adrion’s side lost both of their Group B games – 3-2 to the Netherlands and 1-0 to Spain – and Jantschke [pictured, right] accepted that the Germans had come off second best in both matches, particularly against the Spanish.
“This is how football is sometimes. We knew coming into this tournament that we had a really tough group and basically two finals in the first two matches.
“In the first game we were a bit unlucky, but Spain were clearly better than us today. They were superior and got a deserved victory in the end,” the Borussia Monchengladbach told a Press conference.
“I think Spain have so much individual quality and they were just a little bit better today. They managed to use the full width of the pitch and their wingers were causing us problems.
“The two central midfielders always managed to find space and that was why it was very difficult for us to contain them. We just have to accept that they were the better team tonight.
“We tried to adjust to them. At the beginning of the match it worked and we also did well in the 20 to 25 minutes before the break. At the start of the second half you got the feeling that we were beginning to keep them away from our area, but in the final stages of the game they deserved to score.
“That's just how it is and we have to accept it. It's very disappointing for us because we had much bigger ambitions. Football is like this sometimes,” he explained.