Saturday November 16 2013
Thiago Motta: 'Kroos was unsporting'

Thiago Motta assures he put his scuffle with Toni Kroos behind him, despite an “unsporting” tackle.

The Italy midfielder got into a row with Kroos during last night’s 1-1 draw, shoving a finger in the German’s face after he was tripped.

“I think he was unsporting, as he tackled me from behind, but it stays on the field. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all finished,” Motta told Rai Sport.

“At times in the game we were under pressure, especially with that possession for minutes at a time that is tough to break down.

“However, we also put them under pressure at times. Germany have been a good team for a long time. A draw is a good result.

“Germany have always been good at set plays and they are physically very strong. Above all they troubled us in the first half, but we improved after the break.

“Antonio Candreva did well when coming off the bench and the Coach has a lot of faith in him, as he can change our style.”

Motta plays his football at Paris Saint-Germain, so was surprised by France’s 2-0 World Cup play-off defeat to Ukraine.

“This is football. There’s no such thing as an easy game and this proves modern football has every team at a good level, so you need to play at 100 per cent.”