Bremen - He may not have found the net himself in FC Bayern München's 7-0 thumping of SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 15, but having pulled the strings central midfield and set up a goal, Toni Kroos was instrumental in the Bavarians' victory.
Speaking after the encounter at the Weserstadion, the 23-year-old Germany international was full of praise for Bayern's team effort and looked ahead to his side's midweek UEFA Champions League encounter against Manchester City FC.
Question: Toni Kroos, after such an outstanding Bayern performance, can anything still be improved?
Kroos: You can't really complain after a 7-0 victory. There's little we could've done better.
Question:Franck Ribery returned from injury, and he could've hardly enjoyed a better comeback...
Kroos: It was obvious Franck was really keen on playing football again. He wanted to come back and help the team, and he most certainly did. That said, I don't think you should single out individual players after such a strong team display.
Question: How do FC Bayern manage to make things look so easy on the pitch?
Kroos: I don't actually think that's always the case. We were made work really hard by Augsburg in the DFB Cup on Wednesday for example. To be honest, Bremen made it pretty easy for us after going 3-0 down. They didn’t tighten up at the back like other teams, in order to keep the score to a minimum. That gave us plenty of room, but we worked hard for our lead in the first place.
Question: Next up is the Champions League encounter against Manchester City, with top spot in the group up for grabs...
Kroos: We haven't secured top spot yet, so again we'll have to be at our best. City are a very good side. We can't just rely on the previous result [against them] as it will be a whole new challenge.
Question: Next weekend you face Hamburger SV, who you beat 9-2 last time around. Can we expect another goal fest?
Kroos: Unfortunately that game also starts at 0-0. We'll have to be aware from the off. Having already played so many games in the first half of the season, you also start to feel a bit tired. We'll have to give our all again to get the better of HSV.
Interview: Michael Reis