Winning by one goal not enough for Bayern, says Kroos

The Germany international wants to thrash every opponent and believes that competition for places will bring the best out of his side's midfielders
Toni Kroos says Bayern Munich have to strive to win every game 5-0, explaining that winning by just one goal is "not enough" for the European champions.

The Bavarians have made a flying start to the season, triumphing in all but two Bundesliga games, and they have the chance to go seven points clear of Borussia Dortmund when they travel to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.

The Germany international says that Bayern's players are being driven forward by Pep Guardiola's relentless pursuit of perfection.

"You always have the motivation to give of your best,” the 23-year-old told The Times.

"That is why the team will not lose its hunger to win, even after winning the treble last year. Bayern exists only to win, but to win in style, too. Winning 2-1 is not enough. We have to win 5-0.

"[Guardiola's] philosophy is to have the ball, to keep the ball, and if you lose it, to get it back as soon as possible. That is the football that I like to play, too."

Kroos has been employed in a variety of roles for both club and country but says that he thrives on being able to attack and defend.

"I don’t have a favourite. I like to create chances, to shoot when I play farther forward, but I also like playing deeper, as you have more time on the ball.”

"Midfielders have to be more flexible now. You have to be able to score, but also to defend.

"Dominating the midfield is the most important thing in modern football. To succeed, you have to be good at everything."

Germany are among the favourites for next summer's World Cup but Kroos feels that there are still some kinks to iron out.

"Of course we are hopeful for the World Cup, but it will not be easy to go to Brazil and win. All the major nations, Spain, Brazil, Italy, England, have the ability to lift the title.

"You need a bit of luck. But it is difficult for Germany because there are a lot of different philosophies in the national team. 

"Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Arsenal all play with different approaches, and we are still working to get the right one [in the national side].

"Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is not as good as it needs to be."