Germany´s future in the competition hung in the balance following a 2-1 defeat in their second Group B fixture against Slaven Bilic´s team, but they rescued themselves with a 1-0 win over Austria to reach the quarter-finals.
"Obviously I had these thoughts [of resigning]," he told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "But I tried to turn them into positives and don´t let these thoughts get me down."
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