Joachim Low: Germany made 'good progress' in 6-0 thrashing of Norway
Germany coach Joachim Low admitted his side's 6-0 victory over Norway allowed him to find enjoyment in football again after the shameful scenes in Prague last week.
In his prematch news conference, an angry Low condemned the "deeply despicable'' behaviour of some of their fans during Friday's win over the Czech Republic when a minute's silence was interrupted and there were reports of Nazi-era chants being made.
Returning to play on home soil for the first time in three months proved to be a different story as the hosts raced into a 4-0 lead before half-time with goals from Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and two from Timo Werner, on his return to his home city of Stuttgart.
Substitutes Leon Goretzka and Mario Gomez completed the rout in the second half to maintain their 100 percent record in Group C of their World Cup qualifying campaign and put a smile back on Low's face.
"It was a lot of fun to play here in Stuttgart, the mood was great. That shows the beauty of football,'' Low said after the match.
"After the Czech Republic game, we said there must be another spirit in this team again and we have made good progress against Norway.
"It was the first home game for a long time and before the game it felt that the spectators were 'hot' to see the team and we then did our part with nice goals.''
RB Leipzig forward Werner, back in front of a familiar crowd having started his career at Stuttgart, was delighted to have put on a show.
"We were different from the emotionality and attitude of the Czech Republic. We took it seriously from the first minute and did not stop,'' he said after taking his tally to six goals in eight appearances.
"I am glad that I now play regularly in the national team. To experience this in my home is very special and means a lot to me and I am extremely happy that I was so well received.
"Thanks to the fans, they have supported me so much.''
Norway coach Lars Lagerback admitted the world champions exposed every weakness.
"Germany is a fantastic team, definitely one of the best in the world, they have made it very difficult for us,'' he said.
"When you don't have a 100 per cent team performance it's hard against such a team.''