Sami Khedira scored in Germany’s 2-0 World Cup Group C qualifying victory over Northern Ireland and he believes he is profiting from playing higher up the pitch at club level.

The 29-year-old scored only six goals in La Liga over five seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, before scoring on five occasions in 20 Serie A appearances last term for Juventus, adding two more in the league in his second campaign with Juve this season.

Khedira spoke with the reporters after Germany’s win in Hanover:

“Scoring more goals it’s because of my more advanced position on the pitch” 

“You recover the feeling for the space. You can see that I play more offensive in Italy.”

“In Madrid, I played a little bit more defensive. If you are in the scoring areas in the games every three, four days, you get the feeling,”

“It’s just a matter of practice. Maybe that is the conclusion.”