Rio de Janerio: Germany defender Mats Hummels shocked everyone when he revealed that he and his teammates made a half-time dressing room pact not to "humiliate" Brazil during their record-breaking World Cup semi-final clash on Tuesday.
Germany, who crushed hosts Brazil 7-1, were already 5-0 up at half-time in Belo Horizonte. According to reports yesterday, Hummels was quoted as saying: "We just made it clear that we had to stay focused and not try to humiliate them. "We said we had to stay serious and concentrate at half-time. That's something you don't have to show on the pitch if you are playing.
"You have to show the opponent respect and it was very important that we did this and didn't try to show some magic or something like this. It was important we played our game for 90 minutes.
"After our second goal they got confused.
They were not organised on the pitch and after that we didn't miss a chance until we scored the fifth goal. This doesn't happen too often. You just have to enjoy it."
Hummels, who is racing against time to recover from a knee injury for the final showdown against Argentina, said Germany will have to do an encore of their semis show. "We must keep our feet on the ground, but that's no problem for us.
We know how hard it will be on Sunday. It doesn't matter who the opponent is on the day. It will be a hard fight and the only chance we have of winning is if we know that from the start.
"We know we are one of the best teams in the world, but you always need a bit of luck. We must enjoy what happened, but if we lose the final, this semi-final will not be worth anything. It will be no problem keeping our feet on the ground," Hummels said
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