Germany have a score to settle against Poland today: Thomas Muller
Still smarting from the 0-2 defeat to Poland in Warsaw last October, Germany's prolific forward reveals his team will have only revenge on their minds against the Poles
Berlin: Thomas Müller says Germany need to recapture their 2014 World Cup-winning form — and settle a score — against Poland in the first of two key Euro 2016 qualifiers today.
Germany's Thomas Muller
By their own admission, Joachim Loew's side have been below-par since winning the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro and find themselves in the usual position of being second in Group D, a point behind leaders Poland.
The Germans host Poland, then face third-placed Scotland in Glasgow on Monday, and as Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says "we need six points". First up, Loew's team are out to avenge their historic 0-2 defeat to Poland in Warsaw last October — the German's first loss to their neighbours — which was followed by a 1-1 draw at home to the Republic of Ireland.
"We have a score to settle with Poland," said Bayern Munich star Müller. "They are first, we are second, of course, we want to pass them in the table, but it's going to be tough work, we know that.
Germany players attend a training session in Frankfurt on Wednesday. Pics/AFP
"We need to play the sort of football again which we haven't seen for a while." His Bayern teammate Robert Lewandowski will lead Poland's attack and Müller says keeping the hot-shot striker quiet is a factor. But he added that "it's not just about Lewandowski, we have to stop their counter-attack and defend the space as well."
Poland arrive in Frankfurt looking to complete the double over their neighbours to stay top of the group. "Before the first match in Warsaw nobody believed we could beat them, but we did," said defender Kamil Glik. "Impossible is nothing in football.
Of course, every game has its own story, but I hope this Friday's tale will be also good for us. I can see that in general, more and more teams in Europe want to avoid Poland as an opponent."