Bayern Munich and Germany star Thomas Müller is excited to be facing England at the European Championships, but knows the game is going to be an absolute battle.
“We are looking forward to the game and to our opponents,” said (as captured by teamTALK). “England are always ambitious. But we both played well in our respective groups and have also had to deal with some criticism. England drew 0-0 with Scotland while we had hoped to take more than just a 2-2 draw against Hungary. This is a knock-out game. Both teams have individual players that can make a difference.”
Müller knows that both England and Germany are both confident in their respective ability to move on — and that is why the game is a fascinating match.
“I think that both teams have enough confidence to say: ‘It is our turn today – we will win and reach the next round.’ That’s what makes this so interesting,” said Müller. “It will be important for us to keep a clean sheet against England – something we didn’t manage in the group stage.”
As for what Germany will need to do to come away with a victory, Müller was blunt in his assessment.
“We will need to be alert when they switch over to attack and try to keep their offense at bay. Every one of us will need to have the mindset that it’s possible to narrowly win this game. We need to be creative in attack, while also not losing our shape. Having a healthy balance between the two is important in games like this.”