The final scoreline of the 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Germany & Brazil was 7-1, but German defender Mats Hummels revealed it could have been way, way more.
‘We just made it clear that we had to stay focused and not try to humiliate them,’ he said.
‘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.’
Hummels, who hopes to recover from injury in time for Sunday’s final, believes Germany will have to deliver a repeat performance in Rio de Janeiro.
‘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,’ he added.
Joachim Low’s side led 5-0 after the first 45 minutes in Belo Horizonte before completing a 7-1 rout to reach Sunday’s final.