Thomas Muller has warned Germany fans to expect a tight and nerve-wracking World Cup final against Argentina on Sunday.
The Bayern Munich star has scored five goals to help the Germans to the final, including one in the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi-final.
Muller says the team is not reading anything into Tuesday night’s extraordinary match and is expecting a completely different game at the Maracana.
“I don’t know what kind of a game it will be on Sunday, but I don’t expect it to be 5-0 at half-time,” he said. “That would be nice, but it’s probably going to be tight like it was against Algeria or France.”
“It was about not trying to humiliate our opponents or showboating,” he said. “We wanted to carry on playing normal football and not get arrogant, but that’s quite normal – it was the players’ initiative.”
As a result, Muller says Germany were able to “concentrate on preserving energy and avoiding injuries” in the second half.