Muller: Germany ready to defend title

Thomas Muller Germany World Cup 2014

Thomas Muller claims Germany are at the peak of their powers as the champions aim to defend their crown at the 2018 World Cup.

Die Mannschaft won their fourth World Cup title in Brazil four years ago when they edged out Argentina 1-0 in the final, courtesy of Mario Gotze’s extra-time winner.

Joachim Low’s side are amongst the favourites to triumph in Russia after cruising through the qualifiers with 10 wins from 10 in their group, having also won the Confederations Cup last year.

The Germans might not have won any of their last five friendlies since the qualifying campaign, but Muller believes they are stronger than the 2014 World Cup-winning team.

“Individually, without a doubt [we are better],” the Bayern M√ľnchen forward told reporters. “But football has developed considerably.

“Other countries have also come on leaps and bounds and their players have become much more technically refined.

“Comparing different generations doesn’t often get you anywhere. You simply have to keep up with the development of the sport and in that sense, we’re ready.

“We are world champions, we have several players at the peak of their powers. We are looking forward to the tournament.”

The 28-year-old went on to praise Low for the way the national team has evolved over the last eight years.

“German football has come a long way since 2010,” Muller added. “Not only given the success in 2014, but in the way we play our football.

“We love to be on the ball. Not to say that I don’t admire the old playing style. I personally look for the most direct way of scoring a goal.

“We have become a team who looks to stay on the ball, who plays a short-passing game with a lot of movement in spaces in the middle of the park.”