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Saturday 16 December 2017

Muller: We have yet to reach our goal

Thomas Muller says Germany will not rest up and put their "foot to the floor once again" as they prepare for Sunday's World Cup final.

The Germans will not reflect on their incredible 7-1 thrashing of Brazil, but will put their hearts and souls into clinching a fourth World Cup title.

Brazil were put to the sword by the Germans in the emotionally-charged semi-final as they felt the loss of injured superstar Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva.

"We haven't reached our goal yet, we will put our foot to the floor once again and put our heart and souls into it to win this thing," said Muller, who scored Germany's 2000th international goal to kick-off the rout.

"We can't run away with ourselves, just as it was said that we were finished after the (last 16 win over) Algeria, now we'll be praised to the heavens.

"That's really the wrong approach - we're really just a very good team."

Germany will now travel to Rio for their eighth World Cup final having avenged their 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the 2002 final in emphatic style.

"We played an unbelievable game - respect, but another game is yet to come," said man-of-the-match Kroos as Brazil suffered their worst international defeat.

"We have come here to be world champions and we're not there yet.

"Whatever happens, there is a top opponent ahead of us and we both have a 50:50 chance."

EERILY

Centre-back Mats Hummels said the German dressing room in Belo Horizonte was eerily quiet after the final whistle and there is a determination to realise the dream of a fourth title.

"It was astoundingly quiet in the dressing room, but that was easy to explain as we knew we had the game won with an hour to play, not wishing to sound arrogant," he said.

"So there wasn't much emotion after the final whistle.

"This is really something special, especially when you think what each individual has done.

"Now we will try to give everything to make our big dream come true."

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