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Sunday 17 December 2017

MULLER WARY OF POLISH TRIP

Thomas Muller is warning Germany not to take Poland lightly when they meet in this evening's Euro 2016 qualifier.

The old rivals face off in Warsaw, with both having won their opening Group D fixtures last month.

Germany were somewhat fortunate to see off Scotland - perhaps still adjusting to life as world champions - while Poland put seven past European newboys Gibraltar.

The stakes will be raised for both sides on Saturday, though, and Poland will fancy their chances of recording a maiden win over Germany.

And, with that in mind, Muller is telling his team-mates to be on their guard.

"Our attitude is to be very professional and determined to take the three points," he said. "We need a good attitude and a good mentality. Poland are not an opponent you take seriously for just three quarters of the time. They are very forward moving and have a dangerous player up front.''

That player is Robert Lewandowski, Muller's team-mate at Bayern Munich.

The 26-year-old, who has scored 23 international goals, poses the biggest threat to Germany and he is hoping they will be complacent - just as they were against the Scots last time out.

"Maybe they will be too confident after winning the World Cup," Lewandowski said.

"Maybe they will oversleep a little and we will be able to take advantage. I hope so. We know their qualities, but we will not park a bus in our penalty area."

Having pushed Germany so close last time out, on a night when they surprised many onlookers with their attacking abilities, Scotland will be keen not to waste any positivity when they face Georgia.

Striker Steven Naismith, so impressive for Everton this season, believes boss Gordon Strachan will send them out with a firm emphasis on attacking.

"I think we will be more positive. Playing with two strikers doesn't necessarily mean you are being more positive but the manager will have a system in mind. He has very rarely got it wrong since he took over.

"But one thing for sure is that we will be more attacking than we were in Germany. We will need to be."

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