World Cup 2014: Muller aiming high

Thomas Muller attends a news conference in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil.
Thomas Muller attends a news conference in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil.
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Germany midfielder Thomas Muller says there is only one trophy he wants to take back home with him this summer - and it is not the golden boot.

Muller finished joint top goalscorer of the World Cup four years ago and with his hat-trick in Germany’s first group game against Portugal, he is in the running for a repeat performance in Brazil.

However, the Bayern Munich player has said that the number of goals he scores personally does not matter in the grand scheme of things.

“I won the golden boot four years ago and to be honest, I wouldn’t know where to put another one,” he said at a press conference.

“It is never my goal to be the top scorer, but rather to be world champion.

“Of course it’s nice to see your name at the top, but that’s no big deal. There is another title which is far more valuable.”

Despite picking up a cut above his right eye in the final moments of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Ghana, Muller expects to play a part in Thursday’s final group game against the USA.

“It looks worse than it is,” he said. “The blood came pouring out, but I have no complaints.”

Instead, Muller says Germany’s opponents should be worried about facing them.

“Every team who comes up against us has to swallow hard,” he said. “That was our aim - we wanted to be uncomfortable opponents.

“We’re not a team who play long balls. That’s not our style. We like to have more possession and I think we’re heading in the right direction.”

Germany can keep their World Cup dreams alive by drawing with the USA in their final group game on Thursday to reach the last 16.Should they fail to beat a side led by German coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Portugal could pip them by beating Ghana.

Chris Wood sandwiched between Gethin Jones and Marc Roberts during last season's encounter, which the hosts won 3-2.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

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