Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mourinho: Mueller needs to be tested

 Jose Mourinho does not share the hype surrounding Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller, saying he would like to see him score a hat-trick against a strong defence and not the perforated Portugal backline he met last Monday.

Mueller, top-scorer at the World Cup four years ago, already is joint top scorer in Brazil after just one game. His hat-trick against Portugal took him to eight goals in seven World Cup finals’ appearances, but that has not particularly impressed the Chelsea coach.

“I would like to see Mueller up against a compact defence,” said Mourinho. “That would test him. “Portugal were far too weak. There are plenty of teams at this World Cup who defend far better, are much tighter and better organised.”

Mourinho nevertheless found some praise for the Bayern Munich midfielder, who netted 13 times in the Bundesliga last season. “He’s incredibly dynamic and has a unique goalscoring instinct, and he finds room on the field that nobody else knows about. “But I still think that, even with Mueller, Germany don’t have a real forward in their team.”

Germany, three-time World Cup champions, face Ghana in a Group G encounter from 3 p.m. today in Fortaleza.