Ahead of Germany’s match with Norther Ireland today the German striker Thomas Muller has insisted that he is not concerned by his lack of goals at the competition.
Muller scored five goals for Germany in the World Cup two years ago and he contributed the same amount in the 2010 World Cup. However, after seven games over two European Championships he is yet to score.
— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) June 17, 2016
Speaking ahead of the game Muller said that he hopes he can score but reiterated that it’s not his “main thing”. He said that he is far more focused on the team performing well and winning the game.
Muller is in France after his best ever season with his club Bayern Munich which saw him score 32 goals as Bayern claimed another Bundesliga and German Cup double. During qualifying for Euro 2016 Muller scored 9 of Germany’s 24 goals and he has scored 32 times in 73 internationals.
However, in the team’s two games so far at Euro 2016 he has been uncharacteristically frustrated. He has not even had a goal scoring chance at the tournament.
Nonetheless, he appears to be calm about his performance and was referring to the role that chance plays in the game, “Because it looks good in theory or the drawing board, it doesn’t mean that it’ll work out effortlessly in reality. A football game is very complex.”
He went on to say that it is the player’s job to “stay hungry and keep going where it hurts, to try and get to the ball a step quicker than the opponent. Regardless of whether you’re praised to the heavens or a bit criticised, you shouldn’t pay too much attention to either.”
Germany is top of Group C but they are still going to be after a win after a disappointing goalless draw with Poland last week.