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Muller focused on new challenge
Published : 09 Jun 2012 07:47:07
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller insists he has moved on from his Champions League disappointment and is now focused on winning silverware with Germany.
Bayern ended the season empty-handed with defeat to Bundesliga winners Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final before the bitter disappointment of losing to Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League final in Munich.
However, two weeks on from that particular low, Muller is keen to get back into the winning groove with Germany against Portugal on Saturday night, and said: "Speaking for myself, it no longer weighs me down. Things move so quickly in football and that was already two weeks ago and now we are focusing on the European Championships."
He continued: "When I am with the national team, I only think about the national team. Maybe in five years' time I will be sad again when I think about it (the Champions League defeat), but now I am excited to be here."
The disappointment of Muller and his Bayern team-mates, combined with their late arrival to the Germany squad, has hardly made for the best tournament preparations, but Germany coach Joachim Low is confident his team is settled and ready after a week of hard work together.
"I am delighted it is now getting under way," he said in Lviv. "We have a good feeling and we are looking forward to this game against Portugal. Now is the time to get going."
Cristiano Ronaldo was equally keen to get onto the field as he cut a relaxed figure alongside Portugal coach Paulo Bento at the pre-match press conference.
"At the moment, I don't feel any anxiety," he said. "The whole team feels good. Maybe the adrenaline will get a bit higher come the game, but right now I am not nervous at all.
"The team is in a very good condition and we are well prepared."