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Mueller happy to play up front

21 March 2013 16:14

Germany attacker Thomas Mueller says he would have no problem playing as a lone striker in the World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

With Miroslav Klose injured, Mario Gomez is the only recognised number nine in Joachim Loew's squad.

But the Bayern Munich winger would be happy to fill in up front if called upon by the 53-year-old.

"I won't deny that I could play there. Trust me I would be fine," he told Bild.

"I have not been talking to the coach about whether he has been thinking about it. He makes the decisions.

"In the centre you play more with your back to the opponent's goal and have to move into the gaps. When I play well it is usually when I am in the centre.

"However, it takes away the element of surprise, which comes when I normally sneak in from the right into the middle."

Friday's match against Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena is set to be played on an artificial surface, but the 23-year-old does not feel his side will be hindered by the unfamiliar surroundings.

"I have spent much of my youth on artificial pitches. The body can feel a little heavier, but the ball is there quicker and cleaner. For a passing game pitch is very good," Mueller said.

"The pitch suits us already. Because Kazakhstan barricade themselves in their own penalty area well, it is good if the ball is fast and the opponent cannot fill the gaps quickly."

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Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
22 March 2013
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
0 - 2
Full-time
0 - 3
Venue
Astana Arena (Astana)
Attendance
30000

Goals

0 - 1
20' T. Müller
 (assist by B. Schweinsteiger)
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0 - 3
74' T. Müller
 (assist by M. Özil)

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