Chelsea star looking to 'dominate' France in quarter-final clash

Andre Schurrle 2 Germany

Germany duo Andre Schurrle and Manuel Neuer look ahead to their World Cup quarter-final clash against France at the Maracana on Friday.

Andre Schurrle says that Germany must "dominate" their upcoming quarter-final meeting with France if they are to advance further in the World Cup.

Germany overcame a tough test against Algeria to set up Friday's mouthwatering clash, and the Chelsea forward says that he is expecting a similar challenge against the 1998 World Cup winners.

"I expect a very intense match against France," the 23-year-old said. "Both teams have got top players so it will be end-to-end stuff."

Schurrle believes that Germany cannot allow the match to become too open, however, saying they should look to take control of the game instead.

"We should try to avoid an open fight because that would set the chances to 50/50," he said. "Germany always try to dominate games just as we have done in the past. If we do that I'm sure we can win the quarter-final."

Although Germany controlled possession for long periods against Algeria, they were by no means comfortable. They spurned a number of chances and were unable to break the deadlock in normal time.

Algeria looked threatening on the counter-attack, and although Schurrle and Mesut Ozil netted in extra time, the North Africans got the goal they deserved in the dying seconds.

Germany will need to defend better against the dangerous French attack led by Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists his side will try to improve on their previous performances, but says that at the World Cup winning is all that matters.

"Germany are not 100% satisfied with the way we've played," Neuer said. "Some things didn't work well, and our style of football certainly wasn't perfect but nevertheless we finished all of our games bar one as the winners - that's key.

"I hope we can improve our style of football, but in the end it is success that matters."

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