Brazil v Germany: Key Battles - Former Chelsea star crucial

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Ahead of the 2014 World Cup semi-final clash between Brazil and Germany, we look at three battles that could decide the outcome...

Thomas Muller v David Luiz

Having not scored in his last two games will have hurt Thomas Muller, especially as he is now two goals behind James Rodriguez in the quest for this World Cup’s Golden Boot award. He knows that he could set a record no one else have ever done before and win back-to-back Golden Boots.

Aside from his shooting power, Muller can create goals. We saw this when he skipped into the box and set up Andre Schurrle for the extra-time goal against Algeria.

Brazil international defender David Luiz, who left Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain before the World Cup, showed off his impressive goalscoring style against Colombia - a stunning 40-yard free kick blasted into the top corner.

It seems like no one can work out where these players' best positions truly lie, and this will only help towards making this match more entertaining.

Hulk v Mats Hummels

With Neymar’s injury putting a big dampener on Brazil’s quarter-final win over Colombia, Hulk will have to step up massively. No one will be able to fill the void that Neymar has left, but Hulk does have to try.

He has had a disappointing World Cup so far performance-wise, but the promising thing about Hulk is that if he is the central focal point of the attack, then he will perform better. At Zenit Saint Petersburg, he is used as their main forward and always brings in the goals. Brazil need to use him in the same way and hope that he delivers similar performances.

Hummels has arguably been the best defender of the World Cup so far and his performance against France was simply stunning. Not only showing his power in the air by scoring a header, he also made some crucial sliding tackles and interceptions to deny France.

Miroslav Klose v Dante

Starting against France, Miroslave Klose only showed a small glimpse of the true talent that he has. His two relatively poor performances will only spur him on to get that illusive goal and make himself the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer.

Standing in his way alongside David Luiz will be Dante. As Thiago Silva is suspended for this tie following his yellow card against Colombia, the 30-year-old will be in line to fill his space. He is capable and accomplished, and will be confident against Klose.

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