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Schurrle: Germany as strong as France

The Chelsea midfielder insists that his compatriots know their strengths but recognizes the need for the team to improve against Les Bleus.

Andre Schurrle has admitted that France will provide a tough test for Germany but insists that his teammates are confident of their abilities.

Joachim Low’s side will play Les Bleus in Rio de Janeiro on Friday with a place in the semifinals of the World Cup at stake. 

Didier Deschamps’ men have impressed in the tournament so far with striker Karim Benzema coming to form and scoring three goals for his team. 

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Schurrle – who scored the opening goal in Germany’s extra-time win against Algeria in the second round – recognizes France's strengths but says his compatriots are not scared of their opponents.

“France have some fantastic individual players like [Paul] Pogba, [Karim] Benzema and [Mathieu] Valbuena,” the 23-year-old told FIFA’s official website. “They have a lot of quality and can create goals from any situation. We know their strengths, but we also know ours.”

The Chelsea midfielder played just 28 minutes in Germany’s three group games in the tournament but is hopeful that he will start on the left wing against France in Rio.

“It’s a childhood dream to be at a World Cup here in Brazil,” he said. “Now we’ve got to show what we’re made of against France in the quarterfinal. Anyone would love to be part of a match like that.

“My chances of starting the match on Friday definitely haven’t worsened [since he scored against Algeria].”

Despite having reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup, Low’s men have received criticism after they failed to beat Algeria in 90 minutes in the last-16 tie last week.

Schurrle admitted that Die Mannschaft did not play well enough in Porto Alegre but knows that only an improved performance against Deschamps' men will see Germany reach the semifinals of the competition.

“Against France we’ve got to perform better,” Schurrle said. “We’ve just got to concentrate and play well. If we can do that, we can beat the French too.”

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