Hummels: Germany do not want an exciting or close quarter-final

The Borussia Dortmund stopper hopes that die Mannschaft will take an early lead against Hellas in order to prise open their deep-lying defence
Germany centre-back Mats Hummels has warned that Greece will look to expose his side using quick counter-attacks, and is hoping Joachim Low's men can grab a goal in the early exchanges.

The Group B winners were the only team to finish the Euro 2012 group stage with a perfect record, finishing top with three wins from three games, and now face Greece in the quarter-finals on Friday.

And the 23-year-old stated that his side are fully focused heading into the match.

"We don't want to go out at the quarter-finals, especially not after such a strong showing in the group stages, so we are going into the game extremely motivated and ready," he told

"We don't want to make it an exciting and close game. We want to take the lead early."

Hummels believes that Fernando Santos' side will defend deep and invite pressure, and that die Mannschaft cannot afford to be profligate in front of goal.

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"That is at least how I expect them to play but we will see," he added. "I would be surprised if they are the more active of the two sides.

"It depends on how you approach teams like this. We're naturally going to have more of the possession and it is important to be clinical with the few chances we will create against a team that sits so deep.

"The difficult thing will be not to be caught on the counterattack and we have to be careful on set pieces as well."

Though Low's side successfully navigated the 'Group of Death', the Dortmund man believes there is still room for improvement.

"Results wise we are doing well but there are still things we can improve on from an individual perspective which we are hoping to see in our game against Greece," he added.

The game in Gdansk kicks off at 20:45CET on Friday.