Thomas Müller and Mesut Özil set to miss Brazil friendly

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Thomas Müller and Mesut Özil set to miss Brazil friendly

Muller and Ozil set to miss Brazil friendly

Bongarts

Germany face fellow World Cup favourites Brazil at the Olympic Stadium this week, but Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller appear unlikely to play.

Thomas Müller and Mesut Özil have not travelled with the Germany squad for their friendly against Brazil in Berlin on Tuesday. Both players started and Müller scored an eye-catching equaliser as Joachim Löw's side drew 1-1 with Spain in Düsseldorf on Friday.

Arsenal playmaker Özil completed the match, while Bayern Munich forward Müller was replaced by Leon Goretzka with nine minutes to go. Germanyannounced via their official Twitter account that neither of the key men have travelled ahead of the meeting with the Selecão at the Olympic Stadium. 

Mesut Özil pictured in last night's friendly against Spain

Düsseldorf display pleases Löw

It remains to be seen if Müller and Özil have sustained minor fitness problems or if the experienced duo have been granted a rest by head coach Löw, who was satisfied with his side's efforts against Spain. "I thought it was a great test for both teams," he said. "We can learn a lot from tonight [Friday], that's why we wanted to play against teams like Spain and Brazil. You can only truly gauge yourself as a team when you face the best. However, we still want to push on and improve. We can go up another gear and I think both teams haven't shown their full hand yet. It was a very high-quality game and I think the fans can be happy with what they've seen.''

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos added: "Spain were on top for the first 20 minutes and deserved to be ahead. Then, we got a foothold on the ball and, in turn, the game. All in all, it was a fair result. It was a good game of football. We're putting in a solid level of performance.''

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