San Marino heavily criticise Thomas Muller's pre-match comments

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Germany's 8-0 thrashing of San Marino on foreign soil was never going to be considered a scoreline that flattered them; it was the world champions against largely part-time footballers.

However, while it was inevitable that the microstate would be at the hands of another heavy defeat, San Marino were left appalled by comments made by Die Mannschaft forward Thomas Muller.

Indeed, the Germany squad were forced into a tie that was going to be one sided from the first whistle. And with an already congested fixture list, at both club and international level, there was substance in the 27-year-old's claims prior to the match.


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"I do not understand the meaning of games such as these, more so with such a busy schedule." Muller had earlier confessed.

"I understand it for them, especially playing against the world champions, I also understand that we can only defend with hard work.

"Precisely for this reason, however, I wonder if these are not games that lead to unnecessary risks." 

The risk of injury in games against the lowest-ranked nations, like San Marino, do raise some concerns for club sides and also questions the format of qualification for international tournaments.

For sure, the risk of injury in such a low key fixture would be infuriating for both the player and his respective club.

San Marino left angered

However, San Marino's director of communications, Alan Gasperoni, was left so incensed by Muller's comments that he compiled a ten-point list of reasons why his side deserved the right to face the current world champions and compete in World Cup qualification.

Gasperoni suggested that the forward was arrogant and outlined the importance of his nation to play one of the world's biggest football nations.

As per the Daily Mail, Gasperoni directly addressed his comments to Muller in the wake of their defeat and immediately slated the forward's performance during Germany's 8-0 win.

"Dearest Thomas Muller,

You're right. The games like that on a Friday night, they're nothing. To you. On the other hand, dear Thomas, you do not need to come to San Marino for almost nothing in a weekend in which, without the Bundesliga, you could have spent with your wife on the sofa of you luxury villa or, who knows, you could have taken part in some events organised by your sponsors to bank several thousand euros. I believe you, but allow me to give 10 good reasons for which I think the San Marino-Germany match was very useful and if only you could could think about it and let me know what you think:

1. It served to show you that not even against the teams as poor as ours you can't score a goal - and don't say you weren't p***ed when Simoncini stopped you scoring...

2. It served to make it clear to your managers (and even at Beckenbauer and Rummenigge) that football is not owned by them but by of all those who love it, among which, like it or not, WE are included.

3. It served to remind hundreds of journalists from all over Europe that there are still guys who follow their dreams and not your rules.

4. It served to confirm that you Germans you will never change and that history has taught you that "bullying" is not always guarantee of victory.

5. It served to show the 200 guys in San Marino who play the game for whatever reason why their coaches ask them to always work their hardest. Who knows - maybe one day all their sacrifice will not be repaid with a game against the champions of the world.

6. It served to your Federation (and also to ours) to collect the money of image rights with which, in addition to paying you for your trouble, they can build pitches for the kids of your own country, schools, and make football stadiums safer... Our Federation, I'll let you in on a secret, is building a new football pitch in a remote village called Acquaviva. You could build it with six months of your salary, we'll do it with the rights of 90 minutes of game. Not bad right?

7. It served to a country as big as your pitch in Munich to go in the paper for a good reason, because a football match is always a good reason.

8. It served to your friend Gnabry to begin with, in the national team and scoring three goals.

9. It made some Sanmarinese people a little happy to remember that we have a real national team.

10. It's served to make me realise that even if you wear the most beautiful adidas kits, underneath you're always the ones that put white socks under their sandals.

With Love, your Alan."

Germany ease to victory

But while Muller may now think twice before he speaks when coming up against similar opposition in the future, ultimately, he will have been content with his teams' work on Friday night.

It took just seven minutes before Sami Khedira opened the scoring at the Serravalle stadium, while Germany youngster Serge Gnabry bagged a hat-trick on his full debut, as Jonas Hector's brace was accompanied with a strike from Kevin Volland and an own goal from Mattia Stefanelli.

That win in San Marino meant Joachim Low's side officially made their best-ever start to a World Cup qualifying campaign, with four wins from four and yet to concede a goal.

And that record sees them sit comfortably at the top of Group C with 12 points - five clear of second-placed Northern Ireland - and look to set to comfortably sail through the rest of the qualifying campaign.

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