Muller calls for calm

The midfielder wants to avoid heaping pressure on the German players

Thomas Muller: The Bayern man walked away with the golden boot in the 2010 World Cup and is tipped to win the Euro 2012 one too

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Thomas Muller has moved to cool Euro-fever amongst the German fans and media ahead of their quarter-final clash with Greece on Friday.

Expectations were already high in Germany because of their magnificent displays in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where they finished an impressive third with a relatively young squad.

And three wins out of three in a tough Group B that featured Holland, Portugal and Denmark have sent them through the roof.

But the Bayern Munich hitman believes the press and fans need to have a reality check as the Euro 2012 competition is by no means theirs to lose.

"Right now, we get the feeling that, were we to win Euro 2012, we ought to be ashamed of doing so," he said.

"I know the expectations were high after the World Cup, but the two situations cannot be compared.

"Let's remember too that we were not so stunning at the World Cup in the group stage, apart from the Australia game.

"Because the expectations are so high, mistakes are being looked for, but I think we have exceeded the expectations by getting nine points.

"The media are not really reflecting that and I hope we can start to build it up now."

Should Germany beat Greece they will face either Italy or England in the semi-final and Sami Khedira echoed Muller's calls for a cool heads from the fans.

"This European Championship has already shown that surprises are not impossible," said Khedira.

"We said before the tournament began that we have to concentrate and the biggest danger would be if we think of the final.

"Italy or England are no worse than Spain, but we are only thinking about Greece now."