FC Bayern München forward Thomas Müller believes Germany are a better side than they were two years ago when they won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The world champions recorded mixed results in the lead up to their UEFA EURO 2016 opener against Group C rivals Ukraine, but remain one of the favourites to lift the trophy.
"Compared to the World Cup, there's more depth in the squad and still the same amount of quality," Müller said ahead of tonight's game at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille (kick-off 21:00CEST/19:00GMT). "That's why I think we're a stronger team than we were at the World Cup. Obviously we needed time after key players retired and we didn't always get the results we wanted in qualifying, but everything's in place for a good Euros. We're in shape, prepared tactically and we know what we have to do."
Hummels nearing return
Germany head coach Joachim Löw has confirmed he will not risk Bayern-bound centre-back Mats Hummels, who has only recently recovered from a calf injury, but otherwise has a fully fit squad to choose from as Die Mannschaft look to maintain their impressive record of never having lost an opening game of a European Championship (W6, D5).
"Mats Hummels completed the full training session yesterday and is at 100 percent individually, but the Ukraine game comes too soon," Löw revealed. "Other than that, I don't want to reveal any information to our opponents beforehand. It’s important to stay versatile. After three weeks of hard work, you're just happy to get started."
Germany: Neuer - Höwedes, Boateng, Mustafi, Hector - Khedira (c), Kroos - Müller, Özil, Draxler - Götze
Ukraine: Pyatov - Fedetskyy, Khacheridi, Rakytskyy, Shevchuk - Stepanenko, Tymoschuk (c) - Yarmolenko, Sydorchuk, Konoplyanka - Zozulya