Scotland v Germany: Mats Hummels wary of Scots threat

Germany defender Mats Hummels (centre)
Mats Hummels says Germany won't be complacent at Hampden

Germany's World Cup-winning defender Mats Hummels believes Scotland remain dangerous opponents despite their defeat in Georgia.

Hummels and his side dethroned Poland at the top of Group D on Friday after a 3-1 win over their neighbours.

The Germans, with three games remaining, are confident of a win in Monday's qualifier at Hampden.

"I think if we play that style without mistakes we have a good chance to win this game," Hummels told BBC Scotland.

"I hope it will be a great game and of course we want to win and we have to win."

Scotland's failure to pick up any points in Tbilisi makes victory over the Germans a necessity if they are to retain any hope of automatic qualification.

But Hummels feels the Scots were always likely to pose his side problems.

Group D table

"They are dangerous and it doesn't depend on how they played the last game," the Borussia Dortmund centre-back said.

"We know they have a good team, a strong team and some good individual players and of course a very passionate stadium.

"It will be a tough game if we let them play, if we let them have chances, the crowd will get enthusiastic and the team will always be better then."

Hummels and his team-mates are a formidable unit, though, unlikely to be remotely intimidated by even the most raucous Hampden crowd.

On Friday in Frankfurt, at times they looked close to the form that brought them glory in Brazil 14 months ago.

"We're not back to our best but I think we had a good performance except for the last 10 or 15 minutes before half-time," Hummels continued.

"Then we had some mistakes, some passes to the opponent to make it really easy for them to create chances.

"So that was a point we wanted to improve in the second half and I think we did - I think we controlled the game."

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland76011531218
2Czech Rep7511149516
3Netherlands7313137610
4Turkey723289-19
5Latvia7043314-114
6Kazakhstan7016516-111

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales752092717
2Belgium74211631314
3Israel7403149512
4Cyprus7304121209
5Bos-Herze7223910-18
6Andorra7007327-240

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovakia66001331018
2Spain65011531215
3Ukraine640292712
4Belarus6114411-74
5Macedonia6105614-83
6Luxembourg6015317-141

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany75111951416
2Poland74212161514
3R. of Ireland73311651112
4Scotland7322127511
5Georgia7205513-86
6Gibraltar7007138-370

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England66001831518
2Switzerland6402134912
3Slovenia630312759
4Estonia621335-27
5Lithuania6204412-86
6San Marino6015019-191

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland7511115616
2Romania743071615
3Hungary733153212
4Finland721468-27
5Faroe Islands7205511-66
6Greece702528-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria6510112916
2Sweden6330104612
3Russia62229458
4Montenegro612348-45
5Liechtenstein6123212-105
6Moldova602439-62

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia74301631315
2Italy7430105515
3Norway741288013
4Bulgaria722378-18
5Azerbaijan7124411-75
6Malta7016111-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal540174312
2Denmark632184411
3Albania532072511
4Serbia6114511-61
5Armenia6015511-61
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