Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurlle is expecting Germany to be the team to beat at the World Cup this summer, as reported by the Evening Standard.

Schurlle has joined up with the Germany squad ahead of the World Cup and is set to play a key role – as he did for Chelsea in the second half of last season.

The 23-year-old expects Brazil to be Germany’s main competitor although they face a tough group which includes Portugal, USA and Ghana.

Schurrle thinks that Germany are much stronger than the last major tournament where they lost to Italy in the semi-finals.

“I hope we can expect something big,” Schurrle said.

“Our team are much stronger than 2012. We have many offensive players and we can score at any time.

“I expect Brazil to be our biggest opponents. They are at home and the way they won the Confederations Cup last summer was impressive. They connected with their fans and played with their hearts.

“I’ve spoken to the Brazilians [David Luiz, Oscar, Willian and Ramires] at Chelsea and of course they are confident they will win. I hope we can do something different.”

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