Germans not looking past Liechtenstein test
Germany assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick insists his players will not simply be using Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein as a warm-up for the trip to Wales next week.
Germany host the Group Four minnows in Leipzig having already demolished them 6-0 in the qualifying campaign last year.
But Flick warns that does not mean they can afford to take Liechtenstein lightly on Saturday before turning their attention to the trip to Cardiff four days later.
"I think every opponent earns the necessary respect and we have respect for Liechtenstein," Flick said.
"We will be thinking of Wales, but our first hurdle is in Leipzig against Liechtenstein and then after that game we will think of Wales.
"Our main aim is to play well in Wales and bring three points home to Germany."
Germany coach Joachim Low has recalled Lukas Podolski to his squad after the Bayern Munich striker missed the friendly defeat to Norway due to illness.
It was claimed back in September he had been left out due his poor form but Podolski denied that was the case, saying things could not be going much better for him at present
"We had a clear agreement with the coach that I would not play, and that is that," the striker explained.
"I am delighted to be back now. Of course it is more enjoyable when you are playing.
"The last few months and years have not been easy given the situation in my club, but I have gained lots of self-confidence in recent weeks, which have gone well for me.
"I feel good, am in a good condition and I now want to show that in the national team."
Podolski has benefited from an injury to Bayern team-mate Miroslav Klose to earn more starts in the Bundesliga.
And Klose's absence from the national team means Podolski is likely to be one of the first names Low puts on his teamsheet on Saturday.
Podolski was on target twice in the 6-0 win over Liechtenstein in Vaduz and he will be looking to emulate that over the next seven days.
"It doesn't matter if it is against Liechtenstein or Wales, we want to win both games," he said.
"We are concentrating on both games, even if Liechtenstein may be classed a bit lower. Winning both games is very important."
Former Bayern Munich team-mate Marcell Jansen is also back in the squad and he, like Podolski, could be replacing a club mate in the starting XI.
Piotr Trochowski, whose goal earned Germany a 1-0 win against Wales late last year, was unable to train today due to a muscular injury and is a doubt for Saturday.
Jansen is therefore on standby to take his place, although he claims there would be no ill-feeling between the pair were he to challenge for his position in the national team on a regular basis.
"Competition for places is healthy and positive," explained Jansen.
"I think we have two players for each position and there is never the case in the national team that you can just walk into a place.
"This actually spurs you on to do better, not to get angry."
There is also a competition for places in goal with the current number one Rene Adler struggling with a sore elbow.
He was also unable to train today and Tim Wiese and Robert Enke are both on standby to take over.
However, Flick has no qualms at all about who stands in goal on Saturday.
"We have three top class goalkeepers and therefore there is no debate about us not having a good enough one," he said.