Oliver Bierhoff says Germany will be itching for revenge against Netherlands in Euro 2020 qualifying.
Die Mannschaft endured a miserable 2018, with their World Cup defence ending at the group stages, while they were relegated from League A of the inaugural Nations League.
The latter disappointment included a 3-0 loss to the Dutch in October before the return match finished in dramatic circumstances as late goals from Quincy Promes and Virgil van Dijk earned Ronald Koeman's men a 2-2 draw and a semi-final berth.
In a coincidental twist, Germany will have a quick chance to avenge those losses against their rivals after being drawn alongside Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus in Group C of qualifying for Euro 2020, much to the delight of DFB general manager Bierhoff.
"It could have been harder for us," he said.
"We are happy that we have the [chance for] revenge against the Netherlands.
"We know that our way back to the top of the world must lead us through tough opponents."
And now our #EURO2020 qualifying group is complete!
Bring on the @EuroQualifiers #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/TRJ3E6b8sc
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) December 2, 2018