Joachim Low has spoken out saying that Germany is not afraid of facing Italy after the team knocked out holders Spain in the last round of the tournament.
Germany has never beaten Italy in a major tournament and four years ago in Warsaw Mario Balotelli scored twice to upset tournament favourites Germany. However, Low dismissed the past record and said that it is not a source of “trauma” for his side ahead of tonight’s match.
While Italy advanced with a 2 – 0 victory over Spain it wasn’t without cost as Daniele De Rossi picked up an injury and midfielder Thiago Motta a suspension.
Low, who led Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, said that his players, who beat Italy 4 – 1 in a friendly in March, are fully fit and rested ahead of the game.
However, he was cautious in his predictions saying that “What we need now is humility and modesty. Let’s keep the bar low, the ball on the ground. I have a good feeling for the weekend but we need to improve. What we have been playing is not enough to win this tournament; we have to get better”.
Defender Mat Hummels said that the team has learnt lessons from the past. He said that it is essential that the team doesn’t concede as the Italians are “very flexible with their three or five man defence”.
He said that the German team’s defence is down to the whole team as they defend high up the pitch and try to keep the opponent away from goal by pressing them early. It is thanks to this that Germany is the only Euro 2016 quarter finalists that are yet to concede a goal. Nonetheless Hummels insists that it will be a tough match.