Ramelow: Germany have the quality to go all the way

The former international is optimistic about the Nationalelf's chances at Euro 2012 after a promising start with two consecutive wins recorded against Portugal and the Netherlands
By Daniel Jovanov

Former Germany defender Carsten Ramelow has voiced his satisfaction with his country's performances at Euro 2012 so far, and has tipped the Nationalelf to go all the way at this summer's European Championship.

Joachim Low's men started the tournament with a 1-0 win over Portugal before beating arch-rivals Netherlands 2-1, and the former Bayer Leverkusen defender feels they have what it takes to come out victorious on July 1.

"The first game is always difficult, and it was important to start with a win. I expected more of the game against Holland, but Germany's performance was definitely okay," Ramelow told Goal.com.

"Germany definitely have the quality to win Euro 2012. You obviously need a bit of luck as well and the form of the day is pretty important in the knockout stages.

"We have already proven that we are a team that always does well at tournaments, though. That's an advantage.

"The team has moved in the right direction in recent years, and has made plenty of progress. There's no doubt about it that they are on of the favourites."

Ramelow, who represented his country at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup went on to pick out the likes of Russia and France as other potential winners of the tournament.

"Russia play nice attacking football as well, and France could play a role as well [aside from Germany and Spain]. I'm curious as to how they will perform in the next two games."

Germany sit atop of Group B with six points from two games, and have a three-point lead over Denmark and Portugal.