Del Piero: Italy can repeat 2006 heroics against Germany

The Juventus icon believes that the Azzurri and die Mannschaft are similar teams, but is confident the world champions from six years ago can reach the final in Kiev
Alessandro Del Piero is confident that Italy have what it takes to beat Germany in Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final and follow in the footsteps of the Azzurri team that won the 2006 World Cup.

The Nazionale beat die Mannschaft 2-0 in Dortmund six years ago to book their ticket for the final, and the former Juventus star feels that Cesare Prandelli's men have the qualities to repeat that victory.

"Why Italy can beat Germany? Because they have shown that they are becoming more and more solid by the game. They have a strong identity and know how to take advantage of their chances," Del Piero was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Germany are a bit like Italy in my opinion. They are a very compact team with some superb individuals. We have to pay close attention to [Mesut] Ozil, [Mario] Gomez and Thomas [Muller]."

The attacker then looked back at Italy's win over Germany at the 2006 World Cup, and stressed it was one of the best games of his career.

"The final versus France was the most emotional because we lifted the trophy, but that game against the Germans is still the best. It’s the memory of our most beautiful game at the German World Cup, an incredible evening."

Thursday's encounter in Warsaw kicks off at 20:45CET.