'Italy are a wolf in sheep's clothing' - Low excited by Azzurri test

The 53-year-old believes that Friday's friendly against Cesare Prandelli's charges is the perfect challenge for his side with just six months to go until the World Cup
Joachim Low believes that Italy are ideal opponents for Germany as they begin their preparations for World Cup 2014.

The Germans secured their passage to Brazil in style with nine wins from 10 European Group C qualifiers and face the 2006 world champions in an international friendly at San Siro on Friday night.

Despite the fixture coming during a crowded domestic schedule, Low says that the clash with the Azzurri is the perfect game for his side as they continue their preparations for next summer.

"There are no better opponents than Italy for a November friendly," he told reporters. "They come as a wolf in sheep's clothing as you never know what to expect from this team.

"They can adjust their game like no other team in the world; they are illusionists."

The 53-year-old is looking for an impressive performance from his side, even though there is little riding on the clash.

"The vagaries of the match should not affect our display," he added. "This team must continue to mature and improve many aspects of our game."