The Real Madrid playmaker insists the Mannschaft's 4-2 win in the quarter-final has given them an additional belief they can go all the way and win Euro 2012
Mesut Ozil believes that the three changes in attack that Joachim Low made in Germany's 4-2 win against Greece at the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Friday allowed him to move more freely.
The Real Madrid attacking midfielder had been underwhelming in the team's first three group games, but finally came alive in a Man-of-the-Match display against the Greeks.
"That game came as a relief to me. I was able to show what I was capable of," Ozil told Bild am Sonntag.
"I was only angry that I wasn't able to score a goal."
Asked to comment on Low's decision to field Miroslav Klose, Marco Reus and Andre Schurrle in the starting XI up front, Ozil said it brought his own game to a whole new level.
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"I've certainly benefited [from the changes]," he added. "We had a lot of open players, and there was a lot of movement, which makes my game easier.
"We had confidence earlier, but the way we played against the Greeks certainly makes us feel stronger. Getting a 15th competitive win drives us on. I've read in Bild [German newspaper] that it would be a world record - it should be.
"The other nations will all respect us now. That's how I felt before the tournament in the Real Madrid dressing room. Everyone knows exactly how strong our national team is."
Germany will face either England or Italy in the semi-finals.