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.