Rudi Voller has taken the time to praise Andrea Pirlo ahead of Germany's Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy on Thursday.
The Bayer Leverkusen director believes that the influential midfielder plays a key role for the Azzurri and has advised the Nationalelf to isolate the Juventus star to increase their chances of reaching the final.
"[Cesare Prandelli] gives him all the freedom he needs and he makes perfect use of it," Voller stated to Kicker.
"He plays either in front of the defence as a deep-lying playmaker, but can also feature closer to the strikers. Pirlo has shown that he is of added value all over the pitch.
"It would definitely be a good idea to try to isolate him. I had the feeling that he had like 500 touches against England rather than the 150 he actually had. And then that fantastic penalty.
"Italy are not a team that parks the bus or plays Catenaccio. Prandelli plays with two strikers, because he doesn't want to bench one of them. And then he has a class forward like [Antonio] Di Natale ready to come from the bench."
Thursday's match in Warsaw kicks off at 20:45CET.