Germany sorely lacked 'fighting spirit', says Felix Magath

The Wolfsburg manager questioned Die Mannschaft's frame of mind and says the Azzurri prevailed because they showed more commitment, with Balotelli the personification

Felix Magath has questioned Germany's mentality at Euro 2012 following their semi-final defeat to Italy.

The Wolfsburg boss, and former German international, believes the team sorely lacked the "fighting spirit" of previous sides.

The 58-year-old insists he knew Italy would prevail in Thursday’s clash because of how passionately they sang their national anthem prior to kick-off, adding that he didn't see the same devotion within Joachim Low's players.

He wrote in his column: "Actually the semi-final between Italy and Germany was decided before the kick-off. When you look at how passionately the Italians sang their anthem, you can see the will that they showed in the next 95 minutes.

"This willingness to give everything, this devotion I didn't see with Germany.

"And it hurts because our team has the quality to become European champions. And I have to say, the ability to play was there, just not the mentality."

Magath highlighted the body language and enthusiasm of Mario Balotelli as something the Germans failed to replicate, and that Italy simply won because they wanted it more.

He continued: "What was missing was the right approach, the mentality of champions, the body language of a Mario Balotelli who only thought one thing: How I will score a goal."

"In a game like this between two equal teams, the winner is the team that shows more commitment, more aggressive in the challenge not the team that plays the prettier football.

"The Italians showed us how to play a semi-final, ambitious, greedy and confident - not disorderly like our eleven."

The distinguished coach believes only Sami Khedira left the tournament with an enhanced reputation.

"Only Khedira, our best player this tournament, distinguished himself here."