Khedira: Winning Euro 2012 is all that counts for Germany

The Real Madrid midfielder feels that the Nationalelf have improved since the 2010 World Cup, and added that they are desperate to emerge victorious in this summer's tournament
Sami Khedira has assured that Germany will not settle for anything less than the title at this summer's European Championship.

The Germans were beaten 1-0 in the Euro 2008 final by Spain, while they were eliminated by the same opponent in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

However, the Real Madrid midfielder feels that Germany have made plenty of progress since South Africa, and insists that winning Euro 2012 is all that matters.

"I can only agree with Lukas [Podolski] that winning Euro 2012 is all that counts for us," Khedira stated to Kicker.

"We had already set our sights on winning the title at the 2010 World Cup, and we're even more experienced now. The players know how to cope with the pressure. We have made a lot of progress since 2010."

Germany and Spain have been touted as two of the main favourites at Poland and Ukraine, but Khedira believes that the defending European champions could have a slight advantage.

"Are we on par with Spain? We haven't achieved anything yet," he reasoned.

"Spain have won the Euros and the World Cup. They have made history. They have already won a lot and that could make the difference this summer.

"I'm not saying that they're no longer hungry for more, but it's very hard to re-charge year after year. Successfully defending a title is very difficult. I believe that we're hungrier for success as we desperately want this title."

Germany start Euro 2012 with the Group B match against Portugal on June 9.