Mesut Ozil, who has been an integral part of the German team at Euro 2012 with three assists, is confident that Joachim Low's side will be able to overcome Italy in the semi-finals en route to the trophy.
The playmaker also singled out two players from the opposing camp as a potential threat, but praised the Azzurri for being a compact team".
"The past does not matter. The other teams have great respect for us. Our goal is to bring the European title back to Germany," he told Corriere dello Sport. "We are here for this. We can beat Italy and we want the title," he continued.
“Andrea Pirlo is a world-class player, Mario Balotelli is a great striker. But we do not think of the individual adversaries. Italy are a very compact team, but we can beat them," the 23-year-old playmaker added.
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