Worns surprised by Italy's attacking play at Euro 2012

The former Germany defender has praised Cesare Prandelli's side's adventurous approach but feels that die Mannschaft have a strong chance of leaving Poland and Ukraine victorious.
Former Germany defender Christian Worns has praised Italy's performances at Euro 2012 so far and admitted that Cesare Prandelli's side has surprised him by reaching the semifinal while playing an attacking brand of soccer.

The Azzurri have impressed many observers in Poland and Ukraine, progressing from a group that contained Spain and Croatia before dominating their last-eight tie against England, eventually winning on penalties, to set up a semifinal with die Nationalelf.

Worns, who made 66 appearances for his country, feels that the Italians are a force to be reckoned with and praised their adventurous approach to the game.

"Italy's game against Spain was the best that Euro 2012 has provided"
"I honestly didn't expect Italy to do this before the tournament," he told Goal.com. "Their game against Spain was the best that the European Championship has provided.

"They also play attacking football, which isn't typical of an Italian team. They're very awkward opponents to play against."

Despite his praise for the 2006 World Cup winners, Worns has also been impressed by his compatriots, who he feels have come on leaps and bounds over the last two years.

Germany was the losing finalist at Euro 2008 and fell at the semifinal stage of the 2010 World Cup but is fancied to take another stab at success by booking its place in the final on Thursday.

"Germany took maximum points from a group with teams like Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark. This is was not simple," he continued. "Overall, the team has matured and become more calm since the last tournament. Their development has been very positive. They're the best of the past few years.

"I'm crossing my fingers for the team. Small details will define the game."

Germany and Italy will lock horns at 2:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, with the winner set to take on Spain in Sunday's final.