'We've been trembling a lot' - Niersbach plays down Germany's favourites tag

The DFB president has moved to relieve some of the pressure on the national side by claiming that they are not the team to beat at Euro 2012
German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach has played down the chances of his team winning Euro 2012, claiming that they are not the favourites to claim the trophy.

Joachim Low's side arrived in Poland and Ukraine hotly-tipped to win the tournament, and, after their qualification from the group stages, little has changed.

Die Mannschaft collected maximum points from their opening three games, seeing off 2010 World Cup finalists Netherlands in the process, and will now face Greece in the quarter-finals on Friday.

However, despite the impressive form of the Nationalelf, the 71-year-old president admits that there have been more than a few nervy moments.

"Three wins, and three times that we were shuddering," he told ARD. "We've been trembling a lot, but it went well.

"We have to assume the role of favourites against Greece, but I'd argue that we're not the big favourites for the tournament."

Niersbach also admitted that he would like to see a few more goals from Joachim Low's team, who have found the net five times in their three matches so far.

"I hope that this team has been saving up their goals for the quarter-finals," he added.