Wow, Spain won last night in a dramatic style, Portugal played very well but luck was not with them. Anyway it’s a part of game. Today second semifinal will be played between Germany and Italy. As per the previous performances of both teams I think that Germany will win this match and play the Euro cup 2012 final with Spain. It’s just an analysis not 100 % sure about it. let’s have a look at both teams news.
Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger has been declared fit despite having treatment on a nagging ankle injury.Joachim Loew may recall Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller after resting the trio against Greece.
Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi and Ignazio Abate are all injury doubts for coach Cesare Prandelli. He could again revert to a three-man backline if Abate is ruled out as his other right-back option Christian Maggio is suspended.
Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci refused to be more specific about Abate, Chiellini and De Rossi’s chances of making Thursday’s game, other than reassuring fans: “We are doing everything possible.”
Schweinsteiger said: “I am 100% fit and very much looking forward to the game.
“I have trained twice fully and I feel good.”
Loew reiterated the importance of the influential Schweinsteiger to his team after the midfielder participated in a full training session with the rest of the squad on Monday despite his nagging ankle injury.
He has fantastic stamina,” said Loew. “We will get a good performance [from him].
“He is one of our leaders. He has matured tremendously over the last few years and I think in the first three group games he was very good.”
Germany striker Miroslav Klose, 34, plays his club football in Rome for Serie A side Lazio.
The veteran forward explained on Tuesday how he plans to use his Italian to eavesdrop on the opposition and relay any of Italy’s tactics to his German team-mates.
“I’ll try to be a bit of a spy and pass on any bits I hear,” he said.
“I should be able to pick up a few sentences and pass them on if they are helpful. I don’t think it will be too loud [inside National Stadium] for that.”
Two themes have dominated the build-up to the second Euro 2012 semi-final – fear and revenge. Disadvantaged by two days fewer rest, not to mention playing extra-time, Italy have drawn strength from their remarkable record against the Germans, who have failed to beat the Azzurri in all seven previous encounters at major tournaments. Man-of-the-moment Andrea Pirlo says: “They are afraid of us – we are at the level of Spain”.
Pirlo and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon are the only survivors from the Italian side that started the last competitive clash, which the Azzurri won 2-0 to reach the 2006 World Cup final.
Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose concedes the defeat in Dortmund was a “trauma” while captain Philipp Lahm admits “of course we still have that [match] in our minds”. But coach Joachim Loew, who was assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann at the time, refuses to dwell on the past: “In football there is no such thing as revenge. The past plays absolutely no role for us or for our young players who may know things only from history.”
If any squad should not feel burdened by previous failures it is this one – the youngest Germany have ever selected for a European Championship. Those young legs should ensure Loew’s side do not run out of gas quite as dramatically as Italy’s quarter-final victims England. But to avoid getting the run-around from the Azzurri, Germany will have to succeed where the Three Lions failed – and devise a plan to stop Pirlo. The 33-year-old playmaker completed 117 passes on Sunday, more than the combined tally of England’s four starting midfielders.
Italy may be unbeaten in competitive games under Cesare Prandelli, but the Germans have won their last 15 meaningful matches. The Azzurri have not fallen behind at Euro 2012, but the last time Germany trailed in a European Championship match (including qualifying) was the final four years ago. Germany have the form, yet Italy the history – something has to give.