SQUAD IS STRONG
Germany national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he is extremely happy with the squad strength within the German national team, while he has also said that the time was good in order to ring the changes against Greece. Despite playing Greece in the quarter-final stage of the competition, Joachim Loew decided to use a number of fringe players that demonstrated his confidence in the squad strength. A number of the first-team players like Thomas Müller and Mario Gomez were rested in place of veteran striker Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus. Germany were even stronger against a poor Greece side, which has led to intense praise for the squad strength of the Germans.
Germany are undoubtedly one of the favourites to win the Euro 2012 along with the likes of Spain and Italy. However, they have been truly spectacular in the tournament up until now, as they have become the only team to have won every single match. They defeated Greece 4-2 in a highly thrilling encounter, but the match was extremely one-sided. The scoreline was flattering towards Greece due to the fact that they had very little efforts on goal, but managed to score two goals. Germany, on the other hand, were fantastic.
“I had a feeling after three wins that we had to make some changes to breathe some life into the team. The time was ripe to do something different. I think they did it well. That was a class performance from the team to reach the semi-finals for the fourth tournament in a row. We can be proud of the team. Greece is a curious team. They had one chance and scored two goals. But we didn’t get nervous after 1-1, and the goals came,” Loew said after the match. Germany are likely to face Italy or England in the semifinals.