In the quarterfinals of the EURO 2016, Germany and Italy meet in the French stadium Matmut Atlantique. Germany has never won against Italy in a major tournament. However, the bookmakers still give the German team the best chance of forming semi-finals. We are curious about your prediction for this spectacular poster. The pre-match odds certainly invite you to bet on this match.
Joachim Löw: “We love fresh coffee”. The fact that the German team has never been able to beat Italy in a major tournament does not cause any trauma to national coach Joachim Löw. Low has every confidence in “die Mannschaft”. “That’s old coffee, we love fresh coffee. We have to make sure that it will taste good to us this time,” said the German national coach at the press conference about the duel against the Germans.
Germany never beat Italy at a European Championship Germany lost at the 2006 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship, both in the semi-finals to Italy. The countries met eight times in a significant final round, including in the 1982 World Cup. Italy then won 3-1.
History says nothing about next Saturday’s game of course. “I’m looking forward to the game with the Italians. They won every convincingly against Spain (2-0) and made a defensive and offensive impression. Italy is better than at the European Championships in 2012. It will be an open match between two equal teams. It is not really possible to designate a favourite in advance,” the choice lord told the media.
Conte: “A tough match awaits us” The Italian team of national coach Antonio Conte has to recharge for a tough match. The Italians managed to send Spain away from the European Championship with a 2-0 victory. “We have proven that Italy is more than catenaccio (counter football, ed.). Spain had the talent, we had the ideas. And ideas beat talent”, says Conte, who is now aiming for the game against Germany. “We have a very tough game against Germany. We must prepare. It will be tough, maybe harder than against Spain.” Chiellini: “We both have fantastic teams.”
Giorgio Chiellini, who took the opening goal against Spain, is looking forward to the game against Germany. “We both have fantastic teams. Of course, Germany starts as a favourite. They gave us a big blow in March”, the defender recalled the 4-1 practice defeat against Germany. “We have to do something special again, even more than against Spain,” said Chiellini.
Pellè: “We have a close-knit collective” Ex-Feyenoord player Graziano Pellè is enjoying the tournament. He scored in the previous round and is ready for the next challenge:. The Italian scored in the match’s final phase but immediately looked ahead to the game against Germany. “Scoring is great, but the fact that we have qualified for the quarterfinals, where Germany is waiting is even better. This team does not only consist of a strong attack, good midfield or a solid defence. We are a close-knit collective, and that is the foundation of this success. We have proven once again that you can go far with determination and faith,” Pellè told the press.