Low not focusing on Italy threat
Joachim Low says he is not worried about Italy in Germany's Euro 2012 semi-final but he admits his side must stop Andrea Pirlo.
Germany are expected to get past the Azzurri in Warsaw (Germany 2/5 to qualify with William Hill) and set up a final clash with Spain on Sunday - which would be a repeat of the final from the tournament four years ago. Low, who is likely to bring back Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller and Lukas Podolski for the tie after they were rotated against Greece in the quarter-final, says Germany plan to attack Italy (7/2 to qualify) and hope to dictate the game. "We will bring our strengths to the game," he said. "We will try to dictate our rhythm and won't let Italy show us how we have to play. "It's a confidence thing. We have to be cheeky, strong and brave. We have to concentrate and work very hard. I don't think we have to worry too much about our opponents. We have to impose our own ideas." However, Low knows Italy can be dangerous and, in particular, Pirlo needs to be watched in midfield. "Pirlo is not just a very good player, but the player who dictates the tactics and gives the team their ideas," the Germany boss added. "He's the Italian player who directs the game. We have to disturb him, stop him playing." Germany's Euro 2012 outright odds are now 7/4 ahead of the semi-final with Spain 5/6 after their triumph on penalties over Portugal. Italy are the 6/1 outsiders for the title at this stage with William Hill.