Germany have been backed for glory by one of their greats
Lukas Podolski waded into the mind games by insisting he does not fear any of Germany's remaining rivals for Euro 2012 glory.
Germany have made impressive progress to the last four, winning all four games - with coach Joachim Low having the confidence to shuffle his pack for the quarter-final win over Greece. Italy lie in wait in Thursday's semi-final and Podolski claims Germany are riding on the crest of a wave.
He said: “The confidence in the Germany team is very high after the way our tournament has gone so far.
“I watched almost all the other matches and I know one thing. In this year’s Euros there is not one single team we have to be afraid of."
Podolski, who will join Arsenal this summer, claims the style of international football suits the way Germany play.
He said: “Modern football is very fast and aggressive - exactly as it is played in Germany. It suits us. So if it’s a final with Spain, we’ll be happy and we’ll believe we can win. But let’s wait. First they, and we, have to win our semi-finals.”
Low's perceived second string were so impressive against Greece that the coach has a selection poser, but Podolski is calm about the prospect of being left on the bench in favour of Marco Reus.
“I’m not making a fuss and I’m not feeling down," Podolski said. "Nothing bad has happened, has it? The coach wanted to try out other players and they did well.
“The most important thing is what’s good for the team. We won and the rest doesn’t matter.
“Of course I want to play this time and maybe the coach was just saving my strength for the semi-final. Who knows? I just have to work hard in training and show I am ready.
“Whatever happens, I cannot wait for the battle in Warsaw. We will be up for it.”