Anyone hoping to claim the Euro 2012 title will have to beat the three-time champions Germany, said two of Germany’s top young talents on Saturday.
One day after making his Euro 2012 debut and scoring a goal in Germany’s 4-2 victory over Greece to reach the semifinals, German midfielder Marco Reus made it clear to all competitors who holds the key to the Euro 2012 trophy case.
“We gave a goal before the tournament that we want the title. So I think the Euro title goes only through us,” Reus told a press conference in Gdansk.
“We have impressively proven ourselves thus far in the tournament.
The goal is to reach the final and then win the trophy. If we call up our possibilities then every opponent will have their difficulty against us,” added German midfielder Andre Schuerrle.
When asked against whom they would play in the semifinals — either England or Italy — neither player said they had a preference.
“I don’t care. We know that we are a strong team,” said Reus.
While Schuerrle countered with: “We have continued to improve throughout the tournament.” One issue ahead of the semifinal is the amount of time before their return to action — as Germany will have to wait six days before Thursday’s semifinal in Warsaw while their opponents will have four days in between quarters and semis.
“Personally, I think we would rather have less time. But we have more time, which means more regeneration. We have to accept it and prepare the best we can,” said Schuerrle.
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