While the supposed "best team" in the world, Spain, will be wrestling with Portugal to move onto the 2012 European Championship final, Germany will prove that they are the best team in the tournament with a convincing win against Italy.
Spain is surely one of the best in the world, but the fully-armed battle station that is Germany's starting XI will reach the finale in much easier fashion than La Furia Roja.
The Germans powered through the group stage, making the "Group of Death" look like a cakewalk. Spain didn't have the toughest time either, but its effort paled in comparison to Joachim Low's side.
A well-oiled machine is the best description for this collection of German footballers. Their fluidity, grace and creativity have gotten them this far, and will propel them to hoist the trophy when all is said and done.
Despite letting in two goals to Greece, the Germans did some amazing things. The Greeks were completely blanketed in their own half. They could hardly mount any type of attack and possessed the ball for just 34 percent of the time.
It all starts with the defense. Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber have put on one of the most dominant defensive performances of the tournament. They have protected Manuel Neuer's goal well enough to conceded just four goals in four games.
Their defensive aptitude allows the midfielders to constantly push forward. When the players in the middle third trust that the back line can handle their own, it allows for a much more free-moving offense.
Germany has the best midfield in the world. Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Bastin Schweinsteiger are flawless in their ability to spark the transition game. Despite Schweinsteiger's injury, he has pressed on to be one of the team's best players thus far.
The midfielders don't just run the transition game, but the possession aspect as well. It's as simple as the fact that when the other team does not have the ball, they will not be able to get a tally on the board.
Lukas Podolski and Mario Gomez didn't play against Greece. Thomas Muller only saw a little over 20 minutes, and yet Germany was still able to rattle off four goals, three of which came in a span of 13 minutes.
No matter what the coaches and players tell the media, it would not be a surprise to hear that the Italian players have a pessimistic outlook on their upcoming match.
The quarterfinal match between the Azzurri and England was just a battle to see who would get trounced by the Germans in the semifinals. Cesare Prandelli and company are just lambs on their way to the slaughter.
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