Germany must be itching with anticipation to take the field on Thursday, because after watching Spain's disappointing performance in the semifinals against Portugal, the Germans know that they are clear favorites to win the 2012 Euro Cup.
La Roja deserved to win against Portugal, and there is no doubting that fact. However, if they play the way they did on Wednesday against Germany, the Germans will slaughter the Spanish.
Germany must first defeat Italy on Thursday, but that should be no problem.
While the Italians played well against England and dominated for most of the match, they also failed to capitalize on any of their chances.
Italy could not score on 20 shots on goal against Joe Hart, and against Germany, the Italians will be facing Manuel Neuer, who is just as good as Hart if not better.
With 65 percent possession, outshooting the English 35-9 (20-4 on-target), committing fewer fouls, taking more corner kicks and having more crosses, you'd expect that Italy would have scored at least twice. However, they were unable to finish, and such poor execution will not fly against the Germans.
Germany has a high-powered offense than has scored nine goals in the four games in this competition, including four against Greece in the quarterfinals.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Germans will score at least twice against Italy in this game, thanks to the emergence of Mario Gomez and the Lukas Podolski-Miroslav Klose combination. So far, there is no indication that Italy can do the same against Germany.
With the Germans set to dominate the Italians, they will set up a finals match against Spain.
Considering how poorly the Spanish played against Portugal on Wednesday, you can bet that the Germans will trounce La Roja as well.
Spain struggled today against Portugal, and if the Portugese had made some better passes in the box this game could have easily been a 2-0 victory in the opposite direction.
While the Germans didn't exactly blow Portugal out when the two played, they did win the match in regular time, and did not need penalty kicks to decide their fate.
The Germans have improved greatly since that first match, and have scored multiple goals in each game since. Mario Gomez has been key in their improvement, and the four goals for the Germans in the quarterfinals against Greece was a statement that their offense cannot be stopped.
All of this will lead to Germany taking home the Euro Cup when it's all said and done, and Spain's poor showing against Portugal will make the team eager to take the pitch against Italy on Thursday.
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