Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo believes Euro 2012 semi-final opponents Germany are running scared ahead of their clash with Italy in Warsaw on Thursday.
Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive match, losing three times and drawing as many in World Cup finals and European Championships. They also met in a World Cup qualifier in 1962 with the game ending in a draw.
Italy came into the tournament in the midst of a crisis of form and confidence as well as surrounded by ugly match-fixing headlines, but Pirlo, 33, believes that history will give Italy the edge.
“Germany are definitely scared of us, they know we can create difficulties for them given what’s happened in the past and they will have to be careful to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2006,” said the Juventus midfielder.
The two sides met at the same stage of the World Cup in Germany six years ago and Italy won 2-0 — before going on to beat France on penalties in the final.
Italy also triumphed over West Germany in the 1970 World Cup semi-final and the final in 1982. —