Mesut posted this on facebook today, ahead of semifinal tomorrow vs Italy:
“Schuften für den Erfolg. Das letzte Training in Danzig. Heute fliegen wir nach Warschau zum Halbfinalspiel.
Work for success. The last training in Gdansk. Today we fly to Warsaw for the semifinal game.
Basari icin calismak. Danzig de son antremana ciktik. Bugün yari Final karsilasmasi icin Varsova ya ucuyoruz.. Desteklerinizle..
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Euro 2012: Germany v Italy
Venue: National Stadium, WarsawDate: Thursday, 28 June Kick-off: 20:45
Mesut Özil says Germany will beat Italy in Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final if they play to their potential.
Özil, 23, knows a German win, coupled with Spain beating Portugal, would see a repeat of the Euro 2008 final.
On that occasion Spain won 1-0, and Özil wants Germany to make amends.
“If we play to our potential we’ll come up winners [against Italy],” he said. “Our objective is to bring the trophy back to Germany. That’s what we’re here for and I’m convinced we can do it.”
The last time Italy faced Germany in a major competition was in Dortmund at the World Cup in 2006.
On that occasion the hosts were stunned by two Italian goals in extra time and were eliminated from the competition at the semi-final stage.
This time around Germany have had an extra 48 hours to prepare, having overcome Greece 4-2 on Friday. Italy saw off England on penalties after a 0-0 draw two days later, but Özil dismissed suggestions that Germany have an advantage.
“The Italians will have enough of a break,” he commented.
“Italy are very strong, they are technically superbly organised. Even against the reigning world champions Spain they had a fantastic game in the group stages.
“They’re absolutely rightly there where they belong.”
Real Madrid midfielder Özil set up two of Germany’s four goals in the quarter-final win over Greece and is hopeful he can have a similar impact on Thursday.
“I was immensely happy to have shown what I can do at last,” he said. “I will demonstrate in the game against Italy that I can put my foot on the pedal.”
Germany star Mesut Özil is confident that Joachim Loew’s side will overcome Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-finals en route to the trophy.
The playmaker, who has been an integral part of the German team with three assists, also singled out two players from the opposing camp as potential threats.
“The past does not matter. The other teams have great respect for us. Our goal is to bring the European title back to Germany,” he said.
“We are here for this. We can beat Italy and we want the title.
“Andrea Pirlo is a world-class player, Mario Balotelli is a great striker. But we do not think of the individual adversaries. Italy are a very compact team, but we can beat them.”
Despite his confidence, Özil refused to get carried away as talk of a Germany-Spain final escalated.
“It would be wrong for me to say Germany against Spain would be a ‘dream final’,” he said.
“There are four teams in the semi-finals and we need to make the next step, which also applies to Spain.
“We’re fully concentrated on Italy and Italy only, and only then will we see who we play against.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter, does it? Whether it’s Spain or Portugal.”
Loew was hoping the midfielder would put in a big performance in their quarter-final against Greece and he duly delivered with two assists in a 4-2 win.
“I was immensely happy for me to have shown what I can do at last,” Özil said.
“I will demonstrate in the game against Italy that I can put my foot on the pedal.”
Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger looks set to be given the all-clear for Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy with midfield partner Mesut Özil emphasising how much the Germans “need him”.
The 27-year-old Schweinsteiger has been struggling to recover from an ankle injury and was below-par in Friday’s 4-2 win over Greece, but as the Germans’ chief playmaker, he is a key part of their bid to win Euro 2012.
Germany play Italy in the semi-final in Warsaw on Thursday and the Bayern Munich star is expected to be fit to face the Azzurri.
“He has problems with the ankle, which has been treated intensively in the last few days, we assume he will be fit to play,” said Germany’s goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke on Monday.
Having torn ankle ligaments in February, Schweinsteiger admitted Sunday the joint has still not fully recovered, but Özil said he is needed against the Azzurri.
“We need Schweinsteiger, He is a class player and one of our leaders,” said Real Madrid star Özil after Schweinsteiger set up both Germany’s goals in their 2-1 win over Holland in their second group match.
“He has been injured, but I think he is on a good track.
“You could see how important he is for the team in our match against Holland (a 2-1 victory in the group stage), I am keeping my fingers crossed he will play.”
Germany have no time for statistics or history lessons as they prepare to face Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-finals despite having failed to win against them in any of their seven previous world and European tournament match-ups.
The Germans, who lost to Italy at the same stage of the 2006 World Cup in front of a home crowd, said facts and figures did not matter with their young squad starved for success.
“Statistics like the one that we have never beaten the Italians in a tournament do not count for us,” said goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke, who was in goal for their 0-0 goalless draw against Italy in the group stage at Euro 96 that saw Germany advance to the next round.
“We want to rewrite history, a different history,” said Koepke.
Among other high-profile defeats against Italy were the 1982 World Cup final and the 1970 World Cup semi-final.
“Italy have been surprising at this tournament and they fully deserve to be in the last four,” said playmaker Mesut Özil. “There was a lot of negative stuff written about them before the tournament but they have showed how good a team they are.”
The Italians edged past England on Sunday with a 4-2 win on penalties after a goalless draw over 120 minutes in which they missed a string of chances.
“But we know who we are and what we can do. We do not look back, just forward. We are not interested in the past. If we play as we know we can then we can beat them,” said Özil.
Just like 2006 when Italy were eventually crowned world champions, the team came into the tournament with unwanted headlines at home of a domestic match-fixing scandal.
“They have had the advantage of no one really rating them highly with the match-fixing scandal just like in 2006,” said Koepke. “But even without having many top names they have played more offensively.”
Koepke had special praise for Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who saved one spot kick, and midfielder Andrea Pirlo whose chipped penalty was the turning point for his team in the shootout.
“We all saw that Buffon is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It is not easy to beat him but our team is in a position to score against any goalkeeper.
“Pirlo’s spot kick was audacious. With Italy a penalty behind he goes and does that, something a keeper does not expect,” he said.
“It shows his mental strength but we are also mentally strong. We are a young team but experienced. I hope it does not come to penalties and we win it before that,” said Koepke, who himself saved a spot kick against Italy in the 1996 match.
Mesut Özil refused to be drawn today on whether England’s European Championship defeat to Italy simply spared them another thrashing by his Germany side.
England crashed out of Euro 2012 on penalties last night, denying them the chance to try to avenge their 4-1 World Cup hammering by Germany in this week’s semi-finals.
But the manner of the two sides’ performances in Poland and Ukraine have led some to suggest England were at risk of another hiding in Warsaw had they managed to progress.
Asked if he believed that and if he also felt Germany were a better team than two years ago, midfield star Özil said: “Yes, we have improved. We’re on a very good track.
“We’ve reached the semi-final, with just a few inches to go until the big final. As far as England are concerned, I think they’ve played a very good tournament.
“They were slightly inferior against Italy and I think that was visible during the game. But they, too, as a team definitely have improved and have developed further.”
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Today Mesut posted a note and picture on his Facebook:
“Heute war ich bei der Pressekonferenz des DFB. Auf dem Platz fühle ich mich wohler – aber Medienarbeit gehört dazu. Jetzt aber gilt die Konzentration dem Spiel gegen Italien.
Today I was at the press conference of the DFB. On the pitch I feel better – but media relations is one of them. But now is the concentration of the match against Italy.
Bugün DFB ile basin tioplantisinda bulundum. Kendimi sahada daha iyi hissediyorum fakat medya iliskileride bu isin bi parcasi . Simdi Italya ya karsi oynayacagimiz maca konsantre olma zamani.
And the picture he posted (click the picture to view it in the gallery):
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