Reactions – Germany vs. Italy

Jogi Löw, coach(Germany): “If Italy is 2-0 in front, it is also hard, to turn the match around. We are very disappointed, but we should not make the mistakes. The team played a great tournament.”

Cesare Prandelli, coach(Italy):
”This was an incredible match. We did exactly what we had set out to do. We managed to create difficulties for the German national team. Also thanks to the great efforts of Riccardo Montolivo. We didn’t take our chance to make it 3-1, but otherwise this was a perfect match. ”

Mario Balotelli, striker(Italy): “I dedicate the goals to my mum, she is old and was today in the stadium, I am very happy because I know she was here and I wanted to score for her.

Sunday, even my dad will be there so I would like to score again. Top scorer of the tournament? We will see, I would like to score in the final.”

Philipp Lahm, left back(Germany): “In the second half, we gave all our best. But we scored too late. I also had a great chance, but it wasn’t enough. If you are back against Italy and have no luck, it is bad.”

Gianluigi Buffon, goalkeeper(Italy): “I was upset because we missed too many chances and risked a draw, we should have won easily. We have to be more concentrated because you can miss so many chances that way.”

Toni Kross, midfielder(Germany): ”If you take a closer look at how the goals were created, you’ll see that both of them should have been avoided. If you are chasing a 2-0 deficit in the second half, things are difficult. We tried everything, but it wasn’t enough. It is important to keep a clean sheet when you take on Italy in a semi final. We threw everything at it. And even against the defensive Italians we managed to create chances.”

Riccardo Montolivo, midfielder(Italy): ”All of us are very happy. We won against one of the best teams in the world. We played a fantastic first half, but the Germans were better in the first 20 minutes of the second half.”

Oliver Bierhoff, team manager(Germany): “After such a defeat everyone is sad. Every falls into a deep hole. Everyone believed in the big goal but we didn’t get it done today.

We didn’t do enough to come away as winners. We blew it in the first half. We presented the Italians with the chances and did too little ourselves.”

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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