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Euro 2016: Joachim Low has learned from mistakes as he eyes Germany's first win over Italians

By Paul Burrows

Published 29/06/2016

Germany's Joachim Low
Germany's Joachim Low

Manager Joachim Low maintains Germany should have no 'Italy complex' as they prepare for Saturday's Euro 2016 quarter-final in Bordeaux.

Despite all of their success on the international stage, the Germans have never beaten Italy at a major championship.

The Azzurri secured a memorable 3-1 triumph to win the 1982 World Cup final in Spain, not to mention knocking the hosts out of their own tournament at the semi-finals in 2006 as well as eliminating Low's side from the same stage at Euro 2012.

Nevertheless, Low sees no reason why his 2014 World Cup-winning squad should not have confidence of expunging that unwanted record this weekend, having confidently topped Group C and then swept past Slovakia 3-0 to reach the last eight.

"I am not a fan of digging things up from the past. We don't have an Italy complex," said Low.

"This is cold coffee. I prefer a fresh espresso and we need to make sure it tastes good on Saturday."

"It (defeat at Euro 2012) hurt me an awful lot, but it was a good lesson and also helped me in my personal development.

"As a coach I thought about it. What happened? What mistakes were made? It helped me in 2014 with certain decisions at the tournament. You can always make a mistake as a player or a coach."

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