Belfast Telegraph

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

By Paul Burrows

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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