Congratulations Italy, and commiserations to Germany. I was rooting for 'Gli Azzurri' this time around. Nothing against our German friends though, I often support the team that inevitably knocks out England (and have supported Germany on many other occasions as a neutral).....but to be quite frank, it seemed that many German fans this time around (not on SimHQ, well....maybe apart from one poster, hehe) I felt were being very overconfident, and it was getting on my nerves a wee bit lol. *ducks small arms fire*
Just being honest. Best policy....according to me Mother.
It seemed that some thought it was 'destined' that they would sweep aside everyone easily. Naaaah. Jurgen Klinsmann has been commenting on the tournament for the BBC, and he was very dismissive of Italy.....to the point of arrogance tbh, thinking a German victory was more or less a forgone conclusion. Only a fool would be dismissive of Italy or underestimate them. He looked shell shocked at half time and could barely speak.
Italy 'mullered' Germany, and should have easily had 5 goals. Some of the finishing (Balotelli aside obviously) was woeful. Germany had some good chances too, but it was nowhere near as close as 2-1, they were tearing Germany apart at will at times; despite not playing as well as against England in terms of ball retention (finishing was poor then too). I was surprised though that Italy looked nervous early on in defence and a bit shaky, usually cool as cucumbers. Picked it up later though.
You've got to hand it to Italy, I have an immense amount of respect for how they always seem to dig deep and produce the goods, even when they are not a "fancied" team, they just keep marching on. That is usually a German trait too, and to their credit Germany kept battling and never gave up, despite being well outplayed overall. Germany are still a good side though (better than England atm for sure), and a semi final is still a bloody good achievement. Can't win em all.
Will be an interesting final.