"Of course everyone wants to play," said 120-time international miroslav klose, who replaced germany's tournament top scorer mario gomez in the 4-2 quarterfinal win over greece. In the end, the coach has the choice between two classic strikers: "this is a gift for him and our team," said klose. In the semifinals could also play the other again.
Munich's thomas muller, who was only a substitute against the greeks, wanted to play from the start again on thursday in warsaw. But even he puts his ego behind the interests of the team. "That's the advantage of having such a high quality squad, that you can rotate through well. There are now many players who have already played, which is more beneficial than detrimental to the team climate," the bayern professional emphasized. "I wasn't happy about it," gomez remarked about his relegation to the bench: "but even more important is that we're in the semifinals."
Low plans to put his 23 players to the test again today in the last training session in gdansk. Bastian schweinsteiger, who recently missed a number of training sessions due to a bone sprain, has also returned to team training. The sporting management around national coach low assumes that the munich midfield organizer will be able to play against the four-time world champions italy. On wednesday, the DFB squad will break camp in gdansk and travel to the polish capital. After the first ever tournament victory against italy, the team will travel on to the final in kiev on friday.