Congratz everyone now that we've reached the Semi finals, I'm so hype couldn't wait any further so decided to create the thread lol Hope it'll be a good match and we put another good football display win or lose, playing Germany is a guaranteed classic! The Good: - We have an amazing tournament record vs Germany, they never won a single tourny game vs the Azzurri and that will have some sort of psychological effect (boost our confidence while lowering theirs) - The Azzurri hope to continue their momentum considering they're the underdogs of the final 4 and they usually deliver when most people expect them not to. - If Pirlo and Buffon played a good match we'll be in good hands and have a good chance to advance! Other than being legendary players, they've been 2 of the best players in the entire tournament IMO. The Bad: - The Mannschaft have been amazing with a perfect record so far in this tournamnet and they simply outclass the Azzurri, their attack is amazingly good who can actually convert chances into goals which we can only dream of (Italy will cause you 7 heart attacks before they score a damn goal lol). - The German were already more fit than the Azzurri, now that we had a long 120 minutes match AND they had 2 extra days off while playing a fairly relaxed QF, we can only pray to God that won't be the main reason for losing to them. The Ugly: - Chellini could still be out, we need him vs Germany because they're going to be testing our defensive abilities to the maximum and WAY more than England. - De Rossi got a minor injury, missing him for the Semi Finals would hurt a Lot. - Maggio is out because he's suspended, I read that Abate was subbed because he was injured, I really hope it was just to prevent a real injury and he'd be just fine for the match, not having both is a disaster. Cards should be cleared by now so that's good news considering we had a bunch of those. Finally, I'm honestly happy that we've reached the semi finals considering this is one of the weakest teams Italy has had in a while talent wise, even though I'd be upset for sure if Italy were knocked out and I'll probably shed a few tears because I'd like to see Italy lift the European championship once in my life time now that I've already witnessed a WC win, it still wouldn't be so bad against a classy team like Germany (yeah we'd lose our record but lets face it that will eventually happen anyway if not now then sometime in the future). Plus the German fans are pure class, I've always respected them and their team, from my experience they respect their opponents and don't go out there mindlessly talking trash like a lot of the other teams even though they're a football powerhouse and have an amazing history. Most of all I hope to see a clean match with some great football, may the better team wins. Forza Azzurri !