They have three wins from three games but Germany coach Joachim Loew believes his team is lacking the killer instinct. Of course he was talking about his side falling short in putting the finishing touch to the chances being created. But he may as well have been talking about the team failing to put the finishing touch to impressive campaigns at major tournaments in the recent past.
Germany have emerged unscathed from their Group of death that claimed the Netherlands team and have impressed the most with their play at Euro 2012. But haven't they always in the recent major tournaments. They get off to a flying start, build on it with even more impressive victories and then stumble just when you start envisioning them holding the winner's trophy. Sadly for them, their stumbling block has been none other than Spain – the champions eliminated them in both Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup.
So if Germany are to win the title they have to find a way to crack the Spanish code. They already have the benefit of two added years of experience since the World Cup, which is necessary when it comes to the Germans given how young their team is. Striker Miroslav Klose, at 33, is their oldest player. The only other player in his 30s is reserve goalkeeper Tim Wiese (30) who will get a chance to show off his prowess between the posts only if Manuel Neuer suffers an injury or a suspension. Players like Thomas Muller, 22, and Mesut Ozil, 23, have graduated from players who in 2010 made the world take notice of their talent to players who are stars and regular features in the national team.