Germany are set to collide with a rock tonight in their quarter-final with Greece.
That is how Germany boss Joachim Löw sees things, ahead of a game for which his side are overwhelming favourites.
Speaking to Uefa.com, Löw said: “Playing Greece will be akin to colliding with a rock. We are the favourites, that’s logical and we can live with that. We also know that knockout games have their own character. Once the match starts, being expected to triumph counts for nothing. Greece are not the sort of team that gets ripped apart; we saw that against Russia when they upset the odds [winning 1-0]. You can never count them out.
“In a quarter-final you have to make a huge effort. We have so far shown we’re fast, capable of creating problems for opponents and able to score good goals. If we run at them in the last third, look to play at a high tempo and display a killer instinct, we will be in a good position to beat them.”
There are unlikely to be any major changes to the line-up, with Lars Bender replacing Jerome Boateng in the last game the only instance of it differing so far, and even that was enforced.
Boateng is now back from suspension, and despite Bender scoring in the last game he has been tipped to reclaim his spot.
Meanwhile, reports are now surfacing that Miroslav Klose is to get the nod ahead of Mario Gomez, on a purely tactical basis. It comes as a slight surprise, given Gomez has three goals to his name already, but then again Klose was favourite to start ahead of him before the tournament began.
Whatever the line-up, Germany’s squad is at full strength for this particular collision, and you’d expect them to come out the other side much the same way.
Likely German XI: Neuer; Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Müller, Özil, Podolski; Klose.
Prediction: Germany 2-0 Greece