Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has claimed he will not carry any “trauma” into the Euros 2016 quarter-finals despite Germany ’s shocking record against Italy.
Kroos was visibly irritated by questions about the Italians ’remarkable run of victories over his homeland in major tournaments.
The Germans have lost ALL FOUR knockout matches against the Azzurri stretching back to 1970, including the 1982 World Cup final and also a Euro 2012 semis , and drawn their other four meetings in tournaments.
But the Real Madrid star said: “Why should I have an Italy trauma? How often was I there? I don’t have a problem talking about Italy. I just don’t have any Italy trauma.
“So we never won? You can’t change that. But this game is what is important. We will look to be prepared perfectly and then go out and beat them. I am very optimistic.”
Germany did beat Italy 4-1 in a friendly in March but general manager Oliver Bierhoff said that result counted for nothing ahead of Saturday’s clash in Bordeaux.
Bierhoff said: “That 4-1 win is absolutely not an issue. We have to erase that.
“The Italians are organised, united and very strong in these matches. You can see they have plays they know inside out and have studied repeatedly.
“It is a disciplined and concentrated team. The toughest one we have faced so far. There is no fear, just joy for this game.
“These matches make the heart beat faster. They are determined and are motivated but they will not be over-nervous.”
Kroos did admit it will be Germany’s “biggest test” to date but fully expects them to win after an impressive Euros campaign so far.
“We are in good shape at the moment,” he said. “But Italy will be the strongest opponent and the biggest test so far.