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Klose backs Germany to overcome Greece

SoccerNews in Bundesliga, Serie A 18 Jun 2012


Germany striker Miroslav Klose is confident his side can clinch a win against Euro 2012 quarter-final opponents Greece.

Joachim Loew’s team completed their group fixtures on Sunday by beating Denmark 2-1 to secure top spot in Group B and set up a last-eight meeting with the surprise Euro 2004 champions.

Klose is wary of the task at hand but believes Germany must remain true to their style if they are to win through to the last four.

“I am convinced we will have our chances, even if they will sit deep,” Klose told

“We have to play our game, then we will remain favourites and will win.”

The 34-year-old Lazio striker hailed team-mate Lars Bender after his late goal against Denmark preserved Germany’s 100 percent record in the tournament.

Klose said he is thrilled with how well the team are training together, hailing the bond developing within the group.

“He (Bender) is a sensational guy,” Klose said.

“Everyone is giving their best, even the ones who don’t play. We have great guys in backup.

“It is fantastic to see how everyone is acting in training. Today (Sunday) you could see that we can put everyone in.”

Klose has found himself behind Mario Gomez in the pecking order for Germany at Euro 2012, and he was granted just 15 minutes as a replacement for the Bayern Munich striker in the match against Denmark.

Gomez is also confident ahead of his country’s final-eight clash next week, but recognises there is a long way to go before they can reach the final.

“I’m just looking to my team and am happy that we are in the quarter-final,” Gomez said.

“We want to go to the final but it’s a very long way to go.”


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