German Football Association (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach has played down the chances of his team winning Euro 2012.
Joachim Loew’s side arrived in Poland and Ukraine hotly-tipped to win the tournament and have topped Group B with maximum points from their three matches played to date.
They will now meet surprise quarter-finalists Greece in the next round, and will be heavy favourites to reach the last four.
Nevertheless, 71-year-old Niersbach has claimed he does not consider Germany among the front-runners to lift the trophy.
“Three wins, and three times that we were shuddering,” he told ARD.
“We’ve been trembling a lot, but it went well.
“We have to assume the role of favourites against Greece, but I’d argue that we’re not the big favourites for the tournament.”
Niersbach also said he would like to see a few more goals from Joachim Loew’s team, who have found the net five times in their three matches so far.
“I hope that this team has been saving up their goals for the quarter-finals,” he said.