Euro 2012

'We've been trembling a lot' - DFB president plays down Germany's favourites tag

German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach has played down the chances of the Germany team by claiming that they are not the favourites to triumph at Euro 2012.

Germany arrived in Poland and Ukraine hotly tipped to win the tourament and, after their qualification from the group stages, little has changed.

They collected maximum points from their opening three games, seeing off former World Cup finalists the Netherlands in the process, and will now face Greece in the quarter-finals.

Yet despite the impressive form of the 2008 European Championship finalists, the 71-year-old president admits there has been more than a few nervy moments.

"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."

Niesrbach also admitted he'd like to see a few more goals from Joachim Low'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 added.


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