Germany manager Joachim Low admitted at a pre-match press conference on Thursday that his team were "small favourites" to beat Greece in the UEFA European Championship quarter-finals on Friday.
SOUNDBITE: (German) Joachim Low, Germany head coach (Q. What team do Greece remind you of, there are comparisons with Chelsea, do you agree with these?)
"No I'd say that's a bit far-fetched comparing Greece to Chelsea. I've heard a lot about Chelsea playing defensively, I don't see it like that. The Greeks have been playing in this style for many, many years. I've heard that the manager said he likes a good combination game and they also do that quite well and our defensive line up is very good. We have very good players, players who are very good in one-on-one situations and so we can identify with that. But Kyriakos Papadopolous is a very good player, they defend very well, they counter attack well - that's kind of the way they play. They have been playing like that for years, in 2004 it was the same."
SOUNDBITE: (German) Joachim Low, Germany manager (Q. Germany are favourites for the match, by how much do you think?)
"We are slight favourites. Against Greece, of course we are favourites, that's logical, I think that's clear. We can live with that. We also know that knock-out games have their own character, so from that point of view the favourite does not automatically go through. We saw that the Russians were the big favourites against the Greeks and we saw what happened there. I think when the match starts it doesn't play a role."
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|