Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo believes World Cup hosts Germany fear the Azzurri.

The German media have criticised Marcello Lippi’s men for their style of play and Pirlo thinks be knows why.

Italy beat Germany 4-1 in a friendly in March, and Pirlo said: “The Germans criticise and attack us because they fear meeting us in the semi-final of the competition.

“They have fear inside of them given that they still remember what we did to them in the Florence game.”

If Germany beat Argentina and Italy defeat Ukraine, the two sides will meet in the semi-finals.

  • Bec

    Well, It is you World cup. You have worked many years to get this far. Fear is something not new to you. Yes they are going to be afraid of being kicked out of the World Cup, But they did come from behind today, they should be able to come out strong in the next game.

  • Brandon

    I don’t think the Germans are afraid of anybody after beating arguably the best team in the world cup. And Italy barely got past austrailia, on probably the worst call in the tournament. If anything, the Germans should be eager to play Italy and get some redemption. Goo Germany!

  • the italian

    forza italia

  • PAT

    ITALY ALL THE WAY.GERMANY YOU ARE GOING DOWN

  • PAT

    ITALY ALL THE WAY.GERMANY YOU ARE GOING DOWN

  • Antonio

    Italia ALL the way!
    Remember -FIRENZE 4:1 – and Kahn was in goal.
    Lehman looks timid and is beatable-unlike Buffon (NO GOALS GIVEN UP, my anti-Italian friends)
    Germany is weak and slow at the back (2 goals from that power house: COSTA RICA!, Ballack is a bust, and Italy will CRUSH Germany.

  • Roberto

    FORZA ITALIA… FORZA FORZA FORZA – Klinsman better get ready to retire. I don’t think he’ll be jumping around like he won the world cup when Italy scores on them and wins!!! Luca Toni and Totti are not the only ones that can score. Playdoh woman face Klose is gonna be a big fat ZERO!!!

  • Roberto

    Australia played a good game against Italy despite how they kept tripping and pushing the Italians down all the time. They don’t have any style, finesse, tactics or class. Grosso got tripped up twice in the box and he had Iaquinta at the top of the box wide open. That was a valid penalty and the BEST PENALTY OF THE WORLD CUP. it will not be Totti’s last goal. Get ready to cry with Klinsman BEC.

  • George

    Anyone who has watched these two teams play throughout this tournament should realize that the German team is a much stronger side and will be playing on their home terf to win. It will be interesting to see a Germany-Brazil rematch in the finals.

  • matt

    wow brazil huh? They are 2 games away you can’t really say that yet.

  • iteutonicisonofiniti

    GERMANY is stronger?
    Based on what? Home advantage? If Pato didn’t get hurt, Germany would have ALREADY been eliminated.
    Winning on PKs is sheer luck – I hate PKs to settle games, esp. any type of WC quartefinal and up. Either replay the game, or do something else- take a man off the pitch for every minute played in ET, play 5v5 on half the pitch, SOMETHING. The PKs essentially waste a 120 minutes of time, of the actual game, and then end with was is basically a coin toss (a practice that was once used to settle matches). Maybe they ought to bring the coin back…. FORZA ITALIA!

  • matt

    see told you brazil wouldn’t make it to the finals

  • AC MILAN

    You people kill me, Brazil is so over-rated it’s just too funny!! France once again should the world how easy it is to beat them…ATTACK! Italy will dominate Germany the midfeild will be dominated by Totti and Pirlo….sayyy Goodbye Germany!! FORZA ITALIA!!!!!

  • George?

    FORZA ITALIA!!! Andrea Pirlo is right! The Germans are scared of the Azzurri! and they have every right to be scared of us! They dont stand a chance! and that guy who left the last comment is a joke because Germany barely adanced too! P.k’s are all luck. its a ming game and only the team that is prooven mentally stronger will come out on top and Germany had been criticized that they would not advance past the Argentines, and they came out and prooved everyone wrong! But this means nothing because even though yes it was prolly the worst call other then Goochy Onyewu’s foul against Pingpoyng for Ghana.. tehy advanced, and they are going to proove the world that they are the best! FORZA ITALIA!!!

  • Italian babe

    Even know I am full Italian I still think that Italy is going to dominate. They are both great teams know Germany barely advanced.

  • eddie Wolfl

    I say italy goes home crying because Germany is going to destroy them sorry Guys

  • David

    I honestly think Germany will come out victor in next game against italia. Not only are they more balanced faster and stronger than Italy they also have the whole fans on their side and they also have the referees who are more likely to go easy on them. Come on look at Germany’s shooting accuracy and power Italia’s defense will definitely have to step up for they could get burned by a missile from long range. Both teams are good only Germany is better equiped to win.

  • tobes

    i think that germany is going to destroy italy…italy just doesn’t click!they look bad. germany is gonna win it alllllllll!!!!!!

    go germany

  • Christian

    GERMANY IS GOING TO WIN IT ALL!!!!!!!

  • Garcia

    To all Italian fans; Please review the dive that put Italy to the final 16. Amazing, if you think the team played well, Australia was dead even in the statistics, they dominated control. Totti, Toni and the Italian team have not put in a decent goal. The German team has played well, they have attacked and made good on every opportunity, Klose has 5 goals and Podolski has 3. I believe if the tables were turned and the Italians faced Agentina we would of seen Italy go home! Italy had the weekest bracket and barely came out alive. We will see July 4th.

  • PAT

    SO WHAT ARE THE GERMANY FANS EXCUSE NOW.THE ITALIAN DESTROYED GERMANY FAIR AND SQUARE.EVEN IF REEFER WAS ON GERMANY SIDE.AFTER ALL OF THAT SAID IT WAS A GOOD GAME.FORZA ITALIA.

  • Franco

    So…The game was well played but Germany could not match the skill level of Italy. The two goals were amazing, a real treat for any soccer fan…even a German. Buffon is simply the best GK in the world!!
    FORZA ITALIA…FORZA ITALIA

  • Francessco

    Forza Azzurri!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Italy is going to tear France apart!!!!!!!!!

    I’m Italian till I die.
    I’m Italian till I die.
    We’ll win the World Cup!!!!!!!!
    and the French will cry!!!!!!!!

  • aniso

    ITali got it, wahooo 4th title

  • lintu

    italy you are the oneeeeeee !!
    pirloooooo00000000oooo0000000oooooooo
    i loooooooo0000oooooooooove u ! :)))