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.