Schweinsteiger seeks German aggression

Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger has called on his team-mates to show their combative natures at Euro 2012.

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Since his days as assistant coach, Joachim Low has revolutionized Germany's playing style. Though the team are now known for their fast-paced, highly attacking nature, Schweinsteiger believes incorporating a gutsy attitude will be beneficial in their quest for European Championship success.

"We need a certain amount of aggressiveness, you can win games not only by playing attractively. Therefore it's important that we show the 'German' virtues, as well as attractive play," he said to

With defending champions Spain depleted by injuries, many have tipped the Germans to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy this year. The Bayern midfielder hopes for a good start to their Euro 2012 campaign when they take on Portugal in their opening group fixture.

"The first game is important. This can give us a boost," Schweinsteiger stated.

Besides Portugal, Germany will also play the Netherlands and Denmark in Group B.

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