Low: Greece not the Chelsea of Europe

Germany coach Joachim Low has dismissed comparisons of between Greece as the Chelsea of Euro 2012.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Parallels have been drawn by the German media between the Greek's defensive style and Chelsea's triumph over Bayern Munich and with seven Bayern Munich players set to start against Greece, the Germans will be looking to banish bad memories against an ultra-defensive side when they meet in Friday's quarter final.

Low insists that both sides have a different styles of play - Chelsea play a different style in their domestic league while the Mediterranean nation has been known for their defensive football since their Euro 2004 triumph.

“I’d say it is a bit far-fetched to liken Greece to Chelsea," Low was reported as saying on The Sun, "I have heard a lot about Chelsea but the Greeks have been playing this style for many years.

"But Chelsea? I don't know about that. They play different football in their league than what you saw in the semis or the final of the Champions League.

"Greece's manager likes a good combination game and they also do that well. They defend well and counter-attack well. When they won Euro 2004 it was more or less the same.

"They play on the counter and that's how they cause damage. You can write them off but they are always there. They are survival artists. They don't feel they have to attack all the time."

Low also acknowledged that Germany are the favourites to advance given that they are the only side to claim maximum points in the group stages while Greece scraped through with only four points after a dramatic win over Russia.

However, he is not taking anything for granted especially with the fickle nature of a knockout match.

He said: "We are favourites. That's logical and we can live with that. But knockout games have their own character so the favourite doesn't automatically go through.

"We thought the Russians were big favourites against the Greeks and we saw what happened there.

"If we play to our strengths we are strong enough to beat the Greeks. I am convinced we will leave the pitch as winners."

Low insisted Bastian Schweinsteiger has overcome an ankle problem and will be partnering Sami Khedira in midfield for the Germans.

He added: "Khedira and Schweinsteiger have played very strongly and connected our defence with attack. Their qualities for organisation have shone through.

"They are the symmetry within the team. They direct the game."

The winner of the quarterfinal will either England or Italy in the semi finals.



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