By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Italy started out the tournament against Spain with an unorthodox back three but reverted to a typical 4-5-1 formation currently popular in world football. Many observers believe flooding the midfield helped the Azzurri match the passing intensity of Spain in the first game and the Italians could yet revert to that formation to stifle the talents of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller.
But Klose, who was part of the Germany squad that lost to Italy in the 2006 World Cup, insists that the Germans have studied their opponents thoroughly and prepared for whatever trick that Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has up his sleeve.
"We have practised playing against both formations," Klose told UEFA.com.
"We know what to do against either formation in terms of how the midfielders, the strikers and players on the wing have to play.
"We have to wait and see which formation they choose, but I don't think that they can surprise us there."
"Italy pushed England back, but that will not happen against us.
"We will play with different tactics to England. I think we know where Italy's weaknesses are and we will try to use that to our advantage."
The forward, who has scored 64 goals in 120 appearances for Die Mannschaft, laughed off suggestions that he has inside knowledge of Italian football, having featured for Lazio in the past season.
"First of all, I haven't been there long enough to really be an expert," he said.
"Of course, there are differences between Italians and Germans. I like that they are a bit more relaxed than we are.
"You can see that there is another way to play football and that it works just as well. That might be an advantage for them."
The Warsaw semi-final would be a chance for Klose to grab his revenge as Italy scored two goals in the final minutes of extra time to end Germany's hopes of reaching the World Cup final on home soil. But Klose dismissed such statements and pointed out that a new generation has emerged and therefore, Joachim Low's side will be fully focused on the upcoming game.
"That was then and now is now," the former Bayern Munich player said.
"Both teams have changed and our style of playing has changed a bit because many new and more dynamic players have been added to the squad.
"We are two different teams now and even though some of Italy's World Cup winners are still pulling the strings they have changed as well.
"However, we are in good shape and have prepared very well for them."
The 34-year-old will probably feature from the bench as until now, Mario Gomez has been preferred by Low in the tournament. Gomez did not start for the quarter-final against Greece and Klose grabbed a goal moving him four goals closer to eclipsing Gerd Muller's all-time scoring record.
Schweinsteiger has been declared fit but there are concerns over Daniele de Rossi for the Italians and a late fitness test will be taken to decide if the Roma midfielder will get to feature in the game.