Ozil: We’re out to break Italy curse

Germany playmaker Mezut Ozil is well aware of his team's poor tournament record against Italy and says that Saturday's Euro quarter final is the ideal time to end the streak.

Despite Germany's thumping 4 – 1 win over Italy in their pre-tournament warm up match, their fans could be forgiven for not considering them favourites for the match.

Not only have the Azzurri produced some excellent football over the course of the tournament, but they also have the weight of history behind them.

Germany have never won a major tournament clash against Italy, a record that fans, pundits and even players will find impossible to ignore.

Arsenal star midfidler Ozil weighed in on this much-discussed topic in a pre-match press conference.

"In history it has always been this way – in the big tournaments we have failed against Italy," he told journalists.

"We have to be professional to overcome that on Saturday, play differently and beat Italy, we showed what we can do it in the friendly.

"We have the pedigree to win against any team and we want to show that."