Low wants 'killer instinct'

Germany coach won't under-estimate Greece in Gdansk

Joachim Low: Germany coach wants a killer instinct against Euro 2012 quarter-final opponents Greece

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Joachim Low is adamant Germany will not under-estimate Greece and has called on his team to show a 'killer instinct' in the Euro 2012 quarter-final.

Germany were the only team to win all three group games and their form has been a stark contrast to Greece, who scrambled into the last eight after a surprise 1-0 win over Russia.

Greece's progress in the tournament so far has echoes of their shock Euro 2004 success and Low will be taking nothing for granted in Gdansk.

"It will be a tight affair as it is a quarter-final, but one thing we won't do is under-estimate the Greeks," he said.

"It will be important to find a killer instinct if we get few chances.

"We are going to have to be patient against deep-defending Greeks with nine men on the edge of their area, but we will find ways to break through."


Germany's final Group B game against Denmark was the perfect warm-up for this last-eight tie in Gdansk, according to Low.

The Germans won that game 2-1, but it was a match which was on a knife-edge until a late Lars Bender strike took Low's side through with a perfect group record.

Learning from that match, Low suggests a more positive approach from the whistle could help his side against Greece.

"We did not really take our chances early on against Denmark and we had problems after that," he said.

"Look at our games against England or Argentina at the 2010 World Cup - we took an early lead and that opened the game up as they had to throw men forwards."