Germany coach Joachim Low believes his side have picked up the winning habit and can go on to claim the Euro 2008 title.
Speaking after Germany’s their thrilling 3-2 victory over Turkey in the semi-final, Low suggested that his side’s self-belief will serve them well in Sunday’s final.
“We have caught the winning mood and can claim the title now,” said Low, whose team secured a place in the final thanks to Philipp Lahm’s last-minute winner.
“It was unbelievable. It was crazy, incredible drama with all these goals in the final minutes.”
He added: “Efficiency, this is what we had today.”
Germany fell behind to an Ugur Boral goal before Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised shortly afterwards.
Low’s side then took the lead through Miroslav Klose 11 minutes from the end before Semih Senturk’s late leveller appeared to have taken the game into extra-time. But Lahm’s run into the box and fine finish secured victory for the Germans with seconds left of normal time.
Skipper Michael Ballack admitted that Germany were below their best, but believes that Germany’s determination saw them through.
“That was a battle in which we have expended a lot of energy,” said Germany captain Michael Ballack.
“We weren’t very good in the first half and in the second we weren’t that good either, but we gritted our teeth and we wanted the victory.
“The Turks played really well, they chased after the ball a lot and maybe they ran after it very well and we had heavy legs and the heat didn’t do us any favours.”
Lahm, who was named man-of-the-match, echoed Ballack’s thoughts.
“It was always going to be a fight,” he said.
“We didn’t perform as well as we wanted but we are through.
“There are always ups and downs in games, but this was extreme here because of the late goals. But we are happy to reach the final.”
Germany will meet the winner of tonight’s semi-final between Russia and Spain in Sunday’s final.