Spanish winger Jesus Navas has warned his compatriots to beware Germany's early birds - noting that their semi-final opponents had benefited from quickfire goals in their wins over England and Argentina.
In racing out of the blocks so swiftly, the Germans were able to get a stranglehold on their matches and not allow their rivals a chance to regroup, Navas suggested in a press conference at Potchefstroom.
"Germany got early goals and that worked in their favour," the Sevilla star said ahead of Wednesday's re-run of the EURO 2008 final which Spain won 1-0.
"They have quick guys in attack and getting ahead early on has helped them make best use of that, using their speed to break out thereafter on the counterattack.
"Germany are a tough opponent. They are quick and break on the counter at speed and they are bursting with confidence.
"But we also move the ball around well and we are going to create danger," insisted Navas who appeared twice for his country in the group stage.