Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo is confident his side can overcome Germany,
claiming that Joachim Loew's men are scared of facing them.
The Juventus star
put in a peerless performance against England during their quarter-final clash
on Sunday, which the Azzurri went on to win 4-2 on penalties.

33-year-old feels that his side's display in Kiev proved that they can overcome
their semi-final opponents, and showed that they are at the same level as
reigning European champions Spain.

"They are afraid of us. They know that
we can create some problems. There is the same desire as 2006. We are at the
level of Spain," Pirlo said on Tuesday.

"Germany are a strong team in all
departments and they have shown that with the results they have obtained up
until now in the Euros.

"I expect a beautiful game. They are a very
strong team, but we know we can beat them. We have studied them today and we'll
do so again in these next two days."

When asked how the Azzurri could
improve following their victory over the Three Lions, Pirlo added: "We can score
a goal. Compared to England, Germany are a team that plays (football), and
(Mesut) Oezil, who I'll find beside me, will be the fulcrum. But we have come
here to win."

Pirlo capped off his indomitable display on Sunday by
scoring a sublime penalty in the shootout, chipping the ball down the centre of
Joe Hart's goal in the style of Czech Republic legend Antonin

The World Cup winner insisted that the spot kick was purely
spontaneous, and that he was seeking to unsettle the confidence of England's
number one.

"I didn't practice taking a penalty like that, it just came
to me naturally, in the moment," he said.

"I never think about how I
would feel if I was to miss them, I just hit them.

"Against England, I
saw that Hart was very sure of himself. I thought that he had to come down off
his high horse."

The former AC Milan star was inundated with praise
following the penalty, with players and fans alike expressing their admiration
for his nerve and ability.

However, Pirlo insisted it was the praise of
his contemporaries which pleased him the most, adding that he dedicated the kick
to all of his countrymen.

"The most beautiful were those of my peers, who
play football like me. That's always pleasing," he said.

"I dedicate it
to neither (Juventus president Andrea) Agnelli nor (AC Milan CEO Adriano)
Galliani, but to all Italians."

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli earlier
stated his belief that Pirlo deserves to win this year's Ballon d'Or for his
performances for club and country.

Fabio Cannavaro lifted the coveted
prize after guiding the Azzurri to World Cup glory in 2006, but Pirlo believes
he will not be able to emulate his compatriot while Cristiano Ronaldo and
current holder Lionel Messi are playing.

"These two are a cut above
everyone else; they score 60 goals a season," he said.

"As long as there
is Messi and Ronaldo, it's impossible for me to win it."