By Rob Kelly
Per Mertesacker is confident Germany will have no problems coping with the pressure of being one of the favourites for Euro 2012.
Joachim Low’s side lost to Spain in the final four years ago, but have been tipped by many observers to go all the way in Poland and Ukraine.
Despite a relatively young squad, Mertesacker believes Germany will not be weighed down by expectations.
“We will try to be confident and cope with the situation,” he told Arsenal Player. “We’re very young, but we have a very good squad and that makes us confident.
“We have so many young boys who played a good season in the Bundesliga, like Marco Reus or Mario Gotze. These players are very young, with high potential, and we want to see them in a good mood, and good shape, in the summer.
“Some players have been with [the squad] for seven or eight years, it is a long time and these players are 27 or 28 now.
“We have learned a lot from our disappointments - we have always reached second or third place but we want to win trophies. There is a lack of this, but with a young generation [coming through] that is very good, we will try to reach our target now.”
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