Even before Germany and Spain reached the semi-finals, there was talk of a mouth-watering repeat of the
But Ozil was part of the Real Madrid side which many tipped to set up a 'dream' UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona two months ago, only for Chelsea and Bayern Munich to spoil the party.
The semi-finals of
The last encounter came at the same stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where Italy shattered Germany hopes of a home triumph before going on to lift the title itself.
Ozil was therefore coy about discussing the prospect of a
"It would be wrong for me to say
"There are four teams in the semi-finals and we need to make the next step, which also applies to
"We're fully concentrated on
"At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter, does it? Whether it's
"If we play to our full potential then we'll come up winners."
Ozil played down the impact of
"The Italians will have enough of a break," he said, describing the Azzurri as the 'surprise package of the tournament'.
"Even against the reigning world champions,
"They're absolutely rightly there where they belong."
That is largely thanks to the performances of
"The fact he scored that penalty in a cheeky manner is really one of his distinctive characteristics," said Ozil, hailing Pirlo as one of the world's great midfielders.
"I would've taken a penalty and I think I would've scored, too, maybe not in the same fashion ... "
He also declared Mario Balotelli had 'vindicated himself' with his performance against England, something that could also be said of Ozil himself in
"I was immensely happy for me to have shown what I can do at last," Ozil said.
"I will demonstrate in the game against
Ozil said: "There's no question about it. We need Schweinsteiger.
"He's a class player, he's one of the leaders.
"I admit that he's been injured, but I think that he's on a very good track.
"I really do hope and keep my fingers crossed for him to get fit on time."
And despite his reluctance to look too far ahead, Ozil left little doubt as to
"Our objective is to bring the trophy back to
"That's what we're here for and I'm convinced we can do it."
England's nine-match winning streak was brought to a controversial end as