Gigi Buffon was particularly glad to “maintain our unbeaten run against Germany” that now stretches to 18 years.
Italy haven’t lost to their rivals since 1995 and have never tasted defeat in a competitive encounter.
“You could say we maintained our unbeaten run against Germany, which is important for some of us who have been here for a while,” said the goalkeeper after a 1-1 draw.
“We were fortunate in some situations, but in difficult moments also fought hard and were able to get back into it.
“It’s beyond doubt Germany are a very strong side and we cannot expect to dominate them. The fact we were able to mostly limit them and earn a result was a good sign.
“They are young, so this team will continue for years and make a real impact on world football.”