Despite Germany being ranked 16 places behind World League super powers Italy, German coach Stelian Moculescu is still aiming for victory when the two sides meet on Saturday and Sunday in Munich in Week 4 of the World League Intercontinental Rounds.
Germany are ranked 22nd in the world but are riding on a wave of Volleyball support in their country and recent performances have started to impress.
This weekend's matches, the first time Germany are at home in the World League, against the three-time World Champions will be a true litmus test for a side, which has won one match from their first four in Pool B having played Brazil and Portugal away from home.
"You don't have to say a lot, Italy is the top favourite," Moculescu said. "But we don't only want to play well we also want to win.
"We are not that strong in the statistics of service and attacking because Björn Andrae is not on top from yet, and at the moment we have to play with Christian Pampel and Marco Liefke. Last year, Pampel played on the position of the receiver, therefore we had three strong players in service and receiving on the team
"I just hope that the boys will play as passionately as the Rolling Stones did last night," Moculescu added referring to Thursday night's concert in Munich.
Germany will still be missing team captain Stefan Hübner because his knee is "still inflamed and needs more time," he said. "The patellar tendon is still inflamed and it will take more time to heal. I talked to our doctor Dr. Stahl and to our physiotherapist about the way of treatment. I will have to rest for about another 10 days.
"I really would like to play against Italy, now I can only give advice to my team-mates. I don't want to sacrifice the European Championship because of two World League matches."