Moin, Germany have never been defensive (In the sense of the word anyway), but you must admit at the last world cup their football play was hardly exciting. They depended a lot on Ballack. They had no depth up front (Selecting Bierhoff??? He was past it... I believe Bobic was also in the side or at least a fringe consideration?? Can't quite remember).
You won't see Germany defending leads under Klinsmann however. The guy was a striker. Has no idea about defence whatsoever.
BTW: I still firmly believe Italy won't beat Australia, at least not easily. From my understanding, Gattuso isn't fully fit and De Rossi will be out. So that leaves only Perotta to do the heavy work for Pirlo. Get Bresc or Cahill to pressure Pirlo and he'll eventually cough it up.
The biggest key match up, IMHO, however, is determining which of Cannavaro or Materazzi will mark Viduka. If Cannavaro marks Viduka, than the task of beating Italy will be much, much harder. If Materazzi marks Viduka, than we'll probably see Viduka owning Matrix.
Lets see if Italy can get past Lucas Neill.