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Old 08-06-2012, 07:14   #201
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Trapattoni hopes for Spain-Italy draw

Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping that Spain and Italy draw in Sunday evening’s Group C opening fixture at Euro 2012.

The Republic of Ireland Coach will face both teams in the group stages of this summer’s European Championships and recognises the importance of three points against Croatia for his team.

However, the former Italy boss suggested that even a draw with Slaven Bilic’s side will suffice for Irish hopes of a quarter-final berth, if the Azzurri also draw with Spain.

“We know perfectly well that the first match is very important, as important as the other first match, Italy against Spain,” the Italian veteran reflected on UEFA.com.

“So the first 90 minutes will have an impact on the tournament. It's very important to win the first match, which would give us a certain advantage, but it would also be important not to lose. Then you'd need to judge it in light of the Italy-Spain result.

“The first results will be important. If it's two draws, then it might be possible to qualify with four points.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:14   #202
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:33   #203
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The way that Prandelli play his football is the cause that Italy could meet scoring problem.
Hopefully it won't happen.


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Old 09-06-2012, 07:47   #204
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Old 09-06-2012, 14:40   #205
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Xabi Alonso admires Pirlo
By Football Italia staff

Xabi Alonso believes Italy are “combative and competitive” when under pressure, revealing Spain have studied Andrea Pirlo and their tactics carefully.

The two nations go head to head in the Group C opener on Sunday at 17.00 UK time.

“Scandals and injuries are just reasons for us to be even more concerned about facing Italy,” Xabi Alonso told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“All this chaos makes us even more alert, because we know what the Azzurri are like. We saw you in 2006 with a big scandal, Juventus sent to Serie B and Italy winning the World Cup.

“Italy are combative and competitive when dealing with difficulties. The problems they are going through do not remotely relax us.”

Cesare Prandelli is likely to switch to a 3-5-2 system after three consecutive friendly defeats without scoring a goal.

“We are studying hard. If you play with five at the back, five in the middle, four in a diamond or with the Christmas Tree formation, we are ready.

“That won’t make us change the way we play, though. It’s just about being intelligent and trying to anticipate the moves of our opponents. We pay attention, but are not obsessed by tactics,” continued Xabi Alonso.

“Pirlo is decisive and that is certainly not a surprise. This season he did a great thing, as it wasn’t easy to leave Milan after a spectacular career as leader and model player to join Juve and win the title with style.

“Pirlo has always put himself forward as a reference point for seeking ever more beautiful football. I always liked Pirlo, because he never wanted to be a protagonist off the field, so ended up being one for what he does on the pitch.”
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Old 09-06-2012, 14:48   #206
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Xabi Alonso admires Pirlo
By Football Italia staff

Xabi Alonso believes Italy are “combative and competitive” when under pressure, revealing Spain have studied Andrea Pirlo and their tactics carefully.

The two nations go head to head in the Group C opener on Sunday at 17.00 UK time.

“Scandals and injuries are just reasons for us to be even more concerned about facing Italy,” Xabi Alonso told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“All this chaos makes us even more alert, because we know what the Azzurri are like. We saw you in 2006 with a big scandal, Juventus sent to Serie B and Italy winning the World Cup.



“Italy are combative and competitive when dealing with difficulties. The problems they are going through do not remotely relax us.”

Cesare Prandelli is likely to switch to a 3-5-2 system after three consecutive friendly defeats without scoring a goal.

“We are studying hard. If you play with five at the back, five in the middle, four in a diamond or with the Christmas Tree formation, we are ready.

“That won’t make us change the way we play, though. It’s just about being intelligent and trying to anticipate the moves of our opponents. We pay attention, but are not obsessed by tactics,” continued Xabi Alonso.

“Pirlo is decisive and that is certainly not a surprise. This season he did a great thing, as it wasn’t easy to leave Milan after a spectacular career as leader and model player to join Juve and win the title with style.

“Pirlo has always put himself forward as a reference point for seeking ever more beautiful football. I always liked Pirlo, because he never wanted to be a protagonist off the field, so ended up being one for what he does on the pitch.”

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Old 09-06-2012, 14:50   #207
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When did this bearded ginger get to know Pirlo so well?
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:25   #208
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prandelli is a moron if he put de rossi in cb position he should be fired immediately with that idiotc idea
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:27   #209
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prandelli is a moron if he put de rossi in cb position he should be fired immediately with that idiotc idea
he played well for Roma when they used him there, he would add a passing dimension out of the back that they currently dont have

I'm liking the 3-5-2 idea, it should work to Italy's strengths, and it will be even stronger if and when Barzagli is fit


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Old 10-06-2012, 08:17   #210
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Italy in positive mood for Spain test

Cesare Prandelli has called for a "dynamic, active and energetic" Italy when they take on defending champions Spain whose coach Vicente del Bosque knows a tough test awaits.

After admitting that the prospect of facing tournament holders Spain was not causing him to lose sleep, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he would be sending his side out for the Group C opener in Gdansk with the intention "to win".

When the draw for UEFA EURO 2012 was made at the Palace of Arts in Kyiv last December, excitement abounded at the prospect of an encounter between the last two world champions and now that it has finally arrived, the coach of the Azzurri called on his players to be "dynamic, active and energetic" as they seek to upset a Spain team unbeaten in their last 14 competitive encounters.

"We have good feelings about the match and have trained well," the 54-year-old informed a packed press conference ahead of the 30th meeting between these teams. "We have prepared in a positive way and we are fully aware that we have a good team. If we work together we can be really competitive."

With Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli currently nursing a left calf injury, midfielder Daniele De Rossi is expected to deputise in the heart of the Italy defence. "We have tried many options but this is something we often do," Prandelli explained. "If De Rossi he has to play in that position it won't be only as a defender but also as a defensive midfielder.

"Tomorrow we want to keep our opponents away from our penalty area. "They will probably have more possession and will cause us problems but when Italy play football as we know we can, we can fully challenge a team like Spain"."

Vicente Del Bosque, for his part, warned his side that they would need to be at their best in order to avoid a repeat of their opening defeat against Switzerland at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, an outcome the Spain coach said would seriously hamper the team's chances of retaining the title they won four years ago. "In a group of four teams the first game is fundamental," he said. ""We want to start well but know we will have a very strong team in front of us"."

With midfielder Cesc Fŕbregas having shaken off the thigh complaint he picked up in FC Barcelona's Copa del Rey final victory against Athletic Club, Del Bosque has a full 23-man squad available for what will be a repeat of the teams' EURO 2008 quarter-final encounter which Spain won on penalties.

"I have decided on my team but the players will not be informed until the morning of the game," the coach said, leaving many to guess as to which of Fernando Torres, Álvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente will gain the starting role up front.

"There are always doubts when you have to pick 11 players and when everyone is so keen to play. We have a stupendous group who all get along well with one another. We prepared well for this tournament and are ready for any situation on the night."
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:10   #211
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Is Prandelli seriously putting Giaccherini on the left?


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Old 10-06-2012, 15:20   #212
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Prandelli: 'Italy ready for Spain'
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Cesare Prandelli confirmed Emanuele Giaccherini will start against Spain today. “We will be ready and eager to prove ourselves against the best.”

Italy begin their Euro 2012 adventure at 17.00 UK time in Gdansk with the Group C opener (see probable line-ups here).

“Don’t forget we are only talking about football, but I must admit I am as excited now as I was 22 years ago when I made my management debut on the Atalanta bench,” he told Rai Sport.

“When I said we could’ve not come to Euro 2012, sadly very few realised it was a comment set to provoke.”

Curiously, Spain have never been able to beat Italy over 90 minutes in a competitive match, sending them out of Euro 2008 on penalties.

“We are ready for today’s game and eager to prove ourselves against one of the best teams in the world.

“Don’t forget that we are Italy, so we must always be prepared. The secret will be keeping focused in defence and at the same time attacking with balance.”

Daniele De Rossi moves into the centre-back role in a 3-5-2 formation and Prandelli confirmed Giaccherini will start despite the fact he is uncapped.

“Yes, Giaccherini will be in the starting XI. I always maintain our first objective must be good football, as without that you get nowhere and certainly don’t get results.

“Antonio Cassano will do his talking on the pitch. As for Mario Balotelli, he has the talent to help us win, but we must also help him by keeping the team tight.”
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Is Prandelli seriously putting Giaccherini on the left?
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:19   #214
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chiellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllini earned my respect after kicking xavi like 10 times in a row to get the ball


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Old 11-06-2012, 07:26   #215
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chiellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllini earned my respect after kicking xavi like 10 times in a row to get the ball
He's winning back what he lost just by kicking the right guy this time.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:00   #216
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i found it hilarious and i loved him for it. no nonsense defender... too bad he plays for the zebras


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prandelli is a moron if he put de rossi in cb position he should be fired immediately with that idiotc idea
Wt pretty well , guess that's why he coaches Italy and we watch.,
It did seem odd but man did DDR rise to the task .


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Old 14-06-2012, 22:05   #218
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Must win game against Ireland. really should change the lineup

-------------------Buffon---------------
-----Barzagli---De Rossi---Cheillini-------
--Abate--Motta--Pirlo--Noce--Balzaretti-
---------Di Natale---------Cassano--------

Really tempted to bench Cheillini for falling asleep, but think that Bonucci is still a bigger potential problem. Have no problem with De Rossi and sweeper and wouldnt want to bench Motta to move him up.

Marchisio misses far too many goal chances, a poacher like Nocerino could be valuable. Balotelli not doing enough, go with the finisher and experienced player in Di Natale.

Gianchierra should not be starting, he gets torn apart, secure the left hand side with Balzaretti


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Must win game against Ireland. really should change the lineup

-------------------Buffon---------------
-----Barzagli---De Rossi---Cheillini-------
--Abate--Motta--Pirlo--Noce--Balzaretti-
---------Di Natale---------Cassano--------

Really tempted to bench Cheillini for falling asleep, but think that Bonucci is still a bigger potential problem. Have no problem with De Rossi and sweeper and wouldnt want to bench Motta to move him up.

Marchisio misses far too many goal chances, a poacher like Nocerino could be valuable. Balotelli not doing enough, go with the finisher and experienced player in Di Natale.

Gianchierra should not be starting, he gets torn apart, secure the left hand side with Balzaretti
Giacch is such a liability. Not even being biased here but the promise shown by Mattia De Sciglio in the matches he played, he looked better than Giaccherini, definitely the weakest point of the Italy side. As for fielding Abate over Maggio, could be an idea but then you're losing one point of attack as he's so poor going forward despite his speed, but I guess that could be a threat.

Very nervous times now :/


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Must win game against Ireland. really should change the lineup

-------------------Buffon---------------
-----Barzagli---De Rossi---Cheillini-------
--Abate--Motta--Pirlo--Noce--Balzaretti-
---------Di Natale---------Cassano--------
I think its time to go full mental. If we are playing 3 cb's then Play MAggio Balzaretti on wb's and in midfield just PIrlo MArchisio and Giovinco behind Cassano and Balo/Natale. Afterall we are playing ireland and we need to score goals too if it ever comes to that.

Other wise Play 4 at the back with abate as RB, balza LB and put De Rossi Pirlo Marchisio in midfield. And again Giovinco behind Cassano and Natale/Balo


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