Saturday, 9 June 2012

Spain vs Italy Preview

The opening game of Group C and day three of Euro 2012, will be between champions Spain and finalist of 12 years ago Italy.

Four years ago, Spain lived up to expectations and defeated Germany to gain their second European crown. They are favorites again this time around, however no team has ever defended the crown and they must surely slip up at some point.

Italy on the other hand, will want to banish the demons of their disastrous World Cup performance of two years ago where they finished bottom of their group. They qualified with easy for this competition which is always a positive and it's not often that Italy have two poor tournaments in a row.

Spain are huge favorites for this game, but they should't be overconfident, Italy are not often a poor side and have some decent players in their ranks, such as the unpredictable Mario Balotelli and Daniele De Rossi. Remember Spain's opening World Cup game where they suffered a shock defeat to Switzerland?, They will have to be on their guard this time around to make sure the same doesn't happen.

I think that lessons will have been learnt from the Switzerland game and the Spanish will come out on top. It will be a close game but I feel that Spain will edge by a goal, Italy will be very defensive and excerpt a lot of effort, the next two games will be key for them.  

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