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Friday June 8 2012
Maldini has Italy attacking doubts

Former Italy boss Cesare Maldini thinks the Azzurri may be short of a true centre-forward at Euro 2012.

La Nazionale are set to field a strike partnership of Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano against Spain on Sunday, but their other options are smaller players such as Fabio Borini, Antonio Di Natale and Sebastian Giovinco.

“Cassano and Balotelli are two great players,” Maldini told Radio CRC. “However, we are perhaps missing a central attacker.”

Cesare Prandelli’s side will go into the tournament in poor shape having lost their last three friendlies since qualification.

“The losses are not a good calling card, but we always improve when it comes to an official competition,” Maldini, Italy’s 1998 World Cup tactician, added.

“Saying that, there are certainly question marks about the team, especially going into a terrible first game against Spain.”

Prandelli was expected to use a 4-3-1-2 system in the tournament, with a 4-3-3 back-up, but he may field a 3-5-2 formation at the weekend.

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