Former Italian Under-21 boss Gigi Casiraghi is confident that the Azzurri can qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
Italy are currently third in the group after two draws, but they can still go through if they win and Spain-Croatia goes in their favour.
“The Azzurri must believe in qualification,” the former Juventus, Lazio and Chelsea striker told Radio Mana Mana Sport.
“Italy must beat Ireland and then see what the result is in the other game.
“Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland don’t look that good, while Spain are clearly better than Croatia. Spain will play their natural game and both sides will target the win.”
“Yesterday’s game left a bitter taste in the mouth,” Casiraghi continued. “However, there is still one match to go and nothing has been compromised.”
Casiraghi added that Spain remain his favourites to win the whole competition.