Morgan De Sanctis gives his insight into England manager Roy Hodgson’s approach and believes Italy “can win, but not without difficulty.”
The Azzurri face England in Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final and this week Leonardo Bonucci said they were stronger than the Three Lions.
“I don’t entirely agree with Bonucci,” said second choice goalkeeper De Sanctis in today’s Press conference.
“I am still confident, because I think this squad can beat England, but not without difficulty.
“I know Hodgson well, seeing as we worked together at Udinese. I can imagine he’s preparing the match very well, especially in terms of defence.”
Current England manager Hodgson had a very brief spell on the Udinese bench in 2001-02, lasting only half a season.
“The English have temperament and physical strength. We can combat them with an intelligent and reasoned game.
“It means we have to develop a highly-technical performance that can avoid their aggression.”
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