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Saturday June 23 2012
Barzagli spills the beans!

Andrea Barzagli was told off by Coach Cesare Prandelli when he accidentally revealed Italy’s tactics for the quarter-final with England.

The manager had refused to answer questions on whether they would play with a 3-5-2 or a 4-3-1-2 system in the Press conference, but Barzagli was not so discreet.

“You stop Wayne Rooney with the team, as we defend with four defenders and the whole team. It’s normal we know Rooney and have to be concentrated 100 per cent.”

Prandelli told him off and the Juventus man held up his hands to admit he had spilled the beans.

“It’s a quarter-final against England, so if we don’t prove tomorrow that we’re a team who can step up in quality, we never will.

“It depends on us and the whole squad is concentrated, eager to prove Italy are here. We’ve shown that in the last three matches, but will need to do so again.”

Italy only conceded two goals throughout the 2006 World Cup, but have already leaked two in the opening two games in Poland.

“The World Cup was another tournament. In the Euros we have seen many goals in every game, so no teams are really unbeatable in defence.

“That’s normal, as there is a lot of quality in attack and so far we haven’t had that many problems. We conceded two goals in three games and allowed few chances.

“The more we go forward, the stronger the sides we face and of course we have to be at 100 per cent to stop them scoring.

“It’s the eve of a very important game and of course it’s the greatest thing for a player, to feel that tension, happiness to be here and utmost concentration. In these tournaments, no match feels more or less wonderful than the next.”

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