Hernanes is looking forward to challenging his Lazio teammate Antonio Candreva. “A month ago we celebrated, now we are opponents.”
The Brazilian midfielder is due to start in place of the injured Paulinho in tonight’s Confederations Cup match with Italy.
“This is a classic encounter and one with a great tradition behind it,” said Hernanes at his Press conference.
“Italy do have more attacking players at this moment in time, though their mentality remains essentially the same.
“The fact they are without Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi will make a big difference, as Pirlo begins most of the Azzurri moves.”
Cesare Prandelli is expected to adopt a 4-3-3 formation with Candreva and Alessandro Diamanti supporting Mario Balotelli.
“A month ago I celebrated winning the Coppa Italia side-by-side with Candreva, but now we are opponents. These things only happen in football.”
Italy face Brazil in the Confederations Cup at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) in Salvador.