The Gazzetta dello Sport claims Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is thinking of using a 3-5-2 against Spain this week.
The two sides will face each other in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup on Thursday evening and the tactician has some selection problems.
Prandelli has used a 4-3-2-1 system in the tournament so far with Mario Balotelli being fielded as a lone striker.
However, the injured Milan man has been ruled out of the clash and the CT is also concerned with the eight goals the Azzurri have conceded in their three games so far.
Prandelli is thus pondering the use of Juventus’ three-man defence in a ploy he selected against the Spanish in their Euro 2012 group game. That match ended 1-1.
Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini could start in the middle of the rearguard, with Napoli’s Christian Maggio and Emanuele Giaccherini of Juve asked to play as wing-backs.
Bologna’s Alberto Gilardino is being tipped to replace Super Mario in attack.