Tuesday June 25 2013
Albertini: 'Italy will scare Spain'

“Italy will try to scare Spain without clamming up in defence,” assured FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini.

The former Milan and Barcelona midfielder spoke ahead of Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final in Fortaleza.

“Spain are a great team who are able to keep possession for long periods and it will be a difficult challenge for us,” he told DPA.

“However, Italy will try to scare Spain without clamming up in defence. The statistics say we move the ball well and that is what we must try to do.”

Cesare Prandelli could be forced into a tactical revolution by injuries to Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate, while Andrea Pirlo is not 100 per cent either after a calf problem.

For the first time since landing in Brazil, Italy held their training sessions behind closed doors today.

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