Gerard Pique is expecting “a very exciting match with a great team” in tonight’s Spain-Italy Confederations Cup semi-final.
It kicks off in Fortaleza at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) and the winners will go through to face Brazil in Sunday’s Final. The losing team takes on Uruguay earlier that same day.
“It will be a very exciting match with a great team,” Pique told Marca.
“They know how to play these types of games, especially those that are life or death. It will be a closed game and they will try to stop us playing. We must try to impose our style.
“We have been fortunate that from the World Cup in South Africa the main block of players remains the same.”
Italy held Spain to a 1-1 draw in the Euro 2012 group phase, only to be beaten 4-0 in the Final.
“Vicente Del Bosque has made only a few changes and as for Italy it is true that something has changed with relation to the Euro 2012 Final.
“Italy are one of the greats and have many titles. They will be a very difficult opponent to beat. We beat them 4-0 in the final last year and it seems like it will be easy, but if you look back, Italy have always made it difficult to beat them.
“We want to win the Confederations Cup, as it is a title that would prove that Spain are still up there. It would close a cycle after winning many titles.
“The team is capable of this and much more. We are favourites and want to go for it.”
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