Cesare Prandelli’s assistant Francesco Rocca explains how Italy must face Spain at Euro 2012. “The midfield is the key.”
Rocca is set to watch today’s friendly between Spain and Serbia in the lead-up to the tournament, which kicks off for the Azzurri against the reigning World and European Champions.
“The midfield is the key and clearly that is Spain’s greatest strength,” Rocca told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“For this reason it will be necessary to press them when they start their moves. Spain could feel the tension and get anxious when pressed high up the field.
“In any case, fitness levels will be crucial when facing Spain.”
The Italy squad is now complete at the Coverciano training ground, as Thiago Motta and the players who took part in the Juventus-Napoli Coppa Italia Final have joined in.
However, there are reports Riccardo Montolivo might not make the final cut in the 23-man side.
The Fiorentina midfielder, who has now signed a contract with Milan, has been struggling with a right thigh strain and could miss out on the tournament.
He will undergo final medical tests on Monday along with Giorgio Chiellini, who also has a muscular problem.
Italy begin their Euro 2012 preparations by facing Luxembourg in Parma on Tuesday, then travel to Zurich for another friendly against Russia on Friday.
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