Federico Balzaretti can’t wait to take to the field in tonight’s crucial Euro 2012 game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.
“Tonight’s game is the kind of encounter that everybody would like to play in,” the Palermo stopper noted.
“It’s a tie that you start with the knowledge that only a victory will do and that charges you up for the encounter.”
However, the Azzurri know that a victory this evening may still not be enough given the possible outcomes of the other Group C game.
“We have to just think about winning in the hope that the other result favours us,” continued the Italian.
“If we start worrying about how the Spain-Croatia game is going during our own tie then we run the risk of losing our focus.”
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