Wednesday June 27 2012
Italy to make two changes?

Giorgio Chiellini and Alessandro Diamanti could be thrown into the Italian starting XI for their Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany.

The Azzurri will take on the Germans tomorrow evening and boss Cesare Prandelli is pondering two changes to the team which beat England on penalties.

The first switch could come with the inclusion of Diamanti from the start in place of Antonio Cassano. The Bologna man, who came on as a substitute in Kiev on Sunday, would play behind Mario Balotelli.

The other change may be in defence given that Giorgio Chiellini has returned to full training after injury.

However, the centre-back could be fielded as a left-back in place of Palermo’s Federico Balzaretti as Prandelli may not want to break up the partnership of Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci in the middle.

Milan right-back Ignazio Abate is expected to be fit, while Daniele De Rossi should make it as well even if Antonio Nocerino is on stand-by.

Italy possible: Buffon; Abate, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini; Pirlo; Marchisio, De Rossi (Nocerino), Montolivo; Diamanti; Balotelli

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