Thursday June 28 2012
Ozil to mark Pirlo?

Italian pundits believe Alessandro Diamanti will be on the bench and Mesut Ozil is set to mark Andrea Pirlo.

Tonight Italy-Germany is the Euro 2012 semi-final with the winner going on to face Spain on Sunday.

“I am curious to see what Ozil will do, as Joachim Low will probably use him to mark Pirlo in midfield,” Maurizio Compagnoni told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think Riccardo Montolivo could cause some problems for Bastian Schweinsteiger too.”

There were reports of Diamanti pushing his way into the starting XI after a fine performance against England.

“I really like Diamanti and he has that arrogance needed at this level, so when he went to take the final penalty I felt confident. However, I believe Cesare Prandelli sees Diamanti as more of a weapon to be deployed during the game.

“Mario Balotelli lacks the killer instinct of Pippo Inzaghi, but has a great deal of quality. He did well in the quarter-final and it’s only right that he starts.”