Sunday July 1 2012
Barzagli: 'Italy strength is unity'

Andrea Barzagli believes Italy’s star man will be “the group” in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final against Spain. “We know what to do.”

The Azzurri opened their tournament against the reigning World and European Champions in a 1-1 draw on June 10, but now they face off again.

“Now for the most difficult game against the champions of everything,” said Barzagli, who was injured for that first encounter.

“There is tiredness, but we watched videos and have been playing together for a month, so we know what to do. We’ve got positive sensations.”

Andrea Pirlo is the favourite to be named MVP of the competition, but Barzagli believes Italy’s strengths lie elsewhere.

“Who is our star man? The group, then clearly we hope that we put some individuals in a position to come out with a world class moment.

“Spain might not fear us, but they respect us a great deal.”

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