Friday March 25 2011
Kek: Slovenia have an advantage

Slovenia boss Matjaz Kek believes his side will have an advantage when they meet Italy tonight because his players know Serie A very well.

Italy can take a big step towards qualifying for Euro 2012 with a win in Ljubljana, but past results suggest it won't be easy for Cesare Prandelli.

"People who think Italy are no longer a super power in football are wrong," said Kek. "Many Slovenes are convinced that it will be an easy game. That's a mistake.

"We have an advantage. Several of our players are part of Italian clubs. They know our opponents and they speak the language - details that could be important.

"There are no favourites. Slovenia and Italy have the same chance to win."

Among the players with experience of Serie A in Slovenia's squad are Samir Handanovic, Zlatko Dedic, Josip Ilicic [pictured] and Armin Bacinovic.

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