‘Italy will scare Spain’

“Italy will try to scare Spain without clamming up in defence,” assured FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini.

The former Milan and Barcelona midfielder spoke ahead of Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final in Fortaleza.

“Spain are a great team who are able to keep possession for long periods and it will be a difficult challenge for us,” he told DPA.

“However, Italy will try to scare Spain without clamming up in defence. The statistics say we move the ball well and that is what we must try to do.”

Cesare Prandelli will be without Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate for the last four clash, whilst Andre Pirlo is expected to not be 100 per cent fit.

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