Spain and Italy will see themselves face to face with each other this Thursday, in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.
The teams will revive memories of last summer, when they played the Euro 2012 final in Kiev.
On that occasion, the Spaniards were the winners, with a 4-0 victory and goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.
This time, the Italians are set to swear vengeance on La Roja, and they will try to flip the result.
The Spanish team is also prepared for a different type of revenge: the team managed by Vicente del Bosque was knocked out in semi-finals during the last Confederations Cup in 2009, and they want to reach the final this year.
“Italy are a tough opponent, one of the greats of European and world football.” Del Bosque told reporters.
“Our challenge is to get to the final on June 30, but we must overcome Italy who will still be fresh from the European Championship Final and will come into this game with the spirit of revenge.
“Few things have changed in both squads. We have both maintained a stable block and the same Coaches.”
A downside for the Azzurri is the last minute absence of Mario Balotelli.
The striker suffered muscular pain in his left quadriceps after the game against Brazil, and it's official that he will not be ready for the Thursday's game.
The match will be held at Castelão stadium in Fortaleza, on June 27.
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