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Confederations Cup preview: Spain vs Italy

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Spain comfortably beat Italy at Euro 2012 (©GettyImages)
Spain comfortably beat Italy at Euro 2012 (©GettyImages).

In the second Confederation Cup semi-finals, European and World champions Spain come up against Italy.

It's set to be a titanic occasion, with Italy looking to end the Spanish dominance on Brazilian soil.  

Spain are not only favourites for the fixture, but the favourites to lift the trophy and their performances have certainly backed this up.

Not only have they netted 15 times in the group stages but they have the tournament’s top goal scorer within their squad - no one other than Chelsea misfit Fernando Torres. 

They’ve been impressive at the back too, conceding just the one goal on their travels to the semis - an unstoppable free-kick from Luis Suarez’s right boot.

Italy, on the other hand have conceded just as many as they scored (eight) in the group stages. 

This immediately highlights they have a massive weakness to be exploited and Spain will be looking to open this up with their inch perfect passes from the likes of Iniesta, Fabreags and Xavi supplying their lone striker. 

Whether the Italian back-four will be able to hold out against such explosive opposition is yet to be found out but, conceding three goals to the likes of Japan doesn’t send out the best message.

However, if Italy are to get anything out of the fixture, then they are going to have to hope there midfield maestro’s Marchisio, Montolivo and Aquilani can, not only stay strong in front of the back four but, get the ball forward as much as they can. 

The Spaniard's team-talk will more than likely echo the obvious ‘same again.' Although a cliché, they will need to continue with the way they know best and that is with patient build up play, holding on to possession and exquisite through balls to their front man.

Prediction:  

I can see nothing but a Spain win here - with the Italians finding it difficult to get the ball off the Japanese I can’t see them getting much more  of it here either. Presuming the Spanish stick with the five in midfield and a lone striker they will hold on the ball with ease and pick out through balls to Soldado all night who will find it easy to put the ball past a very shaky Buffon. 

Although Fernando Torres has already found the net five times in this competition I can see Del Bosque sticking with Soldado up front who I believe will bag on the night. I’m going for 3-0 with Soldado grabbing a double and Fabregas netting the third. 

 

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