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Italy expect Croatian challenge
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012 by SNTV


Croatia's ability to vary their tactics, their intensity and their physical prowess make them a very different prospect to facing Spain, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli warned on Wednesday.


SOUNDBITE (Italian): Cesare Prandelli, Italy head coach

"I am going to wait until last minute before making any decisions, because I want to see what the atmosphere is like. I am not going to give any advantage to anyone. But I am thinking about this."

SOUNDBITE (Italian): Cesare Prandelli, Italy head coach

"We saw the DVD of the Croatia-Ireland game. Straight away, we said that we will struggle a lot more, because of the way Croatia play football. They can change systems during the game and they can play at a very high tempo. Not only in terms of ball possession but also in how intense their game is. So they have a completely different style to Spain. We will struggle to some extent. We will need to read their game very well. We have a lot of quality in our side and we have the quality to win the game."

SOUNDBITE (Italian): Andrea Pirlo, midfielder, Italy

"The team is very positive. We have got a lot of belief in our game. We know how good we are and I think with these elements we can win the game."

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    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia