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Prandelli: Spain aren't dull - Italy coach believes derogatory label comes from fear
Posted Sunday, July 01, 2012 by Sky Sport

Prandelli: Spain aren't dull - Italy coach believes derogatory label comes from fear
Cesare Prandelli: Italy coach laughs off Spain's boring tag

Cesare Prandelli has dismissed suggestions that Spain are boring ahead of the Euro 2012 final in Kiev on Sunday.

It is a label that has historically been levelled at Italy, as their traditional defensive style attracted criticism from many corners of the game.

But under Prandelli the Italians have adopted a more attacking philosophy, meaning many neutrals are hoping for an Azzurri triumph in the Ukraine capital.

Prandelli, however, has laughed off suggestions that his side's opponents are dull.


"Spain are the best side in the world," he said

"They've shown that in the last few years by playing their own way and staying true to their footballing philosophy.

"We've always said they are the side to beat."

And the Italy coach thinks those that criticise the Spanish style are motivated by fear.

He continued: "It's not a case of them being boring.

"It's a fear of seeing the same side always winning and Spain always seem to come out on top.

"They are not boring in any shape or form."


The Azzurri squad arrived at their Kiev hotel to a message of support from Italian president Giorgio Napolitano.

He has also invited the players to a civic reception in Rome on Monday whether they win or lose.

"I've read the letter," added Prandelli.

"These are fantastic words. He's conveyed the idea of team spirit, determination and generosity.

"That is what he wants us to convey to the country.

"I am very proud. I hope we can live up to his expectations."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

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    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    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