Christian Maggio said Thursday’s Euro 2012 match against Croatia will be crucial for Italy’s knockout-stage hopes.
The Azzurri held Spain to a 1-1 draw in their Group C opener, and the 2006 World Cup winners will be looking to build on that in the match against Slaven Bilic’s men in Poznan.
“The Croatia match is crucial – looking at the table a win is very important for us to keep moving in the right direction,” Maggio told the official UEFA website.
“We know we are up against a very solid team. We have watched some clips and they are a team who can cause problems at any time, especially up front.
“However, I’m convinced that if we play like we did against Spain, they’ll be in trouble.”
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