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Pagliuca: Italy need balance just right

SoccerNews in European Championships 27 Jun 2012

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Italy need to find the balance between defence and attack to beat Germany and progress to the Euro 2012 final according to Gianluca Pagliuca.

The retired Italy goalkeeper told Goal.com he anticipates a much stiffer test for Cesare Prandelli’s side in Thursday’s last-four clash than the one provided by England in the quarter-final.

I have always said that Germany were my favourites to win the tournament,” the 45-year-old said.

“The Germans are the most difficult opponent for Italy and have every advantage going into this game as we get two days less to prepare. That is why I maintain that Germany are favourites, even though Italy have a chance if they play to their potential.

“It is improbable to see a match like the one against England, we will have to suffer more.

“To win Prandelli will (need to) strike the perfect balance between defence and attack.

“We will have fewer opportunities to score, because the Germans will not let us have as many shots as England did. The team, therefore, must be a bit smarter.”

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