Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has said that his players do not fear Spain and that they will spend all their time before the final assessing the weaknesses of the world and European champions.
The Italians drew with Spain in the first round of the group games; however Prandelli believes Italy has learnt their lessons from that game and is in much better shape mentally:
“We are physically and mentally stronger than when we faced them in our opening game. We only have one day to prepare for this game but we will try to find Spain’s weaknesses. They are the world and European champions and they are an example to everyone. But we have grown and we should not fear them. We have to have the strength to face them with ideas and quality.”
Prandelli also confirmed that he will be considering his future at the end of the tournament, regardless of the result, even though his contract runs out in 2014:
“I miss being out on the pitch more and why I have a great relationship with the federation, but the last two months have been very difficult.” (Guardian)