Barcelona ace Xavi: Italy more attacking under Prandelli

Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes Italy play a more attacking brand of football under Cesare Prandelli. Spain face Italy tonight in their Euros opener.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes Italy play a more attacking brand of football under Cesare Prandelli.

Spain face Italy tonight in their Euros opener.

“Italy has changed its system,” said Xavi.

“Now the team wants to play the ball more with a packed midfield diamond and Andrea Pirlo is the outstanding player in that area of the pitch.

“They also have two great strikers like Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano. They no longer hold back like in the ‘catenaccio’ years.

“Now they try to play the ball and take the initiative, as they have the players for that. We are going to see an entertaining spectacle tomorrow. It’s not going to be one of those games in which they are closed up and Spain has the ball constantly.”

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