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Italy Ready To Fly To Brazil

Italy Ready To Fly To Brazil

Match date: 06 September 2013

Venue: Palermo

 

The face-off between Italy (Azurri) and Bulgaria (Lions) are one of the most anticipated qualifying world cup matches this September. Both teams are eyeing for their ticket to Brazil and at the same time, a hold of the top spot in the group. But between the two, it is evident that Italy has the edge over Bulgaria.

 

Confederations Cup exposure

Italy’s exposure and participation in the Confederations Cup prepared the team not only in the qualifying round, but also in the actual World Cup Tournament.
Although reaching the ambition to reach the finals never materialized, it was nonetheless, an impressive performance. From the nerve-wrecking encounter against Japan and forcing the mighty Spain to a draw, the Italians have readily proved their stability and solidarity on the pitch.

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It is also worthy to mention that the tournament saw Andrea Pirlo and striker, Mario Balotelli’s exit due to an injury. Nevertheless, the team managed to pressure and keep their opponents on their toes. The absence of two noteworthy players also showed the team’s flexibility and tons of materials to work on. It has Sebastian Giovinco and Stephan El Shaarawy to compete against equally aggressive Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani and definitely, it is the same strong team that will face the Lions.

 

Italian powerhouse

Italy has never lost in the qualifying round and so is Bulgaria. However, majority of Bulgaria’s matches ended in a draw. Out of the 6, only 2 matches were won. This is in stark contrast to Italy’s 4 wins and 2 draws.

 

Given this situation at hand, it can be assessed that the Azurris are more consistent. The team’s stability in terms of their scoring and defence were evident in their past qualifying matches.

 

A concrete example of this was the match against Denmark. Despite Pablo Osvaldo’s red card, the 10-man team pulled off a 3-1 victory. In a draw against Czech Republic, Gianluigi Buffon and his diving saves, saved the squad for a possible defeat.

 

Indeed, it is true that Italy and Bulgaria’s previous encounter witnessed a draw. Yet, in their upcoming match, Cesare Prandelli will surely put an end to this celebrated saga.

 

 

Photo Credit: Miguel Tovar/ Zimbio

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