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Italy Vs. Japan – Confederations Cup Match Preview

Italy Vs. Japan – Confederations Cup Match Preview

Italy VS Japan

The upcoming match between Italy and Japan proved to be an uphill battle for the Blue Samurais. After failing to score against the crowd-favorite, Brazil, Zaccheroni and his men will have to go through blood and fire as they face the rest of the Gli Azzurri in Recife (Arena Pernambuco) this 20 June 2013.

 

There’s no denying that Japan is a force to reckon with in the Confederations Cup. However, the current circumstances tend to favor Italy. Once and for all, the momentum lingers at Cesar Prandelli’s side. The tournament is a preview of what the squad has to offer in the World Cup and winning over a worthy opponent brings a strong sense of pride and chemistry among the players. The only challenge in here is for Prandelli to keep the fire burning and be wary of over confidence as it was also the reason behind their 2 consecutive losses during the previous Confederations Cup.

 

Meanwhile, other than the victory over Mexico, Mario Balotelli is also a powerful force that Japan must face. His right-footed shot became the match’s deciding goal. It has been said that Super Mario tends to perform better under Prandelli’s tutelage and one can expect him to display the same degree of prowess and skill when he and his team meets Japan.

 

Lately, the Blue Samurais seem to experience conversion problem. The likes of Shinji Kagawa and Honda have  been having difficulties in penetrating a tough defence. And fortunately for Italy, they have the veteran Gianluigi Buffon to remain on guard and keep Japan on their toes.

 

Italy is the favorite pick, obviously. Even in Asian bookies, the Gli Azzurri stands as favorites with Asian handicap handed over to Japan.

 

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