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Italy v Mexico – Preview

As the Confederations Cup starting with *Brazill v Japan result* all eyes are now looking towards unimpressive Mexico v Euro 2012 finalists Italy, Italy will look for some silverware after a disappointing preformance against Spain at Euro 2012 final which they lost to La Ruja 4-0! And Chicharito’s Mexico will represent Central America.

The Italians are coming as the European runner-ups as Spain won the latest Euro & World Cup, and will bring big stars such as Balotelli, Pirlo, Marchisio, Stephan El Shaarawy & Giorgio Chiellini. But one player stands out in Cesara Prandelli’s squad, Davide Astori from Cagliari who is wanted by Milan, Napoli, Juventus, Chelsea and a lot more, and he is expected to be in a much more bigger club after the competition.

Mexico, who hasn’t perform so proudly in the World Cup qualifications will be represented by Manchester United’s Chichatrito, Mallorca’s Giovani Dos Santos (former Tottenham & Barcelona player) Valencia’s Andres Guardado & newly Porto player, youngster Diego Reyes. But most of the squad will be from the Mexican league which shows the lack of  quality of the Mexicans.

Italy’s formation: Cesara Prandelli is expected to start with an Italian classic 3-5-2 with Buffon between the sticks, Bonucci, Barzagli & Chiellini will stay as a dominant force at the back three, Pirlo will play a slightly more deeper role in midfield, Montolivo & Marchisio on the half way line going up-front and down to help the team, Abate & Giaccherini on the wings, Osvaldo & Balotelli will parner up in order to break defences.

Mexico’s formation:  De La Torre will open with a flat 4-4-2 as Ajaccio goalkeeper Ochoa will be in goal, new Porto signing Reyes will partner up with Espanyol’s Hector Moreno, Torres Nilo as a left back & Club World Cup semi-finalists with Monterrey Meza as a right back in midfield another Monterrey player as Zavala will partner with Molina, on the wings former Barcelona player and current Mallorca star Giovani Dos Santos on the right, and Valencia’s player Andres Guardado on the left, and up-front Parelta who was excellent in Mexico’s olympic tournament (which they won after a 2-1 win over Brazill at Wembley) and of course Manchester United’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.

Qualfication standings: Italy are currently sitting in first place at their World Cup qualification group with a four points lead over Bulgaria in second, and Mexico are sitting third with 8 points in their World Cup qualification group behind United States in first with 10 points and Costa Rica by goal difference.

Tactical Preveiw: Italy is favourites on paper, but the game isn’t played on paper so everything could happen so Chicharito & Parelta will have to work more hours on the pitch to cope with the strength of Chiellini, Barzagli & Bonucci. Even using the wing is no advantage for Mexico because Abate & Giaccherini have the lungs to go attack and defend, and with a packed midfield with Pirlo, Montolivo & Marchisio Molina & Zavala need to alert through out all the 90 minutes, Balotelli & Osvaldo showed this season that they can still score goals even when they are not at the best form, after a disappointing half season at Man City Super Mario came to Milan and was in the best form in the last 3 years, Osvaldo has been consistent all season for Roma and he is part of the best goal-scoring attack at Italy.


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