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The former England boss believes that the Azzurri are more defensive than ever, before revealing that he successfully utilised the same formation in the past

Fabio Capello has pointed out that Italy's 3-5-2 formation is a more defensive system than the set-ups they previously employed.

National team coach Cesare Prandelli opted to switch to a three-man defense after the friendly loss to Russia in a pre-Euro 2012 friendly, and has since been praised for his courage to change formation last minute.

However, Capello believes the Italy boss made the switch to attain more defensive solidity rather than attacking depth.

"The 3-5-2 formation is, as I have always said, a more defensive system to play because normally if you defend, then you defend with five defenders in one line," Capello was quoted as saying on the official UEFA website.

"In the past you played with a sweeper and two players whose job it is to mark; [they are] the two so-called stoppers. Now this sweeper plays on the same line as his teammates. So you've always got one player behind you to cover and you play with five men behind the ball which is a very defensive system.

"But at the same time you have the two wing-backs who can create a lot of danger down the flanks. I have to say that when I won the domestic title with Roma we played with this system, too. I had Cafu on the right and [Vincent] Candela on the left."

Italy currently sits third in Group C with two points from two games, and locks horns with Republic of Ireland on Monday as they aim for a quarterfinal ticket.

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