The Manchester City playmaker is wary of the prospect of facing his team-mate when Spain take on the Azzurri this Sunday in the opening game of Euro 2012's Group C
The Manchester City midfielder, who played an influential part in La Roja's Euro 2008 win, assured that his country will not underestimate the Azzurri in their Group C opener despite Cesare Prandelli's side being written off by critics.
"Italy are a great team and they can always cause us trouble," Silva was quoted as saying by Marca. "It will be a complicated game."
|9/4||David Silva is 9/4 with William Hill to score at any time when Spain play Italy on Sunday.|
Silva also complimented his Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli, who is to spearhead Italy's attack alongside Antonio Cassano, and joked that he will ask the 21-year-old to have a poor game.
"I will tell Balotelli to not have a good performance!
"It will be tough because he is a great player, able to score a lot of goals. We will need to pay a lot of attention to him."
Balotelli netted 17 goals in 32 appearances for Manchester City this past season.
Both teams met in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals as Spain progressed with a 5-4 victory on penalties following a 0-0 stalemate after 120 minutes.