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Prandelli: Spain clash not about revenge

The Italy coach is eagerly anticipating Thursday's Confederations Cup semi-final encounter but stresses that last year's defeat in the Euro 2012 final is no longer on their minds

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli insists that Thursday's Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain is not about revenge for last year's Euro 2012 loss.

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The Azzurri were beaten 4-0 in the final of last year's European Championship but the former Fiorentina boss is nonetheless optimistic about his side's chances of getting a good result this time around.

"This is not about revenge for our loss in the final at the Euros. Our goal is to cause them trouble. The players know that we are one of the teams that have hurt Spain more than anyone else," he said at a press conference.

"In Gdansk at Euro 2012, we played in a different way [in the first game] but we played a good game. There's not an ideal method to deal with Spain and be certain you'll win against them.

"Regarding the tactical choices, in terms of formations and systems of play, we've tried several and we haven't decided yet. Teams that change formations aren't necessarily weak. It just means that they have ideas.

"We know the game will be difficult because they always have possession for most of the time but we need to read the situation and show the courage we showed [in the 4-2 loss] against Brazil."