Barzagli hails Italy's 'collective' ahead of Euro 2012 final

The Azzurri centre-back is confident his side can overcome the "champions of everything" as long as they play as a team, but has reiterated the threat La Roja pose

Andrea Barzagli has reiterated the strength of Italy’s “collective” ahead of their Euro 2012 final clash with Spain on Sunday.

The Azzurri will enter the match still flying high from their surprise 2-1 victory of Germany in their semi-final tie, and the Juventus man believes the strong bond within the squad will serve them well against the world and European champions.

Italy struggled ahead of the tournament, with their 3-0 defeat to Russia in their final warm-up game marking the first time the country lost three games in a row for 29 years, but Barzagli believes Cesare Prandelli’s side have what it takes to triumph if they play as a team.

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"Our advantage? The collective,” Barzagli told Sky Italia. “We hope we will come out [onto the pitch] to play the game against the champions, as we have already showed.

"Certainly, from the friendly with Russia, we have improved a lot."

However, despite the good will surrounding Italy, fellow finalists Spain are also riding on the crest of a wave following their triumph over Portugal on penalties in midweek, and Barzagli La Roja pose.

"Now there is an even tougher game [that awaits us]; against the champions of everything,” he continued.

"There is some tiredness, but we have played together for a month and we know what to do."