Prandelli 'touched' by letter from Italian president

The Azzurri coach revealed that he plans to use the politician's words to fire up his players ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 final clash with Spain in Kiev
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has admitted that he was "touched" by the sentiments expressed in a letter sent to his squad by the country's president, Giorgio Napolitano.

The Azzurri have defied the doubters and exceeded all expectations by reaching the final of Euro 2012, where they will play defending champions Spain on Sunday night, and Napolitano hailed the coach and his players for their determination, commitment and spirit.
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Prandelli has now revealed that he intends to use the president's letter to rally his troops ahead of kick-off in Kiev.

"He has found fabulous words and I can not wait to read it to the players," the former Fiorentina coach told reporters at his pre-match press conference

"I hope we can meet his expectations. I was very touched when I read the letter and I do feel that he is with us. He has already supported us throughout the tournament wonderfully well."

Italy's eagerly-awaited showdown with Spain is scheduled to get under way at 20:45CET.