The New York born centre forward has claimed there will be no 'biscotto' between La Roja and Slaven Bilic's men, as the Spaniards 'do not have that mentality'
Villarreal and Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi has claimed that Spain will 'play to win' when they face Croatia on Monday evening, despite the fact that a draw will see them qualify for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Media outlets in the peninsula have been claiming there will be a 'biscotto' between La Roja and the Vatreni, meaning both sides will play for a mutually beneficial draw. But Rossi does not see that happening.
“I know that in Italy there is much talk of a biscotto,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “But I know the Spaniards: I live there, play in that championship and I know their mentality.
“I do not see the likes of Xavi [Hernandez], [Andres] Iniesta, [Cesc] Fabregas and [Fernando] Torres not playing to win. They take their image very seriously. And they love to play football more than anything else.
“They will do well against Croatia.”
The 25-year-old striker then went on to explain the treatment he is currently going through, following two knee cruciate ligament injuries that forced him to miss out on the tournament in Poland and Ukraine: “Of course it is tough. It's very hard, but these things happen in football, and the important thing is not to let it affect you.
“The only thing I can do is imagine the feeling the next time I put on the Italian shirt.
“I'm currently in New York having three hours of therapy, five days a week, with the same physio who worked with [David] Beckham when he arrived at Milan.”
The American-born centre forward then concluded the interview by analysing the Azzurri's campaign so far: “I watched the two games against Spain and Croatia, and what I saw was a beautiful Italy.
“It is a team that does not depend on any one player, but a team that plays good football as a whole.
“The important thing is to keep playing well. I trust Mario [Balotelli] and [Antonio] Di Natale if we continue to play; I trust all the players in [Cesare] Prandelli's squad.
“If we play like we have done against Ireland, then the goals will definitely come.”