Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has revealed his admiration for Spain's style of play during Euro 2012 and dismissed the opinion of critics who have claimed La Roja is boring.
The Azzurri is set to meet Vicente del Bosque's men in the Euro 2012 final on Sunday, but the Spaniards come into the game amidst accusations of lacking penetration during their route to the showpiece.
However, the Italian boss has dismissed the suggestions completely and spoke of other teams' fear of the world and European champions.
"Boring Spain?" He said to reporters. "In fact the other teams are afraid and play defensively against them, but they manage to win in the end anyway, so that hasn't really worked either.
"They are not boring at all."
The debate on the best way to try and counter Spain's 'tika-taka' style remains, but the 54-year-old believes ball retention will be vital to his side's success.
"Our main task tactically will be to recover the ball as soon as possible," he continued.
"Where will we recover the ball it would depend on how Spain play, but our main focus will be closing the spaces to prevent them from playing their game, especially in the middle of the pitch."
At the center of the Spanish style debate has been its use of Cesc Fabregas as a 'false nine' in a 4-6-0 formation, a ploy they have utilized on several occasions.
Prandelli thinks his opposite number will continue to use the same system and added that playing without an out-and-out forward allows the Spaniards to attack through various other avenues.
"I expect the same Spain, the one that suffocates their rivals, it's a team that doesn't receive goals," he added.
"Even if they play without strikers, they attack you from very deep positions, they are very modern and I like the way they play.
"We will try to adapt to the way they play, whether if they use a number 9 or not."
As for his own tactics, the former Juventus boss is not considering starting a five-man defense but may switch systems during the match should he see it necessary.
He said: "These last few matches we have been able to maintain a balance, so I'm not thinking on changing to a five-back line, it might happen during the match but we won't play that way from the beginning."