Lippi provides Euro 2012 final paradox

The former World Cup winning coach sees the Azzuri as having a 50% chance of winning, yet insists Spain are favourites ahead of the two sides' showdown in Kiev
Marcello Lippi has given his thoughts on Sunday’s Euro 2012 final between Italy and Spain, albeit in a mathematically impossible fashion.

The coach who led the Azzurri to World Cup glory in 2006, believes Italy to have a 50% chance of winning, yet still views Spain as the favourites to lift the Henri Delauney trophy in Kiev tonight.

In an interview with La Repubblica, Lippi said: “Many people have asked me if Spain are still considered the favourites despite the fact we drew 1-1 in the group phase.
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“I must reply with a paradox: Italy have a 50 per cent chance of winning, yet Spain are still the favourites."

The 64 year old has been impressed with Cesare Prandelli’s side throughout the tournament and believes the Azzurri have shown consistent improvement.

“Our squad is growing and the performances show continual improvement throughout the competition,” he continued.

“It is going to be a difficult match, but we are able to fight and bring home the European Championship trophy.”

Lippi has recently signed a contract to become the new manager of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande but despite the time difference, admits he has become nocturnal in order to view the Italy matches.

"We are still happy to make this sacrifice and stay up all night to watch an Italy side that fully deserved to reach the final," he insisted.

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