After finishing a Group A comprising Brazil, Japan and Mexico in second place, the Azzurri now turn their attentions to this evening’s Confederations Cup last four clash against Spain.
A tournament semi-final is always a highly anticipated affair for all involved but, on this occasion, Italy in particular will be relishing the prospect of a rematch as they look to avenge last year’s resounding 4-0 defeat suffered at the hands of the World Champions in the Euro 2012 final.
During the pre-match build-up, Cesare Prandelli dropped several hints regarding his potential starting line-up and is now widely tipped to name as many as seven Juventus players on the teamsheet.
Gianluigi Buffon is set to take position between the posts, defensive trio Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are favourites to make up the backline and Andrea Pirlo, Emanuele Giaccherini and Claudio Marchisio should also be handed starting roles. Meanwhile, Sebastian Giovinco will most likely begin on the bench and enter the action if and when required.
This evening’s game kicks off in Fortaleza at 4pm (9pm CET) and the winner will earn the right to contest Sunday’s grand final against tournament hosts Brazil at the Maracanã.