Prandelli rules out negative Italy

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he has no plans to try and stifle Germany ahead of their Euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw (Germany 10/11, Italy 12/5, draw 7/2 – Match Betting).

The Germans are the 2/5 favourites to reach the final given the way they have progressed through the tournament, winning every game so far.

Joachim Low’s team topped the so-called ‘group of death’ ahead of the likes of Holland and Portugal before beating Greece 4-2 in the quarter-finals.

Low showed the strength in depth of his squad against the Greeks by rotating his front three players and will have to decide whether to recall the likes of Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller, or stick with those who did well on Friday.

With Germany one of the most free-scoring sides at Euro 2012 Italy might have their work cut out if they are to match the two cleans sheets they have kept in the last two matches.

The Azzurri (6/1 – Euro 2012 Outright) easily shut out England for long periods in their quarter-final encounter on Sunday but know Germany (7/4) will pose a very different challenge when the two meet in Poland.

Prandelli says he recognises the threat the three-time European Championships pose but has insisted he won’t be changing the style of his team to try and cancel out their opponents.

“We will not change what has brought us here,” said Prandelli.

“It would be a shame to waste the work of two years. We would be lacking maturity to play a different way.”

Prandelli went on to say he expects his team to play an expansive, high-tempo game as they look to improve on the four goals they have managed at Euro 2012.

“We have quality in midfield, a lot of flair, a lot of physical strength and technical ability in there,” he added.

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