Spain to play waiting game

Spain striker Alvaro Negredo believes patience will be the key to victory over Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2012 final (Spain 6/5, Italy 13/5, draw 11/5 – Match Prices).

The defending champions will head into the clash looking to make it three successive victories in major finals, having added the 2010 World Cup trophy to their success at Euro 2008.

It was thought that Germany would line up opposite Vicente del Bosque’s men this weekend but the Azzurri’s success over the Germans means that Cesare Prandelli’s charges will do battle with La Roja in Kiev.

Italy have traditionally played a defensive, tactical style of football, with 1-0 victories commonplace, but the current coach has tried to add a bit of attacking flair to the side and they reaped the rewards against Germany.

And while Negredo recognises that there is more attacking ambition in the Italy squad this time around, the Sevilla hit-man is still expecting a physical battle in the Ukraine capital (0-0 draw – 11/2).

“Italy are a more attacking team than in the past, and they like to move the ball around a bit,” he said. “But they continue to play in a tough and robust manner.

“Playing against them can be a little exasperating, because they don’t leave you any gaps. We’ll have to be very patient,” he added.

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