Since everybody seems a bit shy about creating the thread I went ahead and did it lol Congratz now that we're in the freaking FINAL!!! Even though Italy is a huge football nation we were definitely the dark horses of this tournament compared to the other favorites, even I was skeptical because we don't exactly have the best players in every position on paper (except for a few of course e.g Pirlo) and our road up to this point wasn't the brightest, but boy did the Azzurri prove us wrong, they're showing the world what it means to PLAY AS A TEAM! So, it's against Spain Again, I used to respect them, but their God awful boring play style changed my mind, I would really really hate it to see us losing to them, most people agree that the winner of our semi final match deserves the whole thing. Most of us didn't witness an Azzurri Euro win ever considering it has been around 45 years since Italy's last and only win, this will be a very special, historic moment and truly a dream becoming true if Italy managed to pull it off, stars like Buffon deserve this trophy so they'd finally accomplish and win every single thing football has to offer! As for the match, we already played Spain before, here's what I think: - I think Prandelli would go with a 4-3-1-2 again with Montolivo behind the strikers, the chemistry has been great between all of those players. Spain floods the midfield though so maybe he will resort to 5 men there again to gain more possession? De Rossi has been ROCK SOLID in the midfield so I don't see him going back in a 3-5-2 system anytime soon, unless he plays Cheilleni/Bonucci/Barzagli in the back. - A very good difference between now and our first match is the fullbacks, Abate and Balzaretti have been doing A LOT better than Maggio/Giaccherini. The team overall has been doing better after every match. - Super Mario will have a lot more confidence in this match, we all saw what a Golden opportunity he lost in the first match, but he was new to the atmosphere/pressure and got used to it by now, the guy's hungry as hell! - I'm not aware of any injuries, unless Abate still won't make it for the final. - 2 days rest sure sucks, hope they can all suck it up for 1 more match and write history! FORZA AZZURRI!