Now, the team has been axed to 25 players. Based on these players, place your best formation and the starting XI against Spain. Mine is: 5-3-2 Buffon Barzagli Bonnuci Chiellini Abate Balzaretti / Maggio Pirlo De Rossi Marchisio / Nocerino Balotelli Cassano Maybe my formation or selection is a bit crazy. Yet, I believe we need defensive players to stop Spain's possession and we need to be careful of Spain's midfield. Spain's midfield is more deadly than their forward, so we have 3 centre back to stomp any forward or midfield to get close the box. And the wings, we have Abate and Balzaretti / Maggio. With 3 center backs, the full back can be more offensive at times as they will be covered by De Rossi and Marchisio / Nocerino, when the full backs are attacking. Pirlo will be controlling the tempo of the game and set deadly passes to Balotelli or Cassano or even to the full back if they can breakthrough Spain's defence. This formation is more suitable for counter-attack.