Euro 2012 Betting: Italy Worried About Defensive Issues

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli didn't like what he saw in tuneups for 2012.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says that he will have to consider major changes after seeing his side’s only pre-Euro 2012 friendly end in a 3-0 defeat to Russia.

The Azzurri were humbled in Zurich last Friday, leaving Prandelli to ponder a return to a three-man defence instead of a flat back four, despite the European Championship finals being just around the corner.

With a clash with defending champions Spain first on the agenda for the Italians on June 10 Prandelli admitted: “We’ll change the defence and start from scratch.

“You could see the fragility of the team when we went behind and I was surprised by the defence. I am forced to try something, even if I haven’t got much time, to give some security at the back.

“It’s true we only conceded two goals in qualifying, but that was eight months ago.”

Italy are listed at +260 at Bet365 to gain a draw against Spain in Gdansk and are -138 to progress to the knockout stages, while the Azzurri are +1400 to be crowned European champions.

Also facing Italy in Group C are Croatia and the Republic of Ireland, with the former having been held to a 1-1 draw by Norway in Oslo in their final warm-up fixture on Saturday.

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