Why Italy's Tactics Make Them a Sleeper to Win Euro 2012

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Why Italy's Tactics Make Them a Sleeper to Win Euro 2012
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As the Guardian states, 15 of the Euro's 16 teams use a four-man back line. Just one, the Italians, deploy three.

The courage of Cesare Prandelli's defensive scheme cannot be overstated.

To give you an idea, when Wigan's Roberto Martinez first attempted the same formation this season against Chelsea, his Latics were trounced 8-0.

Thus, to roll out an unconventional, new-look strategy against the defending World and European Champions shows a bit of panache, to say the least.

The risk is paying off thus far. It caught the vaunted Spanish completely off guard.

The Nerazzurri have always had their own trademark style of play. But this is something different. It is an approach that places them at the forefront of football thinking.

And you know what? It might just win them the tournament.

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