Euro 2012: Italy's Keys for Rocking the Irish

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Euro 2012: Italy's Keys for Rocking the Irish
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After one thrilling draw and one lackluster draw, Italy need to bear down and put Ireland to bed early in their final Group C encounter.

The Italians looked strong in the first half against Croatia but failed to adapt when the Croatians changed up their style in the second half.

Unlike Spain, Croatia pressed the midfield and attacked hard down the flanks, which seemed to unsettle the Italian defense. This may present a problem because more than likely, Giovanni Trapattoni viewed the film and saw the weaknesses that were exposed.

Ireland shouldn’t be a problem for the Italians, as long as they correct a couple of things and play up to the potential that they haven’t quite shown yet at Euro 2012.

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