Italy vs. Brazil: Key Battles to Watch in International Friendly

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Italy vs. Brazil: Key Battles to Watch in International Friendly
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Brazil take on Italy in Geneva on Thursday with plenty to prove after a humbling defeat to England in Luiz Felipe Scolari's first match since returning as manager last month.

Playing the Euro 2012 finalists will mean the competition doesn't get any easier for the 2002 World Cup-winning coach. And, with a series of recently injured players, he may have to do so without his ideal lineup.

Brazil don't have time for excuses, though. The Confederations Cup and World Cup are both fast approaching and failure will simply not be accepted on home soil.

The match will be a good test for some of Italy's younger players ahead of future challenges and another step on the road towards next year's tournament in Brazil.

With that in mind, there will be some interesting battles on show as individual players compete for their long-term spaces on the national team.

For Brazil's side in particular, every game could affect their international future. Let's take a look at some of the areas where the game will be won and lost.

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