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Italy and Brazil's midfield selections couldn't be more different.
Cesare Prandelli continues to opt for control around the halfway line, with Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi deployed in the centre. Riccardo Montolivo floats between the midfield and forward line, interlinking play effectively and saving Pirlo from having to expend too much energy.
Unfortunately for Italy, De Rossi is suspended and Pirlo will miss the game through injury. Montolivo must now take control of the centre, possibly alongside Alberto Aquilani, Antonio Candreva or Alessio Cerci.
Due to the relentlessly attacking nature of Brazil's full-backs, Luiz Felipe Scolari is forced to ensure one of his midfield players remains no further forward than the centre spot. Luis Gustavo typically slots in ahead of the defence while Paulinho energetically bursts up the field, but how will this fare against top-quality opposition?
The likes of Oscar and Hulk will certainly need to help out defensively. Both teams are used to enjoying the majority of possession, but Brazil cannot get away with the gaps they left against Japan and Mexico. Montolivo will be used as Italy's central pivot, meaning the distance between Paulinho and Gustavo needs to be tightened.