(Original post by jam277)
I think italy don't have too much of a problem besides attack, pazzini hasn't been at his best(milito has been saving inter recently) there's always balotelli, I think their midfield is so underrated though, pirlo, marchisio, aquilani, giovinco, cassano(if he's fit), motta(dunno how he's doing at PSG atm), then you have the typical average joes(similar to england) with players like montolivo
Also chiellini, ranocchia, criscito and abate/maggio can make a good defence too. Is barzaghli italian as well?
My bet is on italy to get a huge slice of luck. Italy or france.
I think when you're a 'big' nation and attack is your problem then it can be detrimental. It's possible to get by with a weak-ish defence at international level but if you have an attack that is weak-ish/goal-shy...not so much. Some of the names Italy have on paper are impressive, but this is a question of the form of those players.They have Spain in their group who'll be difficult, Croatia and Ireland are well-organised sides who are more than capable of stifling them. Fortunately this time, unlike at the WC, they should have a fully fit Pirlo and other creative sparks.