Cesare Prandelli might be playing mind games with Vicente del Bosque, or he might think that attempts at deception aren't even worth his time. Asked whether he's considering a move back to the 3-5-2 formation that he used against Spain when the teams met to open their Euro 2012 campaigns, Prandelli said it hasn't even been a consideration.
"In all honesty, no, I haven't considered it. We maintained a certain balance over the last few games, although we understood that during the match we can switch to a 3-5-2 if we want to. The team that opened the tournament had a different approach, but over time we found fitness and the balance we had been looking for, so rediscovered the certainty we had lost before the competition."
Depending on the personnel that Prandelli fields, he could have the option to start the game with a back four and shift to a 3-5-2 formation mid-match without making any substitutions. If Giorgio Chiellini starts at left central defense while two true fullbacks start the game, Prandelli could shift Daniele De Rossi back to defense while pushing the fullbacks up the pitch to make that adjustment in an instant.
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