By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on May 15, 2014
Italy is going to have a real shot at winning the World Cup this year, and part of the reason is because they have been there before. They also have some nice talent to go along with solid coaching, and it probably helps that they are used to the bright lights. Let us see if they have what it takes to take home the cup. Here are the five reasons why they might do it.
Mario Balotelli is a talented player, but we will have to see if he has what it takes to lead at such a young age. The Italians certainly have players who can pick up the slack, but it will be Balotelli's play that sets the tone. They do not need a player who just picks up penalty cards, but one who makes things happen on the pitch.
Uruguay, Costa Rica and England are good teams, but Italy should not have a problem getting out of this group. Honestly, the Italians should use Group play as a nice warmup for what is to come. England will probably have something to say about that, but David Beckham is not walking through that door.
Italy has won the Word Cup four times in the past, and even once while I was traveling abroad. It is a beautiful country dedicated to the sport, and they would be thrilled if they could take home a fifth cup. It will be tough to do in Brazil, but Italy is one of the squads equipped with the talent to make it happen.
Prandelli instills his team with quite a lot of confidence, and he is one of the main reasons that I see them getting out of Group Play without a scratch.As part of the final day of Group D, the matchup between Italy and Uruguay will be most key, and could be a qualification decider.
By this, I mean going into enemy territory and turning it into yours. This year's World Cup is in Brazil, but that does not mean the Italians cannot turn it into their own show. Hopefully, their fans will come out in force.
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