Pirlo: Italy are like Juventus

Stefan Coerts
Pirlo: Italy are like Juventus

Andrea Pirlo believes that Italy is similar to Juventus and insisted that the Azzurri have the quality to challenge for top honours at Euro 2012.

The Bianconeri surprised everyone by winning the Serie A title in 2011-12, and Pirlo feels that the national team can achieve similar success at this summer's European Championship.

"Italy are mentally very strong. This team is a lot like Juventus. We have everything it takes to go far at Euro 2012, and I'm confident that we can be successful," Pirlo stated at a press conference.

"We are not one of the favourites to win the competition, but our objective is to go all the way. I am convinced that Italy can make it to the semifinals."

"We enjoy our football again, have plenty of quality and are hungry for success. Spain are the favourites, and Holland, Germany and France are great teams, too. We are Italy, though, and we want to reach at least the semifinals."

Italy is paired with Croatia, the Republic of Ireland and Spain at Euro 2012.

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