With Italy facing Uruguay in the always pointless, why-do-they-even-play-these, third place match, we take a look at the Azzurri's performance the past two weeks and what it means for the future of Prandelli's Azzurri remodel.
Italy and Spain square off in a rematch of the Euro 2012 final. This time around, the stakes are a place in the Confederations Cup Final against Brazil. Without Balotelli, can Italy muster up enough offense to break through Spain's midfield?
Although these two nations seldom meet, the key to this match is no secret: Andrea Pirlo. The Metronome is as crucial to the Italian attack as ever, a point plainly evident to Japan. Can Samurai Blue stop the Azzurri Ace?
Italy's 2013 Confederations Cup campaign kicks off today against Mexico. With little history between the two nations, two strong but erratic defenses, and some exciting attacking options, this could prove to be an end-to-end free for all.