Sergio Ramos: 'Italy will not surprise us in Confederations Cup'

Sergio Ramos: 'Italy will not surprise us'
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Spain defender Sergio Ramos believes that Italy will hold few surprises when they play in the Confederations Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Spain defender Sergio Ramos has claimed that Italy will not have any surprises in store when they meet in the Confederations Cup semi-final on Thursday.

La Roja met the Azzurri in the final of the European Championships last summer with the former winning 4-0, and the Real Madrid centre-back feels that the Italians will approach Thursday's game in largely the same manner.

"I think Italy will have the same philosophy as a year ago," Ramos told reporters.

"We do not expect any surprises. We know perfectly well how Italy play and we know that a very complicated game awaits us.

"[Italy] have a mixture of young players and veterans who will make life more difficult for us than in the Euro 2012 Final. We cannot relax."

Spain won all three of their group games en route to the semis, while Italy overcame Mexico and Japan before they were beaten 4-2 by Brazil on Saturday.

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