GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 13: In this handout image provided by UEFA, Xabi Alonso of Spain talks to the media during a UEFA EURO 2012 press conference at the Municipal Stadium on June 13, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)
Welcome to today's official open thread for discussing Group C action, as Italy takes on Croatia in the early match and the Republic of Ireland faces the herculean task of trying to knock off Spain later this afternoon.
I was surprised by how good Italy looked against Spain; and by how positive their approach was and the pace apparent in their side. I thought Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Cassano were all phenomenal against Spain on Sunday. Michael at Zonal Marking has been doing a typically excellent job looking at the tactical experimentation being done by Italian manager Cesare Prandelli and his 3-5-2 formation. The Italians will face a stubborn test in a dangerous Croatian side that knows a win will essentially take them into the quarterfinals.
Will there be a striker for Spain? That is the burning question in world football today. What will Vicente del Bosque do? And if he opts for a striker who will be preferred?
So please drop by and share your thoughts with us!