Soccer-Japan will have edge over Italy, says Prandelli (Reuters)

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 17 (Reuters) – Japan are favourites to beat Italy in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday because of their Italian manager and the fact they have had more rest, according to Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli. He believes Japan’s Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni’s familiarity with his compatriots might cause Italy problems. “Japan will have the slight edge, I think, because they have an extra day of rest,” said Prandelli. “Plus, Alberto knows us very well, he knows how we work. I expect him to prepare a trap for us. “From tonight, we will begin planning for the Japan game. …

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