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Hamann backs Italy for Euro crown

  • 01 July 2012 05:23
  • Posted by Mark Booth

Ex-Blue Dietmar Hamann has tipped Italy to repeat their incredible performance against Germany in the Euro 2012 final.

The former Blues midfielder believes it will be Mario Balotelli celebrating on Sunday night - if Italy can replicate the form that took them past Germany in the semi-final.

"If Italy play anywhere near that level, they will win," said the German who won 59 caps for his country.

"It was the best performance from a national team I can remember in a long, long time,"

"The way they played as a team, the defence, midfield, the pace up front, if they can find that level again against Spain, I can only see them lifting the trophy."

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Hamann was speaking to mcfc.co.uk at the Canon Lion City Cup gala dinner in Singapore, where City u15s are preparing for the third/fourth place play-off against Vasco da Gama. The Blues were defeated in the semi-final by Ajax and Didi had some consoling words for the youngsters.

Hamann made 54 appearances for City between 2006 and 2009 and revealed just how pleased he is with his former team's recent successes.

"It was probably a bit fortunate that they won the title with two late goals but City deserved it - they were the best team over the course of the season,"

"I think Mancini has done a fantastic job to gel a lot of big players together in such a short space of time,

"Obviously, I'm pleased to see them win it and I don't think we will ever see such a dramatic finale to a title race ever again."


"It's great for the fans after suffering for 30 or 40 years, they deserve it, they supported the club even in the lower leagues."


"Obviously the club has changed a lot since I left it but it's exciting times for Manchester City and I expect them to do better in the Champions League next season - they will be a force to be reckoned with for the next few years."


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The 38-year old doesn't believe that a radical overhaul of the squad is required for City to have another successful campaign next season.

"You have to wait and see what the other teams do but I don't think City needs a lot of players - they have a fantastic squad and so long as they don't lose anyone they will be strong.

"Maybe it would be good to bring in one or two players just to keep it fresh and to keep the squad on its toes, competition is what it's all about.

"They are the team to beat next season."

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Germany's conquerers Italy will take on Spain in the final of Euro 2012 at 19:45 tonight. You can follow the match as part of our #Eurowatch coverage on Twitter and catch and full a Balotelli and Silva-centric report on the site shortly after full-time.

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