Sergio Ramos reaches for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D match between Spain and Turkey in Nice, France
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Italy, relying on a bunch of veterans with no real top name in their squad apart from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, had been written off by many and left for the tournament in an atmosphere of doom and gloom.Giorgi Chiellini, the leader of an Italian defense widely regarded as the best in the competition, echoed a general feeling by saying he would have preferred the two sides to meet later in the tournament.While Conte has kept tinkering with his squad in the group stage, Spanish counterpart Vicente Del Bosque has faced criticism for using the same lineup in all three games.Spain, chasing an unprecedented third successive European Championship title and looking forward to facing Germany or Slovakia in the next round, have the upper hand in recent history, having not lost a competitive match against Italy since the 1994 World Cup.
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