Quite a bit has changed since Spain and Italy first faced off in Gdansk on June 10. I don't think this is any kind of secret. I mean, it's not like these games are being played behind closed doors and only the final score is being given to the general public.
There is, of course, Cesare Prandelli going back to the kind of formation (4-3-1-2-ish) he wanted to use before the Euros began. But more importantly for Italy's slickly-dressed boss, his team is playing on a completely different level — and in a good kind of way — than they were heading into the tournament, with the Azzurri coming off two extremely convincing wins over England and Germany. Lady Mo — aka momentum — is on Italy's side and there seems to be nothing the opposition has been able to do about it.
Now, it's Spain vs. Italy Part Deux for that oh-so-pretty Euro 2012 trophy . THIS REQUIRES CAPS LOCK.
There will be no lineups in this post today. BOO, WHAT A SLACKER I AM. Actually, I have a legit reason! I'm going out to watch this grand finale — and subsequently a Giants baseball game — in San Francisco with my dad. So, please, somebody post them when they come out. (Chuks, I'm looking at you, man.)