Lisbon: Italy looking to win their first European championship title since 1968 are up against Denmark in a Group C game today. Sixty-five-year-old Giovanni Trappatoni, Italy's coach says Denmark are tricky an opposition because they're a Nordic team that also knows how to play the Latin style. However Italy now playing a more attacking formation of 4-2-3-1 are believed to be the favourites, something that even Denmark have had to acknowledge. "Of course, normally Italy are the favourites, no doubt about that. It's not a question, Italy has some decisive players who can, on the day, if they have the form, if they get the possibility from our side, then they are world class. They can be some of the best players in this tournament," said Morten Olsen, Denmark coach. Denmark, the 1992 European champions reached the second round at the World Cup, but in Euro 2000, they didn't score a single goal in three games. However they do have world-class players in goalkeeper Thomas Sorenson and AC Milan's Jon Dahl Tomasson. Chelsea's Jesper Gronkjaer however is on compassionate leave following the death of his mother. Italy meanwhile are hoping to go one better than Euro 2000 where they were the finalists. The 1968 champions are unbeaten in their last five competitive games. Though they have plenty of world-class stars like Alessandro Del Piero and goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon their success at this tournament will depend on playmaker Francesco Totti.
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