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Monday September 17 2012
Mangia wary of Swedes

Italy Under-21 boss Devis Mangia admits the team's play-off with Sweden to reach the 2013 European Championship will be tricky.

The former Palermo Coach has conceded he does not know who he will pick ahead of the play-off, but believes his side will do everything in their power to reach the finals in Israel.

“It is hard to give an opinion on our opponents,” Mangia told calcissimo.com.

“It depends on the physical condition of the players as to who starts. I can only say that they won their group and that almost all the players play in the top division in Sweden.

“That is a luxury we do not have. The only thing I know is that we will have 20 legs on the pitch. I just want us to play as much football as possible.”

Mangia's side suffering a crushing 4-2 defeat to nine man Republic of Ireland in their final group game.

The first and second legs of the tie against the Swedes will be played on October 12 and 16.

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