Can scientific preparations give Italy advantage over England?

Italy's World Cup squad have been using state of the art technology in the hope of giving the Azzurri the edge over England.

Italy's first game at the World Cup is a crunch match against England in Manaus on June 14 and the Azzurri are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations.

Cesare Prandelli's squad have been working at the national training centre in Coverciano to prepare for their opener.

The weight of expectation isn't so high in Italy but many experts believe Prandelli's side will either exit at the group stage or go far.

Italian newspaper La Stampa reported on Italy's preparations with the headline 'Laboratory Italy' and detailed the team's use of technology and meticulous detail to be ready for England.

One of the toughest tests for Italy and England will be the hostile weather conditions in Manaus and the Italian squad have been training in a sauna-like climate that exactly simulates the game-time experience.

Italy have also been using an App that allows a team of sport scientists to analyse the players' every movement.

Each player has been tested under a variety of conditions and their physical fitness as well as their psychological state recorded.

When Italy reach Brazil they will be training on grass that has been cut to the exact length and texture of the field in Manaus.

La Stampa suggests that the attention to detail in Italy's preparations could be an important factor in their favour.

The mood in the Italian camp seems to be good with AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli especially in high spirits despite being racially abused by a group outside the Coverciano complex last week.

Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has stated that the atmosphere within the Italian camp is excellent and the Juventus star believes the team are especially focused yet relaxed. 

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