Spain boss Vicente del Bosque is not expecting a repeat of their crushing 4-0 victory over Italy in the final four years ago when the two sides meet in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Monday.Spain destroyed the Italians in one of the most one-sided finals in the competition’s history at Euro 2012 to clinch their second consecutive European title and reaffirm their status as the world’s then dominant side.MUCH BETTER TEAM NOWDel Bosque, however, believes that encounter will offer few clues as to how Monday’s match in Paris will pan out.”I think that game was conditioned by a lot things, above all Italy were very tired,” the Spain coach told reporters on Sunday.”They were not the real Italy, the Italy they are now. I think they a lot better. They were really tired when they got to the final and we took advantage.”Spain’s victory in 2012 was a brutal demonstration of their destructive passing game at its finest.But a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then – not least Spain’s dismal performance at the 2014 World Cup where their group stage exit shredded their reputation as the sport’s untouchable force.Italy came into this year’s Euros with few tipping them for success.CAUTIOUS APPROACHYet with a squad full of ageing stalwarts and few stand-out talents, they have stuck to what they do best – building a team around a rigidly well-regimented defence.”They have a special way of playing and it’s very effective,” added Del Bosque. “We have to be careful about this, we have to be careful about their organisational style…advertisement”There are not great differences between the two teams, we will see on the pitch who is better.”Monday’s match will be the fourth time the teams have met in the last three European Championships and the sixth time in total, making it the tournament’s most played fixture.Spain hold the clear upper hand in their recent meetings, with Italy having not beaten them in a competitive match since the 1994 World Cup, when they won 2-1 in the quarter-finals, with Italy’s coach Antonio Conte starting the match.
Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to solve the $4 billion deficit has cuts, taxes, and a lower Permanent fund payment. He is also not without his critics. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Governor Bill Walker’s plan to solve the state’s 4 billion dollar budget deficit has it all- budget cuts, new taxes and lower Permanent Fund Dividend payments in the years ahead. But his approach has plenty of critics in the legislature. What do you think? Join host Lori Townsend for a discussion on the state budget on the next Talk of Alaska statewide.Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Alaska Governor Bill WalkerAlaska Lt. Governor Byron MallottStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.