Brilliant Spain playmaker Xavi has dismissed the allegation Spain have become a boring team.
Their tiki-taka style thrilled supporters at the last European Championships, also at the World Cup in South Africa.
Now it has taken them to the brink of history as the only side to win three major international tournaments on the trot.
Yet it seems tiki-taka is no longer what it once was.
Starting XIs - Spain vs Italy
Spain: Iker Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Cesc Fabregas.
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi, Riccardo Montolivo, Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli.
With David Villa ruled out through injury and Fernando Torres not back to the level that once had opposition defences quaking, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has taken the novel approach of selecting teams with no orthodox forwards.
As four of the eight goals they have scored in Poland and Ukraine came against the Republic of Ireland, there is evidence to back up the boring tag.
However, Xavi is not buying it.
"We are not bored," he said. "All our players know how to adapt and how we play.
"It is important that our fans can identify with our style. They enjoy it and we enjoy it.
"If people think it is boring that Spain always win, that is fantastic for us."
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli revealed his satisfaction at seeing his side reach the final of Euro 2012, but he doesn't want them to stop there.
The Azzurri have confounded most observers with their run to the summit clash in Ukraine - given that the likes of Netherlands and Germany, along with Spain, were expected to hog the limelight.
Spurred on by the heroics of Andrea Pirlo, who's having the tournament of his life and the explosive performances of Mario Balotelli however, the Azzurri stand on the cusp of yet another international triumph.
"I am very proud, because game after game these guys have always looked to play good football, and for a manager that is the main objective. We have managed to give this team a way of playing good football. We have trained hard and with a quality midfield we've improved game after game," Prandelli told UEFA.com.
If Italy do win the championship, they would have done so with flair, panache and an attacking philosophy rarely associated with them. However, Prandelli refused to admit that he had brought about a sea-change in the way the national outfit plays. Instead, he chose to focus on the players at his disposal.
"I don't think I have revolutionised the team," he said.
"I analysed the characteristics of the players that were available to me, I made some choices, and I am convinced that we have quality players. If you have these kind of players I think you must try to play good football, even though sometimes it's difficult to achieve it because it's demanding. We have great quality players and we have the opportunity to build our play from the goalkeeper."