By FOX Sports Staff
Italy and Spain will face each other in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final as they fight for a spot to meet hosts Brazil in the final of the Confederations Cup.
The Azzurri lost their previous encounter against the Spaniards 4-0 but Prandelli believes that his side will put up a tough fight this time.
"I repeat what I told my players 20 minutes ago," Prandelli was quoted as saying on Football Italia.
"In my time in charge of Italy we have faced Spain three times. We won in a friendly in Bari, then drew in the Euro 2012 group phase and lost the Final in Kiev.
"We have the utmost respect for them, but we have the weapons to make life difficult for Spain. We need courage and character."
There has been rumours of Prandelli switching to a 3-5-2 formation in order to suit the team, but he refused to comment on it and instead promised to attack Spain from the start.
"We need to take our opponents into consideration. The fact that we are changing doesn't mean we are struggling, but just that we have some new ideas. There is no perfect system that gives you the certainty of beating Spain.
"We know they will keep possession, but we have to play the way we did in the second half against Brazil. That is how we will stay in the game.
"Spain play with strikers who do not give reference points and attack the space. We play in an attacking manner because we have quality players, not because we take inspiration from Spain."
Italy were dealt a blow with striker Mario Balotelli out injured, but Prandelli is still confident on his side's quality.
"Gilardino will play in Balotelli's place. He is a reliable player and he knows how to score goals. It's a shame Mario is out, as he really wanted to be there.
"We may lose out in terms of individual quality, but we can improve in terms of overall quality of football.
"We need positive thinking and that is one of the reasons why my team has a soul. Against Brazil, even 3-1 down in a stadium full of yellow shirts, we were able to scare the Seleçao."