Remove the pre-match verbal nonsense
This week we have had various words of wisdom from players and management informing us just how great the Italians really are, how they are no longer a soft touch (how revealing is that?), and how they have expanded their game (run that by me again?).
It is one thing not demeaning the opposition, but showing them respect and ignoring reality are two very different things.
Ronan Keating probably got it right when he sang, "you say it best when you say nothing at all".