Serbian forward Milos Krasic is, in Italy full-back Domenico Criscito's opinion, the main threat to the Azzurri when the pair meet in Genoa on Tuesday.
Italy tackle the struggling Serbs in a UEFA Euro 2012 Group C clash at Genoa's Marassi stadium. While the Italians lead the group on seven points from three matches, Serbia are in trouble following Friday's 3-1 reverse at home to minnows Estonia. But even so, Criscito believes that with Juventus's Krasic in the team, Serbia cannot be taken lightly.
"Everyone knows about Krasic's quality, he's a great player, very quick and in form. He's a real danger. We'll definitely have to double up on him. Apart from anything else he managed to adapt quickly to our football and that's never easy, not everyone can do that."
"It's true they're coming off a defeat to Estonia but this will make them even more motivated and determined," said Criscito. "However, we won't be any less (motivated and determined). We want to win and we want the three points," he added.
The Italian defender is looking forward Tuesday's match. "For me it will be special in front of my fans and in the stadium that launched me and where I've played for five years," said the Genoa left-back.
Criscito also hit out at those who criticised the Italians for their failure to beat Northern Ireland on Friday.
"Those were unjustified criticisms. The only thing we lacked in Belfast was a goal," he said.
"We created chances but we weren't lucky. We hope to play as well against Serbia and have a bit more luck," said Criscito.