“Italy will be coming to the Millennium Stadium hoping to catch us thinking about the game against France the following week. It's a challenge for us to take things one step at a time”
Warren Gatland Wales coach
Gatland may acknowledge that Wales had previously struggled with the favourites tag but he has faith in a young side with has a sprinkling of experienced campaigners.
"It's just the transition of a team with a lot of youngsters without too much baggage," said Gatland.
"They have an attitude of just go out and play. We put pressure on ourselves to perform and the guys have fronted up really well."
Both of Wales' Six Nations Grand Slams - in 2005 under Mike Ruddock and 2008 - were completed in Cardiff so all the odds favour Wales backing up their status as World Cup semi-finalists by being crowned European champions.
And centre Jonathan Davies insists the competition for places are driving Wales to another clean sweep.
"The squad is pretty grounded," said the Scarlets star.
"We all know there is a lot of expectation on us, but I think we can handle that.
"The competition within the squad is fierce at the moment, and it is making training that much more intense. We are working at such a high level now in training."
Wales are overwhelming favourites to defeat Italy but Gatland is pleading for the Welsh public to be patient against their "dangerous" visitors.
"It's about us keeping our patience," said the coach.
"They will come with a lot of pride and physicality and they would have been heavily criticised for their last performance against Ireland, so that makes them even more dangerous.
"I presume Italy will be coming to the Millennium Stadium hoping to catch us thinking about the game against France the following week.
"It's a challenge for us to take things one step at a time and don't think too far ahead."
Dry and mild for most of the Six Nations Rugby this weekend. BBC Weather's Laura Tobin has the forecast.
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