Verratti: 'Spain a step above'
Marco Verratti admits “Spain are a step ahead” after Italy lost the European Under-21 Championship Final.
Mangia: 'Italy only lacked experience'
Devis Mangia praised his Italy Under-21 side after their 4-2 Final defeat to Spain, noting “their only flaw was inexperience.”
U21: Spain beat Italy in Euro Final
Ciro Immobile and Fabio Borini weren’t enough, as Italy lost 4-2 to Spain and Thiago Alcantara’s hat-trick in the European Under-21 Championship Final.
Zac: 'Italy-Japan is special'
Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni can’t deny “it’s a special game” against Italy in the Confederations Cup tomorrow.
Abal ref for Italy-Japan
The referee for Italy’s Confederations Cup match with Japan is Argentinean Diego Abal, while Howard Webb officiates Brazil-Mexico.
U21 line-ups: Italy-Spain
Fabio Borini, Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne face Isco, David De Gea and Alvaro Morata in the European Under-21 Championship Final.
'Our strategy is to stop Pirlo'
Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has praised Andrea Pirlo ahead of their game against Italy on Wednesday.
Platini: Italy can do it
UEFA President Michel Platini believes that Italy U-21's have what it takes to beat their Spanish counterparts this evening.
U-21 option right step for Insigne
Lorenzo Insigne has no regrets about being picked for the European Under-21 Championship rather than the Confederations Cup.
Italy-Spain U-21 probable line-ups
Italy Under-21 boss Devis Mangia is set to field the same side that beat Holland in Tuesday’s European Championship Final against Spain.
Mangia: Italy hungry for glory
Devis Mangia admits his Italy Under-21 side will be underdogs in Tuesday’s European Championship Final against Spain, but his boys are targeting glory.
Sacchi impressed by Italian U-21s
Devis Mangia and many of the present Italian Under-21 side have a bright future ahead of them, says Arrigo Sacchi.
Chiellini demands win versus Japan
Giorgio Chiellini wants to secure Italy’s place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup before their last group game against Brazil.
De Rossi recalls Confederations collapse
Italy’s Daniele De Rossi is remaining cautious ahead of the game against Japan. “Remember what happened in the last Confederations Cup…”
Mexico boss explains loss to Italy
Mexico tactician Manuel De La Torre feels that a moment of magic from Mario Balotelli was the only reason for Italy’s 2-1 win.
Marchisio and Italy’s ‘lost’ goals
Claudio Marchisio doesn’t think the 2-1 win over Mexico was a fair reflection of the game. “Italy should have scored more...”
Montolivo hails Italy team effort
Italy silenced their critics with the 2-1 win over Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, says Riccardo Montolivo.
Giaccherini content with Italy form
Juventus’ Emanuele Giaccherini is happy with the way he played in Italy’s 2-1 win over Mexico on Sunday.
Buffon: 'A convincing start'
Gigi Buffon saw “a convincing start” to Italy’s Confederations Cup after they beat Mexico 2-1.
De Sciglio: 'Dream come true'
Mattia De Sciglio admits “it was a dream come true to play in the most famous stadium in the world,” the Maracanà.
'They call me Pirlinho!'
Andrea Pirlo netted on his 100th Italy appearance for a 2-1 victory over Mexico and won over the Maracanà. “They’re calling me Pirlinho!”
Balotelli: 'I didn't know!'
Mario Balotelli believes Italy have what it takes to reach the Confederations Cup Final, but pleaded ignorance at the booking.
Prandelli: 'Balo, stop showing muscles!'
Cesare Prandelli hailed Italy’s performance against Mexico, but warned Mario Balotelli “has to stop showing off his muscles.”
Pirlo and Balo beat Mexico
Andrea Pirlo’s sensational free kick on his 100th cap and a Mario Balotelli strike saw Italy beat Mexico 2-1 in the Confederations Cup.
The Azzurri have Mario Balotelli and a new system in their Confederations Cup opener against Javier Hernandez’s Mexico.
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