World Cup 14
Albertini sees Italy and Spain
Italian Football Federation Vice-President Demetrio Albertini believes that Spain and the Azzurri are still favourites to progress from Euro 2012 Group C.
Giaccherini content with debut
Emanuele Giaccherini is satisfied after making his international debut in Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.
Spaniards blame 'shameful' turf
Spanish players and Coach Vicente del Bosque blamed the “dry pitch” in Gdansk for their draw with Italy. “It’s shameful we should have to play on this surface.”
Prandelli: 'Balo should've passed it'
Cesare Prandelli admits Mario Balotelli “should’ve passed it” in a great chance against Spain, but insists the substitution was “not punishment.”
Xavi: 'Spain deserved victory'
Xavi Hernandez feels Spain “deserved the victory” after their hard-fought 1-1 draw with Italy and complained about the pitch.
Torres praises Buffon
Fernando Torres praised Gianluigi Buffon and insisted he was not disappointed at being on the bench for Spain-Italy.
Del Bosque: 'Spain happy with point'
Vicente del Bosque concedes it was “a difficult match” against the Azzurri and Spain were content to grab a point.
Casillas: 'Draw was fair'
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admits the draw was “the right result, as both sides never gave up and attacked to the end.”
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Pirlo: 'Defeat did us good'
Andrea Pirlo believes Italy’s friendly defeat to Russia “did us good” to prepare them for the 1-1 draw with Spain.
De Rossi: 'Defender to play the ball'
Daniele De Rossi explains why Cesare Prandelli picked him as a centre-back against Spain. “We wanted to play the ball.”
Prandelli: 'This is the real Italy'
Cesare Prandelli pointed out the Azzurri came out to attack Spain in their 1-1 draw. “This is the real Italy.”
Di Natale: 'Revenge for 2008'
Antonio Di Natale admits he “still remembers” the penalty he missed against Spain in Euro 2008, so this was a special goal for him.
Di Natale earns Spain draw
Antonio Di Natale scored with his first touch as an impressive Italy performance held Spain to a 1-1 draw in the Group C opener.
Italy have chosen Emanuele Giaccherini, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli in a 3-5-2 system, but Spain opt for a no-striker system by dropping Fernando Torres.
Thiago Motta's Busquets reunion
Thiago Motta is looking forward to challenging Spain’s Sergio Busquets again today. “Nobody is unbeatable and we’re convinced Italy can win.”
Prandelli: 'Italy ready for Spain'
Cesare Prandelli confirmed Emanuele Giaccherini will start against Spain today. “We will be ready and eager to prove ourselves against the best.”
Probable line-ups: Spain-Italy
There are still some doubts as to how Italy will line up against Spain today, though Daniele De Rossi is bound for a centre-back role.
Rossi: 'Azzurri, like in 1982...'
The “lack of credibility” around the Italy squad could prove helpful, claims 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi.
Miha doubts De Rossi in defence
Serbia manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is confident “Italy can do well in Euro 2012,” though questions Daniele De Rossi’s new role in central defence.
Casillas: 'Italy make Spain nervous'
Iker Casillas admits Spain are “nervous at facing prestigious players like Daniele De Rossi and Gianluigi Buffon” today.
Iniesta focused only on Italy
Andres Iniesta has warned Spain to keep focused on tomorrow’s match with Italy. “We aren’t thinking about anything other than this game.”
Giaccherini angles for Italy spot
Emanuele Giaccherini isn’t sure if he’ll start against Spain, but “can guarantee speed, counter-attacks and dynamism.”
Del Bosque: 'Spain ready for Italy'
Vicente del Bosque is worried about Italy and urges Spain not to lose the opener tomorrow. “We are ready for every possible situation.”
Busquets: 'No Italy distraction'
Sergio Busquets warns Spain “cannot afford to get distracted” when they face Italy in the Group C opener on Sunday.
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