Euro 2012 Final Preview: Spain-Italy
Tonight Italy and Spain go head-to-head for the Euro 2012 trophy in Kiev, though some question marks remain over the line-ups.
Balotelli: 'Incredible to win Euros'
Mario Balotelli said it would be “incredible to win the Final with my goal, but if we win and I don’t score then it’ll be just as incredible.”
Chiellini: 'Spain are only human'
Giorgio Chiellini is confident Spain “are only human and we can beat them” in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 Final.
Casillas: 'Spain-Italy equals'
Iker Casillas insists Spain are “not the favourites” for the Euro 2012 Final, as they are “equals” with Italy.
Xavi: 'Italy have changed'
Xavi Hernandez says “Italy have changed” both in recent years and since the opening group game with Spain.
Del Bosque: 'Italy worthy rivals'
Vicente Del Bosque insists Spain and Italy have had “parallel tournaments, so there is not a big difference between the teams.”
Buffon: 'Same emotions as 2006'
Gianluigi Buffon admits he feels “the same emotions and belief” as before Italy’s 2006 World Cup Final, but notes Spain have shown “superiority” over recent years.
Prandelli: 'No 3-5-2 for Spain'
Cesare Prandelli has declared he’s “not even considered” going back to the 3-5-2 system against Spain in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 Final.
Mazzarri: 'Prandelli's triumph'
Walter Mazzarri says Italy reaching the Euro 2012 Final is “a victory for Cesare Prandelli” and admits he’d like to work with Giorgio Chiellini again.
Montolivo: 'I can't wait!'
Riccardo Montolivo prepares for the Euro 2012 Final against Spain by stating he “can’t wait to belt out the anthem with millions of Italians.”
Casillas 'not surprised' by Italy
Iker Casillas is “not surprised” by Italy’s success and notes former Real Madrid teammate Antonio Cassano has matured.
Iniesta battles Pirlo for MVP
Andres Iniesta is the top challenger to Andrea Pirlo to be named MVP of Euro 2012, but insists he “never thought about playing for personal credit.”
Zoff: 'Enthusiasm can win Final'
Dino Zoff believes “enthusiasm can make the difference” in the Euro 2012 Final between Italy and Spain.
Sammer: 'Italy deserve victory'
German legend Mathias Sammer has praised Italy as the team of Euro 2012. “Their superiority has been crushing and they deserve to win the Final.”
Balotelli's Mamma: 'He cried'
Mario Balotelli’s mother Silvia reveals he “cried” after the Germany semi-final and she rang Cesare Prandelli to thank him for putting her son on the right path.
Ramos: 'Pirlo is unique'
Sergio Ramos hailed “unique” Andrea Pirlo, but trusts Spain can make history in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 Final.
Mancini: 'Euros change Balotelli'
Roberto Mancini told Italian television that Euro 2012 can change Mario Balotelli and Manchester City had been ready to give up. “He even celebrated!”
Buffon: 'Avanti Italia!'
Gianluigi Buffon sent another passionate message to fans ahead of the Euro 2012 Final. “It is better to suffer so we can rejoice than kid ourselves and die. Avanti Italia!”
‘Cassano OK for the final’
Antonio Cassano has been given a clean bill of health for Italy ahead of the Euro 2012 final with Spain this Sunday.
Team Italy impress Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas insists that his Spanish side will have total respect for opponents Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2012 Final.
Prandelli proud of his Italy
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has looked forward to Sunday’s Euro 2012 Final against Spain – as well as discussing his own future.
Merkel hails artistic Pirlo
German youngster Alexander Merkel has hailed the ability of Italian international Andrea Pirlo. “He is football.”
Italy qualify for Confederations Cup
Win or lose on Sunday in the Euro 2012 Final – Italy have qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup next summer.
No Italy regrets for Del Bosque
Spain have no regrets about ‘helping’ Italy out of Group C ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2012 Final between the two nations.
Proenca will ref Italy-Spain
Sunday’s European Championship Final between Italy and Spain will be refereed by Pedro Proenca, UEFA have confirmed.
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