Line-ups: Italy – Uruguay
As expected, Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile start up front for Italy against Uruguay in what should be a 3-5-2- formation.
‘Uruguay more than just Suarez’
Uruguay defender Diego Godin says it would be disrespectful to say his team are over-reliant on Luis Suarez.
Prandelli: We’ll fight for every ball
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli promises his team will fight for every ball and put up a battle against Uruguay this afternoon.
Mourinho calls for pragmatic Italy
Jose Mourinho believes Italy should take a pragmatic approach against Uruguay in today’s do or die World Cup clash.
Cabrini calls for positivity
Former Italy World Cup winner Antonio Cabrini has called for the Azzurri to show positivity against Uruguay today.
‘Italy’s intensity most important’
Roberto Mussi admits that Italy changing formation ‘is not a good sign’, and advises the Azzurri’s focus against Uruguay should be on intensity.
‘Facing Italy a gift from heaven’
Oscar Tabarez is motivated to face Italy this afternoon but warns that he and his Uruguay: “know what we have to do and how to do it.”
Mrs Immobile: Ciro is ready
Jessica Immobile says her husband Ciro is ready to face Uruguay and eager to show what he can do for Italy.
Maldini doubts Italy approach
Cesare Maldini casts doubt on Cesare Prandelli’s tactics for Uruguay: “I do not believe a three-man defence could stop Suarez and Cavani.”
Abete out if Italy fail?
Speculation is that Giancarlo Abete’s future as Italian Football Federation President depends on Italy’s World Cup progress.
Italy 3-5-2 against Suarez, Cavani
Cesare Prandelli is expected to field Italy in a 3-5-2 against Uruguay today, but there are slight variations on who may partner Mario Balotelli.
Zoff confident of progression
Italy goalkeeping icon Dino Zoff is confident the Azzurri will get the result they need against Uruguay tomorrow.
Prandelli: My biggest game
Cesare Prandelli says his Italy team’s World Cup match with Uruguay tomorrow is the biggest of his professional career.
Prandelli ‘would have taken situation’
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli insists he would have taken the Azzurri’s current World Cup situation when the draw was first made.
Prandelli praise for Immobile
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has today praised Ciro Immobile, saying the forward can become the complete player.
‘Cavani, Suarez two of the best’
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli believes Uruguay front pair Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez are one of the best partnerships in the World Cup.
Pirlo 'hasn't thought' about defeat
Andrea Pirlo has insisted he has not thought about Italy leaving the World Cup at the group stage.
Suarez: We can punish Italy
Luis Suarez believes that Italy are ‘tired’ and has insisted that Uruguay can take advantage of their fatigue tomorrow afternoon.
Lotito praises Lazio's WC stars
Lazio President Claudio Lotito has praised his players currently representing the club at the World Cup.
Italy finalise Uruguay preparations
Italy will this afternoon train at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, ahead of tomorrow’s make or break clash with Uruguay.
Recoba: The game of death
Alvaro Recoba admits Italy and Uruguay face ‘the worst game that could have happened to both’, as he advises on how closely to mark Andrea Pirlo.
Moggi blasts 'born loser' Hodgson
Luciano Moggi launched a scathing attack on Italy’s World Cup squad, noting they only beat “born losers” England.
Sinkhole and floods for Italy-Uruguay
Problems are growing in Natal ahead of Italy-Uruguay with a sinkhole and now a flooded media centre.
Baresi: 'Italy can progress'
Italy legend Franco Baresi trusts the Azzurri will qualify in the World Cup. “We give our best under pressure.”
Sinkhole opens near Natal stadium
There are concerns around Italy’s World Cup game with Uruguay, as a sinkhole opened up near the stadium in Natal.
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