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.
Diamanti to face Spain?
Italy tested their line-up for tomorrow’s Spain match, which includes Emanuele Giaccherini, Alessandro Diamanti and Angelo Ogbonna.
Buffon: 'Balotelli is pure talent'
Gianluigi Buffon says Italy have “come here to amaze” and can rely on “pure talent” Mario Balotelli in tomorrow’s opener against Spain.
Prandelli to 'prove pessimists wrong'
Cesare Prandelli insists “pessimism motivates Italy” to do better and drops more tactical hints for tomorrow’s clash with Spain.
Trap wanted Euro 2004 investigation
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni reveals he’s “still waiting for the investigation” into Italy’s controversial Euro 2004 exit.
Xavi: 'Italy don't do catenaccio'
Xavi Hernandez laughed off those who still think Italy play “catenaccio. It’ll be an entertaining spectacle” against Spain tomorrow.
Spain legend: 'Pirlo better than Xavi'
Spanish legend Luisito Suarez believes “Andrea Pirlo is a more complete player than Xavi” Hernandez as Italy prepare to face the Iberians tomorrow.
Xabi Alonso admires Pirlo
Xabi Alonso believes Italy are “combative and competitive” when under pressure, revealing Spain have studied Andrea Pirlo and their tactics carefully.
Aragones: 'Spain must fear Italy'
Former Spain manager Luis Aragones warns “it will be difficult” against Italy in their Euro 2012 opener on Sunday.
Zoff: 'Italy are Euro 2012 favourites'
Former Italy Coach Dino Zoff believes the Azzurri “are among the top four favourites” at Euro 2012.
Barzagli stays in Italy squad
Andrea Barzagli will stay in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad after tests showed he might be able to recover for the Ireland game.
Criscito: 'I should be at Euro 2012'
Domenico Criscito is still furious he was dropped for Euro 2012 when he is in what he calls “the same situation” as Leonardo Bonucci.
Buffon: We’d give anything to win
Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his excitement that the European Championships are due to kick off today, and admits to a bit of nervous apprehension.
Valdes: We must stop Pirlo
Victor Valdes has reiterated Gerard Pique’s point that Spain’s best hopes of overcoming Italy on Sunday lie in stopping Andrea Pirlo.
Chiellini: We can beat Spain
Giorgio Chiellini believes that Italy have the capacity to beat world and European champions Spain on Sunday afternoon.
Pique warns of Italy strength
Spain centre-back Gerard Pique has warned his teammates that Italy remain a strong force ahead of their Euro 2012 clash on Sunday.
De Rossi: Centre-back? 99.9 per cent yes
Daniele De Rossi has admitted today that there is a very strong chance that he will end up playing Italy’s opening game of Euro 2012 in defence.
Balzaretti unsure of future
Italy left-back Federico Balzaretti has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Palermo for next season.
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