Xavi fears fired up Azzurri
Spain are not happy about facing Italy in their Euro 2012 opener, especially with the current scandal. “It’ll make them even more dangerous,” said Xavi.
Riva trusts Italy will shine
Italy legend Gigi Riva is “not worried” by the Azzurri’s disappointing run-in to Euro 2012. “We just aren’t good with friendlies.”
Gasp backs 3-5-2 Italy
Cesare Prandelli hinted he’d switch to a 3-5-2 system against Spain and Gian Piero Gasperini agrees “many of the Azzurri come from clubs with three-man defences.”
Croatia held by Norway
Italy’s Euro 2012 Group C opponents Croatia were pegged back in a disappointing 1-1 friendly draw with Norway.
Trap: 'Italy are hyper-critical, but...'
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni points out Italians “are hyper-critical, but in the end always get good results.”
Cosmi 'expected bad Italy'
Lecce Coach Serse Cosmi insists he “was expecting to see such a bad Italy performance” against Russia because of the betting scandal.
Prandelli: 'I'll change Italy defence'
Cesare Prandelli admits he was “surprised” by the extent of Italy’s defeat to Russia and will take action. “We’ll change the defence and start from scratch.”
President shows Italy support
Italy received a boost with news President Giorgio Napolitano will attend their Euro 2012 opener with Spain. “We thank him.”
Del Bosque 'worried about Pirlo'
Spain face Italy on June 10 and manager Vicente Del Bosque admits he is “worried about Andrea Pirlo.”
Italy squad take two days off
The Italy squad has left the Coverciano training ground and will not resume training until Monday, then leave for Poland on Tuesday.
Spalletti has faith in Azzurri
Zenit St Petersburg Coach confirms Domenico Criscito is “sad” at missing out on Euro 2012 amid the betting scandal, but has faith in the Italy side.
Trap: 'Don't underestimate Italy'
Giovanni Trapattoni tells the Irish players not to be swayed by Italy’s defeat to Russia. “Every team has ups and downs.”
Barzagli: 'Italy lack balance'
Andrea Barzagli admits Italy “lack balance and need to improve” after a dismal 3-0 demolition at the hands of Russia.
Marchisio: 'We'll learn from defeat'
Claudio Marchisio tried to look on the positive side of Italy’s 3-0 defeat to Russia. “We now know what we did well and what we need to improve.”
Buffon: 'I did nothing wrong'
Gigi Buffon gave an update on his injury, but above all hit back at reports trying to drag him into the betting scandal. “I’ve done nothing wrong.”
Maggio: 'That was a bad night'
Christian Maggio had a hand in two of Russia’s goals and holds his hands up. “That was a really bad night.”
Buffon 'strained shoulder'
Italy’s medical staff have confirmed Gianluigi Buffon has suffered a strained shoulder, “but it is nothing serious.”
Montolivo: 'We can learn from defeat'
Riccardo Montolivo admits “when you lose 3-0 more or less everything was missing,” but Italy can learn from their mistakes against Russia.
Albertini: 'We'll be ready'
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini is confident “Italy will be mentally and physically prepared for Euro 2012” despite a 3-0 defeat to Russia.
Prandelli: 'Good to lose badly'
Cesare Prandelli thinks “paradoxically it might be better to lose so badly” to Russia ahead of Euro 2012.
Russia run down Azzurri
Italy fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Russia in their Euro 2012 warm-up, which showed some big problems in defence and a Gigi Buffon injury.
Abete explains Criscito snub
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete insists Mimmo Criscito was dropped due to his “psychological” situation amid the betting scandal.
Italy’s only pre-Euro 2012 friendly test has Riccardo Montolivo supporting Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano against Russia.
Albertini: 'Italy will go to Euros'
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini insists Cesare Prandelli’s threat to pull Italy out of Euro 2012 was “just blowing off steam.”
Tardelli: 'Italy won't abandon Euros'
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli does not believe Cesare Prandelli’s threat to pull out of Euro 2012 amid the betting scandal.
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