Xavi is confident “Italy will reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals along with Spain, as our mentality doesn’t let us play for a draw.”
Mario Balotelli picked up a knee injury in training today and could well miss Italy’s last Group C game with Ireland.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli reveals the Della Valle brothers were the reason he left Fiorentina. “I asked for two Italian players and they bought five foreign ones.”
The Croatian Football Federation condemned “deviant behaviour” from “hooligans” against Italy that prompted UEFA to begin disciplinary proceedings.
Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli insists they will play “for pride” and not make it easy for Italy in the last Group C game.
Andrea Barzagli is ready to make his Euro 2012 debut against Ireland and criticised the media for focusing on a potential 2-2 draw between Spain and Croatia.
Claudio Marchisio supports Italy’s 3-5-2 system, warns Mario Balotelli “his opportunities could run out” and believes Spain won’t stitch up the Azzurri.
UEFA have confirmed they will take disciplinary action against Croatia after racist chanting and a banana thrown on to the pitch in their game with Italy.
The Italian media is dominated by comparisons with Euro 2004, but Thomas Helveg insists that Denmark-Sweden “was a fair game.”
Croatia’s Coach Slaven Bilic and players insist it is an “insult” to think they’ll draw with Spain to knock Italy out, while mocking the betting scandal too.
Giovanni Trapattoni warns he will not make too many changes for the Republic of Ireland’s last game, as otherwise “people will say I’m favouring Italy.”
Cesare Prandelli confirmed he’ll consider three or four changes against Ireland, so the Italian media consider the options.
UEFA are set to investigate a report that a banana was thrown on to the pitch during Italy’s draw with Croatia in Poznan this Thursday.
Italian Football Federation President Giancarlo Abete has dismissed fears of Spain and Croatia doing a deal to eliminate Italy from Euro 2012.
Former Italian Under-21 boss Gigi Casiraghi is confident that the Azzurri can qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he could make up to four changes to the team that will face the Republic of Ireland – but Daniele De Rossi will remain in a three-man defence.
Italy captain Gigi Buffon is confident Spain won’t be looking for a 2-2 draw against Croatia which could eliminate the Azzurri from Euro 2012.
Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque says drawing 2-2 with Croatia on Monday in order to eliminate Italy is not in their plans.
Leonardo Bonucci has refused to blame Italy teammate Giorgio Chiellini for Croatia’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
Italy made just one error in the game against Croatia and they paid the price for it, says Riccardo Montolivo.
Zvonimir Boban believes that Cesare Prandelli made a mistake in taking Mario Balotelli off in the 1-1 draw between Italy and Croatia.
Italian legend Dino Zoff thinks the Azzurri did enough in the first 45 minutes of their 1-1 draw with Croatia to win the game.
It all goes down to the final matches in Group C, as Italy have to beat Ireland and hope for goal difference to go their way in Spain-Croatia.
Slaven Bilic reveals the tactical adjustments that enabled Croatia to be “dominant” in the second half against Italy and claimed the referee “favoured” the Azzurri.
Cesare Prandelli insists Italy may change a few players against Ireland, “but certainly not the system,” as qualification hangs in the balance.