AZZURRI

The Azzurri have Mario Balotelli and a new system in their Confederations Cup opener against Javier Hernandez’s Mexico.
Cesare Prandelli revealed Andrea Pirlo was asked to skip the Confederations Cup, while Stephan El Shaarawy is “frazzled” ahead of Mexico.
New Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez sent a message of praise for Azzurrini hero Lorenzo Insigne. “You are playing at another level.”
Italy Under-21 international captain Luca Caldirola says they will “fight for this dream” in the Final against Spain.
Italy are in the European Under-21 Championship Final, but FIGC director Demetrio Albertini hopes “these lads can have more space in Serie A.”
Italy will face Spain in the European Under-21 Championship Final and Coach Devis Mangia notes “we only need to take one last step.”
Italy beat Holland 1-0 in the Under-21 European semi-final, but manager Cor Pot insisted “we were the much better team.”
Manolo Gabbiadini feels Italy’s work ethic and “humility” can beat Spain in the European Under-21 Championship Final.
Giulio Donati admits Italy “knew we’d be under pressure” against Holland, but earned their Final spot with Spain.
Italy begin their Confederations Cup tonight against Mexico and veteran Gerardo Torrado warns El Tri have “got rid of that inferiority complex.”
Andrea Pirlo hopes to “celebrate my 100th cap in style at the Maracanà” against Mexico and names his Italy heirs.
Cesare Prandelli hinted at a change of tactics against Mexico and assured “there’s a good chance Mario Balotelli will play.”
Fabio Borini says Italy Under-21 Coach Devis Mangia “was right to wait for me” after scoring the semi-final winner over Holland.
Italy Under-21 Coach Devis Mangia praised their spirit after beating Holland and warned “we will play our game against Spain.”
Holland hit the woodwork, but Fabio Borini scored the winner as Italy will face Spain in the European Under-21 Championship Final.
Mexico manager Jose Manuel De La Torre is confident about facing Italy on Sunday. “We know how to beat the big teams.”
Adriano met with the Azzurri today, hopes for an Italy-Brazil Final and feels “Mario Balotelli will match Leo Messi.”
Italy take on Holland in the Under-21 European Championship semi-final this evening with Lorenzo Insigne and Fabio Borini in the starting XI.
FIGC director Demetrio Albertini praised Cesare Prandelli, but admits “Italy are a little behind schedule physically.”
Lorenzo Insigne is fit to play in tonight’s European Under-21 Championship semi-final against Holland.
Emanuele Giaccherini may be a surprise starter against Mexico, but insists he has all the qualities needed to play for Italy.
Ronaldo warned Mario Balotelli not to “waste his talent like Adriano,” praised Cesare Prandelli’s Italy and trusts Massimo Moratti to do what’s best for Inter.
Italy beat Holland 3-0 in a friendly last year, but Dutch Coach Cor Pot is confident “we are stronger” ahead of tonight’s Under-21 semi-final.
Andrea Barzagli trusts Italy are ready to face Mexico tomorrow with a Juventus-based line-up, but is “very worried” by Javier Hernandez.
Controversial Chilean referee Enrique Osses has been assigned to Italy’s opening Confederations Cup match with Mexico.