AZZURRI

Cesare Prandelli has resigned as Italy Coach. “The technical project failed and it’s only right I take responsibility.”
Luis Suarez said Uruguay “worked incredibly hard” to beat Italy and secure their World Cup progress.
Italy crashed out of the World Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, but who takes the blame and which players kept their pride?
Gigi Buffon said this was “a very sad day for Italy as a nation. It’s a day of failure, there’s no point denying it.”
Giorgio Chiellini thinks FIFA won’t punish Luis Suarez for biting him, “as they need their stars to play in the World Cup.”
Cesare Prandelli said the referee “ruined the game,” criticised Mario Balotelli and confessed his Italy future is in doubt.
Uruguay knocked Italy out of the World Cup with controversy, as Claudio Marchisio was harshly sent off and Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini.
Gigi Buffon sent a message to fans ahead of Italy’s crunch World Cup match with Uruguay. “Leave divisions aside.”
As expected, Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile start up front for Italy against Uruguay in what should be a 3-5-2- formation.
Uruguay defender Diego Godin says it would be disrespectful to say his team are over-reliant on Luis Suarez.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli promises his team will fight for every ball and put up a battle against Uruguay this afternoon.
Jose Mourinho believes Italy should take a pragmatic approach against Uruguay in today’s do or die World Cup clash.
Former Italy World Cup winner Antonio Cabrini has called for the Azzurri to show positivity against Uruguay today.
Roberto Mussi admits that Italy changing formation ‘is not a good sign’, and advises the Azzurri’s focus against Uruguay should be on intensity.
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.”
Jessica Immobile says her husband Ciro is ready to face Uruguay and eager to show what he can do for Italy.
Cesare Maldini casts doubt on Cesare Prandelli’s tactics for Uruguay: “I do not believe a three-man defence could stop Suarez and Cavani.”
Speculation is that Giancarlo Abete’s future as Italian Football Federation President depends on Italy’s World Cup progress.
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.
Italy goalkeeping icon Dino Zoff is confident the Azzurri will get the result they need against Uruguay tomorrow.
Cesare Prandelli says his Italy team’s World Cup match with Uruguay tomorrow is the biggest of his professional career.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli insists he would have taken the Azzurri’s current World Cup situation when the draw was first made.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has today praised Ciro Immobile, saying the forward can become the complete player.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli believes Uruguay front pair Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez are one of the best partnerships in the World Cup.
Andrea Pirlo has insisted he has not thought about Italy leaving the World Cup at the group stage.