AZZURRI

It is now confirmed Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli will miss the Confederations Cup clash with Uruguay.
Italy are likely to be without five key players for the Confederations Cup third-place play-off against Uruguay.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has insisted that even without Mario Balotelli, Italy are still a dangerous side.
Italy’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic at the start of next season will be played at the Juventus Stadium.
Emanuele Giaccherini has revealed he should have stepped up to take Italy’s crucial seventh penalty against Spain instead of Leonardo Bonucci.
Gigi Buffon says Italy were just centimetres away from reaching the Confederations Cup Final. “That Andres Iniesta penalty…”
Italy underlined their potential with their performance in the Confederations Cup semi-final defeat to Spain, says Cesare Prandelli.
Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci has regrets after his shoot-out miss allowed Spain to progress to the Confederations Cup Final.
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas confesses “we were lucky to win” after squeezing past Italy on a shoot-out.
Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque praised Italy’s performance and admits fatigue made the difference in the long run.
Christian Maggio rued his luck after the shoot-out defeat to Spain, but felt Italy “were superior” for much of the game.
Giorgio Chiellini insists “if there was a team that should’ve won tonight, it was Italy” after a shoot-out defeat to Spain.
Cesare Prandelli said the performance from Italy was “touching” despite the defeat on penalties to Spain.
Italy had numerous chances and tactically muzzled Spain, but were beaten 7-6 on penalties in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Italy switch to a three-man defence and rely on Alberto Gilardino as they take on Fernando Torres’ Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Italy will wear black armbands tonight after former player Stefano Borgonovo lost his battle with motor neurone disease, aged 49.
Gerard Pique is expecting “a very exciting match with a great team” in tonight’s Spain-Italy Confederations Cup semi-final.
Dino Zoff has reflected on why Spain must pay attention to Italy, and also his belief in Alberto Gilardino.
Brazil and Lazio playmaker Hernanes has admitted that he would rather play Spain than Italy in the final of the Confederations Cup.
Giuseppe Rossi has claimed that he wants to get back into Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad next season.
Italy are set to field a 3-4-2-1 system in tonight’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain.
Gianluigi Buffon insists the 4-0 defeat to Spain “was not a real reflection” of Italy’s quality and answered his Confederations Cup critics.
Cesare Prandelli is confident Italy “have the weapons to make life difficult for Spain” and confirmed Alberto Gilardino will start.
Sergio Busquets is impressed by Italy’s versatility in midfield, though “all their moves start from Andrea Pirlo.”
Alvaro Arbeloa is a huge admirer of Andrea Pirlo ahead of the Confederations Cup semi-final. “He has given football lessons to the world.”