AZZURRI

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admits the draw was “the right result, as both sides never gave up and attacked to the end.”
How to stop the World and European champions in their tracks? Rating and slating the Azzurri performances after an impressive group opener.
Andrea Pirlo believes Italy’s friendly defeat to Russia “did us good” to prepare them for the 1-1 draw with Spain.
Daniele De Rossi explains why Cesare Prandelli picked him as a centre-back against Spain. “We wanted to play the ball.”
Cesare Prandelli pointed out the Azzurri came out to attack Spain in their 1-1 draw. “This is the real Italy.”
Antonio Di Natale admits he “still remembers” the penalty he missed against Spain in Euro 2008, so this was a special goal for him.
Antonio Di Natale scored with his first touch as an impressive Italy performance held Spain to a 1-1 draw in the Group C opener.
Italy have chosen Emanuele Giaccherini, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli in a 3-5-2 system, but Spain opt for a no-striker system by dropping Fernando Torres.
Thiago Motta is looking forward to challenging Spain’s Sergio Busquets again today. “Nobody is unbeatable and we’re convinced Italy can win.”
Cesare Prandelli confirmed Emanuele Giaccherini will start against Spain today. “We will be ready and eager to prove ourselves against the best.”
There are still some doubts as to how Italy will line up against Spain today, though Daniele De Rossi is bound for a centre-back role.
The “lack of credibility” around the Italy squad could prove helpful, claims 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi.
Serbia manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is confident “Italy can do well in Euro 2012,” though questions Daniele De Rossi’s new role in central defence.
Iker Casillas admits Spain are “nervous at facing prestigious players like Daniele De Rossi and Gianluigi Buffon” today.
Andres Iniesta has warned Spain to keep focused on tomorrow’s match with Italy. “We aren’t thinking about anything other than this game.”
Emanuele Giaccherini isn’t sure if he’ll start against Spain, but “can guarantee speed, counter-attacks and dynamism.”
Vicente del Bosque is worried about Italy and urges Spain not to lose the opener tomorrow. “We are ready for every possible situation.”
Sergio Busquets warns Spain “cannot afford to get distracted” when they face Italy in the Group C opener on Sunday.
Italy tested their line-up for tomorrow’s Spain match, which includes Emanuele Giaccherini, Alessandro Diamanti and Angelo Ogbonna.
Gianluigi Buffon says Italy have “come here to amaze” and can rely on “pure talent” Mario Balotelli in tomorrow’s opener against Spain.
Cesare Prandelli insists “pessimism motivates Italy” to do better and drops more tactical hints for tomorrow’s clash with Spain.
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni reveals he’s “still waiting for the investigation” into Italy’s controversial Euro 2004 exit.
Xavi Hernandez laughed off those who still think Italy play “catenaccio. It’ll be an entertaining spectacle” against Spain tomorrow.
Spanish legend Luisito Suarez believes “Andrea Pirlo is a more complete player than Xavi” Hernandez as Italy prepare to face the Iberians tomorrow.
Xabi Alonso believes Italy are “combative and competitive” when under pressure, revealing Spain have studied Andrea Pirlo and their tactics carefully.