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There are reports Mario Balotelli and Riccardo Montolivo are at risk for the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Thiago Silva admits he was impressed by Italy’s performance against Brazil and took the blame for Emanuele Giaccherini’s goal.
Neymar told Mario Balotelli he’d “better start getting used to the heat” ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Christian Maggio is still smarting that his chance to draw 3-3 with Brazil hit the bar. “Things just aren’t going our way.”
Gigi Buffon feels the performance against Brazil was an improvement, but “we’ve got to stop conceding goals” and hope Spain have an off day.
Dante had a very special reason to celebrate a goal against Italy in his hometown. “I was dreaming about this.”
Italy’s World Cup qualifier with Bulgaria in September will be played at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo.
Emanuele Giaccherini revealed how he scored against Brazil. “Thiago Silva underestimated me.”
Cesare Prandelli assures Italy “have to be more audacious” when taking on Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar saw “chaos” on Giorgio Chiellini’s goal and is “happy” Roma are showing an interest.
Ignazio Abate is out of the Confederations Cup after dislocating his shoulder, while Riccardo Montolivo suffered a head injury.
Antonio Candreva felt Italy “should’ve been more audacious” in the first half after a 4-2 defeat to Brazil.
Felipe Scolari believes Brazil “gained a lot of confidence” with their 4-2 victory over Italy and praised striker Fred.
Emanuele Giaccherini feels regret that Italy were unable to pile the pressure on Brazil throughout. “They’re not unbeatable.”
Giorgio Chiellini insists Italy’s confidence has grown after their 4-2 defeat to Brazil. “We put them under serious pressure.”
Cesare Prandelli felt Italy deserved a draw against Brazil in tough circumstances and praised their “excellent reaction.”
Italy fought hard, were unlucky and scored with Emanuele Giaccherini and Giorgio Chiellini, but were beaten 4-2 by Brazil.
Italy make several changes and adopt a new system against Brazil, while Mario Balotelli goes toe-to-toe with Neymar.
Italy’s line-up against Brazil this evening could be a 4-2-3-1 rather than a 4-3-3, as Alessandro Diamanti tucks into a trequartista role.
The Brazilian Government has called in the military to help ensure safety in tonight’s game with Italy as protests continue to spread.
There are four Italians in the UEFA Under-21 Championship All-Star squad, including Marco Verratti and Fabio Borini.
Stephan El Shaarawy warned he “won’t even be on the bench” against Brazil tonight due to an injury.
Hernanes is looking forward to challenging his Lazio teammate Antonio Candreva. “A month ago we celebrated, now we are opponents.”
Felipe Scolari admits he’d love to see a “perfect” Neymar-Mario Balotelli partnership as Brazil face Italy.
While Giulio Donati expresses how “happy” he is to join Bayer Leverkusen, his Inter and Under-21 teammate Luca Caldirola is courted by Werder Bremen.