Italy-Spain probable line-ups
Italy are set to field a 3-4-2-1 system in tonight’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain.
Buffon: 'I've had a good Confederations'
Gianluigi Buffon insists the 4-0 defeat to Spain “was not a real reflection” of Italy’s quality and answered his Confederations Cup critics.
Prandelli: 'Italy can trouble Spain'
Cesare Prandelli is confident Italy “have the weapons to make life difficult for Spain” and confirmed Alberto Gilardino will start.
Busquets: 'Italy are versatile'
Sergio Busquets is impressed by Italy’s versatility in midfield, though “all their moves start from Andrea Pirlo.”
Arbeloa: 'Pirlo gives football lessons'
Alvaro Arbeloa is a huge admirer of Andrea Pirlo ahead of the Confederations Cup semi-final. “He has given football lessons to the world.”
Del Bosque: 'Italy were superior'
Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque warns in their Euro 2012 draw “Italy were superior” and could hurt them again in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Official: Caldirola to Werder Bremen
As expected, Inter and Italy Under-21 international Luca Caldirola has signed a four-year contract with Werder Bremen.
Azpilicueta: 'Italy will be difficult'
Cesar Azpilicueta warns Spain will find it “very difficult” against Italy, but that Confederations Cup victory is to be expected.
Sirigu suffers knee injury
Salvatore Sirigu is the latest injury concern for Italy on the eve of the Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain.
Torres: Forget past against Italy
Fernando Torres is expecting his Spain side to be tested by Italy in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.
Marchisio: 'Trust in Gila'
Claudio Marchisio has faith in Alberto Gilardino and joked about Spain’s strip poker allegations. “Hopefully they’ll be tired...”
Italy test new system for Spain
Italy tested out a three-man defence to face Spain with Claudio Marchisio and Antonio Candreva behind centre-forward Alberto Gilardino.
Ramos: 'Italy can't surprise Spain'
Sergio Ramos insists Italy won’t be able to surprise Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final. “We know perfectly well how they play.”
Albertini: 'Italy will scare Spain'
“Italy will try to scare Spain without clamming up in defence,” assured FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini.
Di Natale targets World Cup
Antonio Di Natale believes Italy can do well in the Confederations Cup and admits “I want to be at the 2014 World Cup.”
Italy train behind closed doors
Italy held their first training sessions behind closed doors today, as they prepare for the Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain.
Webb ref for Spain-Italy
English referee Howard Webb has been assigned to Italy’s Confederations Cup semi-final with Spain.
Torres wary of Italy threat
Fernando Torres has rejected talk of facing Brazil in the Confederations Cup Final, pointing to Spain’s awareness of what it is to face Italy first.
Italy 'optimistic' Pirlo can recover
Italy’s chief medic has revealed says they are ‘cautiously optimistic’ that Andrea Pirlo can recover from injury in time to face Spain on Thursday.
Prandelli admits to Spanish superiority
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has labelled Spain as almost unbeatable ahead of Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final.
Balotelli: I feel like a loser
Milan striker Mario Balotelli is disappointed his Confederations Cup campaign has ended prematurely.
Balotelli leaves Confederations Cup
Mario Balotelli’s Confederations Cup is over due to injury, but Cesare Prandelli insists “there was no pressure from Milan.”
Spain have concern over duo
Spain’s Cesc Fabregas and Roberto Soldado are doubts for the Confederations Cup semi-final against Italy.
Italy a great side, says Del Bosque
Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque is showing respect for Italy ahead of this week’s clash despite comfortably disposing of them a year ago.
No Italian fear for Iniesta
Spain do not fear Italy’s desire for revenge, Andres Iniesta insists ahead of the Confederations Cup semi-final.
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