AZZURRI

Giorgio Chiellini reveals he suffered the third different thigh strain of the last six weeks. “There was no time to recover.”
Gianluigi Buffon took his hat off to Spain. “Italy had a wonderful journey, but they have an inestimable value.”
Cesare Prandelli tried to reassure Italy after their heavy Euro 2012 Final defeat to Spain. “It was an extraordinary tournament.”
A drained Italy’s dream ended at the final hurdle, as Spain retained their European title 4-0, though the Azzurri were down to 10 men for the last half-hour.
Italy have Ignazio Abate back in the starting XI with Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli facing Spain’s ‘False 9’ system in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete notes reaching the Final “is already a success for Italy, but we want to continue dreaming.”
“Mario Balotelli is worth €250m,” declared the Italy and Manchester City hitman’s agent.
Referee Nicola Rizzoli reveals he had been picked to officiate the Euro 2012 Final – until Italy qualified. “I’m happy for the Azzurri anyway.”
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu says Italy have already “silenced” the pre-tournament critics by reaching the Final.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew tips Italy to win tonight’s Euro 2012 Final, as they have “a better mixture to their game” than Spain.
Alessandro ‘Spillo’ Altobelli believes Mario Balotelli can make the difference against Spain. “He could be as strong as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Marcello Lippi has a mathematically impossible take on the Final. “Italy have a 50 per cent chance of winning, yet Spain are still the favourites.”
Cesare Prandelli reveals he always hoped Italy would reach the Euro 2012 Final against Spain and his main target was “to make people fall in love with the Azzurri again.”
Antonio Cassano is eager to take revenge on his Real Madrid critics. “They used to call me fat, but I am ready to put things straight.”
Pep Guardiola expects Spain to adopt a ‘False 9’ system in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final against Italy. “I think Spain will win and make history.”
Fabio Capello believes Italy “can win in midfield” against Spain tonight, while he reveals he “has received several offers.”
Italy legend Dino Zoff believes the Azzurri “are the favourites” in the Euro 2012 Final against reigning World and European Champions Spain.
There are growing reports that Sampdoria have agreed a deal with current Under-21 Italy Coach Ciro Ferrara.
UEFA President Michel Platini praised Mario Balotelli and Cesare Prandelli’s “courage” in playing such attacking football.
Head of State Giorgio Napolitano invited the Italy squad to an official function on Monday and wrote a letter thanking Cesare Prandelli for his efforts.
Claudio Marchisio assures Italy are “confident” ahead of tonight’s Euro 2012 Final with Spain. “We deserve to be here.”
Andrea Barzagli believes Italy’s star man will be “the group” in tonight’s Euro 2012 Final against Spain. “We know what to do.”
Tonight Italy and Spain go head-to-head for the Euro 2012 trophy in Kiev, though some question marks remain over the line-ups.
Mario Balotelli said it would be “incredible to win the Final with my goal, but if we win and I don’t score then it’ll be just as incredible.”
Giorgio Chiellini is confident Spain “are only human and we can beat them” in tomorrow’s Euro 2012 Final.