Surprises in Italy's Spain XI
Italy are set to face Spain tomorrow with Alessio Cerci, Daniel Osvaldo and Gabriel Paletta in the starting XI.
England use sports psychologist
Italy’s World Cup opponents England have brought in a sports psychologist to help them prepare, revealed Roy Hodgson.
Buffon: 'Casillas, Cech and I'
Gigi Buffon believes the Cesare Prandelli-Juventus row was “a misunderstanding” and hailed Spain’s Iker Casillas.
Prandelli: 'No ordinary friendly'
Cesare Prandelli vented his frustration at “pointless controversy” and warned Spain-Italy “is no ordinary friendly.”
Thiago Alcantara's Serie A tales
Spain starlet Thiago Alcantara was born in Italy and reveals what his father told him about life in Serie A.
‘Udinese must be solid’
Udinese Coach Francesco Guidolin has called for his side to show more defensive solidity in future.
Casillas: Azzurri often find a way
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has praised opponents Italy ahead of the friendly between the teams on Wednesday.
Agger linked with Napoli
Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez is being linked with a summer move for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger.
Materazzi for Inter return?
Reports in Tuttomercato.web today suggest that Inter President Erick Thohir is considering bringing Marco Materazzi back to the club.
‘Juve Scudetto a formality’
The prospect of Juventus wrapping up a third straight Scudetto is now a formality, according to Mauro Camoranesi.
Llorente accepts Del Bosque decision
Juventus striker Fernando Llorente has accepted Vicente Del Bosque’s decision not to call him up to the Spanish national squad.
Del Bosque backs Prandelli
Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque has backed Azzurri counterpart Cesare Prandelli over his decision to leave Daniele De Rossi out of his squad.
Roma to prepare De Rossi appeal
It has emerged that Roma are set to appeal the decision to ban player Daniele De Rossi for three matches.
Sassuolo to ‘leave past behind’
Sassuolo general director Nereo Bonato says the club must forget what has gone on in the last few months and concentrate on staying in Serie A.
Zanetti wants best for Inter
Inter captain Javier Zanetti says the wellbeing of the club will be the key factor when it comes to deciding his long term future.
Prade: Referee dialogue good
Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade says the dialogue between Viola Coach Vincenzo Montella and Italian referee chief Marcello Nicchi is positive.
Deschamps: Pogba plays too much
France Coach Didier Deschamps says he is concerned at the number of games Juventus star Paul Pogba has been playing over the last year.
‘Perhaps title race was never open’
Ciro Ferrara has commented that ‘perhaps the title race has not ever been open’ this season, due to Juventus’ mentality and way of playing.
Inter considering Podolski bid
Inter are reportedly ‘gathering information’ on Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski with the view to a move at the end of the season.
Italian Coaches back TV assistance
A majority of high profile Coaches in Italy polled are in agreement over the introduction of video technology into the game.
Ancelotti: Atleti favourites to advance
Carlo Ancelotti has wished Milan good luck, but says Atletico Madrid are favourite to progress from their Champions League tie.
Kovacic: Mazzarri a defensive Coach
Mateo Kovacic has admitted to his frustration with life on the bench at Inter: “For sure Walter Mazzarri prefers a more defensive style.”
Tevez: Scudetto three-quarters ours
Juventus forward Carlos Tevez believes that the Scudetto is now ‘three-quarters ours’, following victory at Milan on Sunday.
Ramos, Xavi, Cesc to sit out?
Speculation in the Spanish media is that Diego Costa will start for Spain against Italy, but Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Ramos won’t.
‘Italy have always troubled Spain’
Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque has admitted that Italy have “always been able to push the right buttons in order to complicate our lives.”
Guarin: Calm and happy at Inter
Fredy Guarin has commented that he is ‘calm and happy’ at Inter and is aiming to prove so to the club’s fans.
Chiellini trains alone for Italy
Giorgio Chiellini trained virtually alone in Italy’s first session ahead of facing Spain, before a one-on-one with Cesare Prandelli.
Del Bosque: Hard to include all
Vicente del Bosque says that whilst Borja Valero, Jose Callejon and Fernando Llorente have impressed in Serie A, he is struggling for space in Spain.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Prandelli: My right to pick Chiellini
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli insists it is his right as Azzurri boss to call up any player he sees fit, including Giorgio Chiellini.
Marchetti ‘happy at Lazio’
Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti’s agent insists his client is happy with life at the Stadio Olimpico.
De Laurentiis ‘won’t discuss Livorno’
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has refused to discuss the Azzurri’s disappointing draw with Livorno at the weekend.
Carmona: Three vital points
Atalanta midfielder Carlos Carmona says his team’s weekend win over Chievo was a vital three points.
Di Livio: Prandelli code a farce
Former Azzurri midfielder Angelo Di Livio has hit out at Coach Cesare Prandelli’s code of ethics following his decision to leave Daniele De Rossi out of his squad.
Guarin ‘happy’ with performances
Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin says he is pleased with the level of performance he has been showing for the Nerazzurri.
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