Saturday June 30 2012
Casillas 'not surprised' by Italy

Iker Casillas is “not surprised” by Italy’s success and notes former Real Madrid teammate Antonio Cassano has matured.

Spain faced the Azzurri in the opening 1-1 draw on June 10 and now come together again in Kiev for tomorrow’s Final.

“Italy played very well throughout the tournament. I am not remotely surprised they reached the Final,” Casillas told Onda Cero radio.

“Mario Balotelli and Cassano form a great partnership. When Cassano played at Real Madrid he was in a different phase of his life, so nothing at all like he is now.”

The goalkeeper is Spain’s captain, just as Gigi Buffon wears the armband for Italy.

“Buffon is a reference point for everyone. I am very happy he is still playing at this level. Seeing him do so well at his age really gives me


Casillas is 31, while Buffon is now 34.

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