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Sunday June 3 2012
Xavi fears fired up Azzurri

Spain are not happy about facing Italy in their Euro 2012 opener, especially with the current scandal. “It’ll make them even more dangerous,” said Xavi.

The Azzurri are in turmoil after a 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia and the betting scandal that enveloped the sport this week.

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Sunday June 3 2012
Riva trusts Italy will shine

Italy legend Gigi Riva is “not worried” by the Azzurri’s disappointing run-in to Euro 2012. “We just aren’t good with friendlies.”

The only test leading up to the tournament was a 3-0 defeat to Russia in Zurich on Friday evening.

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Sunday June 3 2012
Gasp backs 3-5-2 Italy

Cesare Prandelli hinted he’d switch to a 3-5-2 system against Spain and Gian Piero Gasperini agrees “many of the Azzurri come from clubs with three-man defences.”

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Sunday June 3 2012
Croatia held by Norway

Italy’s Euro 2012 Group C opponents Croatia were pegged back in a disappointing 1-1 friendly draw with Norway.

The Azzurri are set to face Croatia in their second game on June 14 in Poznan, sharing the group with Spain and the Republic of Ireland.

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Sunday June 3 2012
Trap: 'Italy are hyper-critical, but...'

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni points out Italians “are hyper-critical, but in the end always get good results.”

His side will face the Azzurri in Euro 2012 Group C along with Spain and Croatia.

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Sunday June 3 2012
Cosmi 'expected bad Italy'

Lecce Coach Serse Cosmi insists he “was expecting to see such a bad Italy performance” against Russia because of the betting scandal.

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Saturday June 2 2012
Prandelli: 'I'll change Italy defence'

Cesare Prandelli admits he was “surprised” by the extent of Italy’s defeat to Russia and will take action. “We’ll change the defence and start from scratch.”

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Saturday June 2 2012
President shows Italy support

Italy received a boost with news President Giorgio Napolitano will attend their Euro 2012 opener with Spain. “We thank him.”

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Saturday June 2 2012
Del Bosque 'worried about Pirlo'

Spain face Italy on June 10 and manager Vicente Del Bosque admits he is “worried about Andrea Pirlo.”

The opening Group C game between the two nations is coming up fast and Spain have a friendly test against China tomorrow evening.

“I am worried about China, but I am much more worried about Pirlo,” said Del Bosque.

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Saturday June 2 2012
Italy squad take two days off

The Italy squad has left the Coverciano training ground and will not resume training until Monday, then leave for Poland on Tuesday.

The Azzurri returned to Coverciano this morning after last night’s 3-0 defeat to Russia in Zurich.

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