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Saturday June 2 2012
Spalletti has faith in Azzurri

Zenit St Petersburg Coach confirms Domenico Criscito is “sad” at missing out on Euro 2012 amid the betting scandal, but has faith in the Italy side.

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Saturday June 2 2012
Trap: 'Don't underestimate Italy'

Giovanni Trapattoni tells the Irish players not to be swayed by Italy’s defeat to Russia. “Every team has ups and downs.”

The Azzurri have lost their last three friendly outings, something that hadn’t happened since 1986, and were beaten 3-0 by Russia on Friday evening.

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Saturday June 2 2012
Italy, expect the worst

The Azzurri’s preparations for Euro 2012 and the defeat to Russia have put Susy Campanale in a pessimistic mood.

Cesare Prandelli must be wondering what he’s done to deserve all this.

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Saturday June 2 2012
Barzagli: 'Italy lack balance'

Andrea Barzagli admits Italy “lack balance and need to improve” after a dismal 3-0 demolition at the hands of Russia.

Their pre-Euro 2012 preparations suffered a big hit when falling to this friendly defeat in Zurich on Friday evening.

“We certainly could’ve done better individually,” said the Juventus defender.

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Saturday June 2 2012
Marchisio: 'We'll learn from defeat'

Claudio Marchisio tried to look on the positive side of Italy’s 3-0 defeat to Russia. “We now know what we did well and what we need to improve.”

The Azzurri’s only pre-Euro 2012 friendly was on Friday night in Zurich and saw them fall to their heaviest loss since Brazil in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

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Friday June 1 2012
Buffon: 'I did nothing wrong'

Gigi Buffon gave an update on his injury, but above all hit back at reports trying to drag him into the betting scandal. “I’ve done nothing wrong.”

The goalkeeper went off at half-time in tonight’s 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia – when it was still goalless – due to a shoulder strain.

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Friday June 1 2012
Maggio: 'That was a bad night'

Christian Maggio had a hand in two of Russia’s goals and holds his hands up. “That was a really bad night.”

The Napoli defender seemed sluggish and lacked communication with his club and Italy goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis in a 3-0 friendly defeat.

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Friday June 1 2012
Buffon 'strained shoulder'

Italy’s medical staff have confirmed Gianluigi Buffon has suffered a strained shoulder, “but it is nothing serious.”

The goalkeeper was substituted at half-time, when it was still 0-0, in tonight’s 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia.

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Friday June 1 2012
Montolivo: 'We can learn from defeat'

Riccardo Montolivo admits “when you lose 3-0 more or less everything was missing,” but Italy can learn from their mistakes against Russia.

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Friday June 1 2012
Albertini: 'We'll be ready'

FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini is confident “Italy will be mentally and physically prepared for Euro 2012” despite a 3-0 defeat to Russia.

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