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Sunday June 10 2012
Prandelli: 'Italy ready for Spain'

Cesare Prandelli confirmed Emanuele Giaccherini will start against Spain today. “We will be ready and eager to prove ourselves against the best.”

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Sunday June 10 2012
Probable line-ups: Spain-Italy

There are still some doubts as to how Italy will line up against Spain today, though Daniele De Rossi is bound for a centre-back role.

The Azzurri open their Euro 2012 campaign in Gdansk at 17.00 UK time with Cesare Prandelli confirming a “versatile” 3-5-2 system.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Rossi: 'Azzurri, like in 1982...'

The “lack of credibility” around the Italy squad could prove helpful, claims 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi.

The Azzurri begin their Euro 2012 adventure at 17.00 UK time against trophy holders Spain in Gdansk.

“When Italy start out with a lack of credibility, at the end they always manage to bring out the best in themselves. I believe they can do well again this time,” said the retired striker.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Miha doubts De Rossi in defence

Serbia manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is confident “Italy can do well in Euro 2012,” though questions Daniele De Rossi’s new role in central defence.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Casillas: 'Italy make Spain nervous'

Iker Casillas admits Spain are “nervous at facing prestigious players like Daniele De Rossi and Gianluigi Buffon” today.

Euro 2012 Group C kicks off at 17.00 UK time in Gdansk with the reigning World and European champions taking on Italy.

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Saturday June 9 2012
Iniesta focused only on Italy

Andres Iniesta has warned Spain to keep focused on tomorrow’s match with Italy. “We aren’t thinking about anything other than this game.”

Group C opens on Sunday at 17.00 UK time in Gdansk when the last two winners of World Cups go head-to-head.

“The win at Euro 2008 gave us a lot of stability, which in turn helped us to win the World Cup,” said the midfielder, remembering they beat Italy on penalties in the quarter-finals of that tournament.

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Saturday June 9 2012
Giaccherini angles for Italy spot

Emanuele Giaccherini isn’t sure if he’ll start against Spain, but “can guarantee speed, counter-attacks and dynamism.”

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Saturday June 9 2012
Del Bosque: 'Spain ready for Italy'

Vicente del Bosque is worried about Italy and urges Spain not to lose the opener tomorrow. “We are ready for every possible situation.”

Group C begins at 17.00 UK time on Sunday in Gdansk with the reigning World and European champions taking no chances.

“We are ready to start the tournament tomorrow,” said del Bosque in his press conference.

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Saturday June 9 2012
Diamanti to face Spain?

Italy tested their line-up for tomorrow’s Spain match, which includes Emanuele Giaccherini, Alessandro Diamanti and Angelo Ogbonna.

Cesare Prandelli ordered a game between ranks this afternoon in Gdansk’s Arena Stadium.

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Saturday June 9 2012
Buffon: 'Balotelli is pure talent'

Gianluigi Buffon says Italy have “come here to amaze” and can rely on “pure talent” Mario Balotelli in tomorrow’s opener against Spain.

The Azzurri faced La Roja in Euro 2008 and went out on penalties in probably the toughest match the eventual winners had.

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