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Thursday June 14 2012
Italy to start with Spanish XI

Despite some doubts, boss Cesare Prandelli is expected to field the same Italy side that faced Spain in today’s game against Croatia.

There were suggestions that Mario Balotelli could be replaced in the starting XI by Antonio Di Natale, but the Manchester City man is being tipped to start.

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Wednesday June 13 2012
Prandelli: 'Changes for Croatia'

Cesare Prandelli said he has “just one doubt” on who to field against Croatia tomorrow, but refused to confirm or deny whether Mario Balotelli risked the chop.

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Monday June 11 2012
Prandelli: Italy must beat Croatia

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli insists that his side have no other option but to beat Croatia in Thursday’s Euro 2012 game.

The Azzurri started their tournament with a 1-1 draw against Spain, but Croatia’s 3-1 win over the Republic of Ireland has given them an early advantage in Group C.

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Monday June 11 2012
Stick or twist with De Rossi?

Daniele De Rossi impressed as a defender against Spain, but, as David Swan asks, where should he be fielded against Croatia?

Given their less than ideal build-up to Euro 2012, it is difficult to view Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain as anything other than a success. The most important aspect of the game, perhaps more than the result, was the performance of the 3-5-2 against a top side. In that respect, playing Spain first has been timely – no other outfit will expose flaws like the team that has dominated international football for the past four years.

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Sunday June 10 2012
Prandelli: 'Balo should've passed it'

Cesare Prandelli admits Mario Balotelli “should’ve passed it” in a great chance against Spain, but insists the substitution was “not punishment.”

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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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Saturday June 9 2012
Prandelli to 'prove pessimists wrong'

Cesare Prandelli insists “pessimism motivates Italy” to do better and drops more tactical hints for tomorrow’s clash with Spain.

The Azzurri begin their Euro 2012 campaign against reigning World and European champions Spain at 17.00 UK time on Sunday.

“I have a good feeling about this,” said the Coach in his press conference.

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Friday June 8 2012
Italy test two tactical systems

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli tested 4-3-1-2 and 3-4-3 systems in this morning’s training session ahead of their Euro 2012 opener.

The Azzurri face Spain on Sunday and there is some doubt as to what shape they will use following Friday’s 3-0 friendly loss to Russia.

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Friday June 8 2012
Are Italy ready for Euro 2012?

With Italy out of form and tactically unsure ahead of their Euro 2012 debut, Rob Paton asks if they are ready.

“This team wants to get on to the field to prove it has quality and the right determination to be a protagonist at the Euros. This is the spirit we have now. I have found yet again a group ready to be honest and take responsibility,” declared Cesare Prandelli during this week’s build-up to the European Championships kicking off.

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Thursday June 7 2012
Cassano’s time to shine

After a number of false starts during his career, Antonio Cassano will be hoping to make a strong impact in Poland and Ukraine. Luca Cetta writes.

Cesare Prandelli’s aim was for a sparkling Italy brimming with talent. He also strived to be in charge of an Azzurri squad which would reconnect with the fans following the South African disaster. One player to bring those elements together was Antonio Cassano.

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