World Cup 14
Del Bosque: 'Italy pressured Spain'
Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque praised Italy’s performance and admits fatigue made the difference in the long run.
Maggio: 'Italy were superior'
Christian Maggio rued his luck after the shoot-out defeat to Spain, but felt Italy “were superior” for much of the game.
Chiellini: 'Italy deserved victory'
Giorgio Chiellini insists “if there was a team that should’ve won tonight, it was Italy” after a shoot-out defeat to Spain.
Prandelli: 'A touching performance'
Cesare Prandelli said the performance from Italy was “touching” despite the defeat on penalties to Spain.
Italy suffer Spain penalty heartache
Italy had numerous chances and tactically muzzled Spain, but were beaten 7-6 on penalties in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Italy switch to a three-man defence and rely on Alberto Gilardino as they take on Fernando Torres’ Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Italy mourn Borgonovo
Italy will wear black armbands tonight after former player Stefano Borgonovo lost his battle with motor neurone disease, aged 49.
Pique expects 'exciting' Spain-Italy
Gerard Pique is expecting “a very exciting match with a great team” in tonight’s Spain-Italy Confederations Cup semi-final.
Zoff: Italy can embarrass Spain
Dino Zoff has reflected on why Spain must pay attention to Italy, and also his belief in Alberto Gilardino.
Hernanes wants Spain in Confed final
Brazil and Lazio playmaker Hernanes has admitted that he would rather play Spain than Italy in the final of the Confederations Cup.
Rossi hopes for Italy recall
Giuseppe Rossi has claimed that he wants to get back into Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad next season.
Italy-Spain probable line-ups
Italy are set to field a 3-4-2-1 system in tonight’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain.
Buffon: 'I've had a good Confederations'
Gianluigi Buffon insists the 4-0 defeat to Spain “was not a real reflection” of Italy’s quality and answered his Confederations Cup critics.
Prandelli: 'Italy can trouble Spain'
Cesare Prandelli is confident Italy “have the weapons to make life difficult for Spain” and confirmed Alberto Gilardino will start.
Busquets: 'Italy are versatile'
Sergio Busquets is impressed by Italy’s versatility in midfield, though “all their moves start from Andrea Pirlo.”
Arbeloa: 'Pirlo gives football lessons'
Alvaro Arbeloa is a huge admirer of Andrea Pirlo ahead of the Confederations Cup semi-final. “He has given football lessons to the world.”
Del Bosque: 'Italy were superior'
Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque warns in their Euro 2012 draw “Italy were superior” and could hurt them again in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Official: Caldirola to Werder Bremen
As expected, Inter and Italy Under-21 international Luca Caldirola has signed a four-year contract with Werder Bremen.
Azpilicueta: 'Italy will be difficult'
Cesar Azpilicueta warns Spain will find it “very difficult” against Italy, but that Confederations Cup victory is to be expected.
Sirigu suffers knee injury
Salvatore Sirigu is the latest injury concern for Italy on the eve of the Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain.
Torres: Forget past against Italy
Fernando Torres is expecting his Spain side to be tested by Italy in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.
Marchisio: 'Trust in Gila'
Claudio Marchisio has faith in Alberto Gilardino and joked about Spain’s strip poker allegations. “Hopefully they’ll be tired...”
Italy test new system for Spain
Italy tested out a three-man defence to face Spain with Claudio Marchisio and Antonio Candreva behind centre-forward Alberto Gilardino.
Ramos: 'Italy can't surprise Spain'
Sergio Ramos insists Italy won’t be able to surprise Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final. “We know perfectly well how they play.”
Albertini: 'Italy will scare Spain'
“Italy will try to scare Spain without clamming up in defence,” assured FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini.
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