AZZURRI

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