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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.
Antonio Di Natale believes Italy can do well in the Confederations Cup and admits “I want to be at the 2014 World Cup.”
Italy held their first training sessions behind closed doors today, as they prepare for the Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain.
English referee Howard Webb has been assigned to Italy’s Confederations Cup semi-final with Spain.
Fernando Torres has rejected talk of facing Brazil in the Confederations Cup Final, pointing to Spain’s awareness of what it is to face Italy first.
Italy’s chief medic has revealed says they are ‘cautiously optimistic’ that Andrea Pirlo can recover from injury in time to face Spain on Thursday.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has labelled Spain as almost unbeatable ahead of Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final.
Milan striker Mario Balotelli is disappointed his Confederations Cup campaign has ended prematurely.
Mario Balotelli’s Confederations Cup is over due to injury, but Cesare Prandelli insists “there was no pressure from Milan.”
Spain’s Cesc Fabregas and Roberto Soldado are doubts for the Confederations Cup semi-final against Italy.
Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque is showing respect for Italy ahead of this week’s clash despite comfortably disposing of them a year ago.
Spain do not fear Italy’s desire for revenge, Andres Iniesta insists ahead of the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Italy defender Christian Maggio believes Brazil’s Neymar receives too much protection from referees.
The Gazzetta dello Sport claims Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is thinking of using a 3-5-2 against Spain this week.
Terrible news for Italy, as medical staff confirm Mario Balotelli will not be fit for the Confederations Cup semi-final with Spain.
Italy will play Spain in the Confederations Cup semi-final on Thursday, while Abel Hernandez bagged four as Uruguay will face Brazil.
Italy’s chief medic has confirmed Mario Balotelli suffered a thigh problem and is at risk for the semi-final.
Gigi Buffon insists Italy are only conceding so many goals because they are embracing “a more attacking mentality.”
Fernando Torres is concerned about Spain’s potential semi-final against Italy. “They always made life complicated for us.”
Referee Ravshan Irmatov “admitted he made a mistake” during Italy’s second goal against Brazil.
There are reports Mario Balotelli and Riccardo Montolivo are at risk for the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Thiago Silva admits he was impressed by Italy’s performance against Brazil and took the blame for Emanuele Giaccherini’s goal.
Neymar told Mario Balotelli he’d “better start getting used to the heat” ahead of next year’s World Cup.