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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.
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.