Cesare Prandelli's men take on Spain in the competition decider on Sunday, and the Azzurri captain is eyeing glory as a way of repaying the supporters for sticking with the side despite controversies in the game in Italy.
“We are there, lads... We are there, fans... We are there, people,” the veteran Juventus stopper wrote on his Facebook page.
“We are doing it for us, but also for you, who fire me up and take away two hours of every day so I can watch the street celebrations on YouTube.
“For you who never abandoned us, for you who would’ve honoured the shirt the same way we are doing it... but also for The Dream.
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“The Dream that I found at the end of July 2011 when reading ‘The Dolphin’ by Sergio Bambaren. But we are still compact and vigil, as nothing has been achieved other than giving dignity and joy back to our country.
“At these moments I like to remember the banner that I read as a child, when I used to collect the Supertifo fanzine and guard it jealously.
“It was written by Foggia fans and read: ‘It is better to suffer so we can rejoice than kid ourselves and die.’
“This is also the reason behind my burst of anger after the Germany game.
“A hug for everyone. AVANTI ITALIA!!!” he concluded.