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“After hearing the tragic news of the death of a team-mate, I wanted to give all my support and strength to the family and friends of Miki Roque. A great person has gone, a great sportsman, an example to everyone but, above all, a great team-mate, one with whom I shared many moments which I will never forget, has left us. After being left in a state of shock and realising how unfair life is, in these moments I have just one thought, to do everything possible to dedicate this triumph that we are all fighting for, to him.
"We won't let the past affect us and want to write our own history ... Statistics don't interest us ... Gianluigi Buffon belongs to the best goalkeepers in the world. It is great, in Buffon, Casillas and Neuer, to have the three best in the world in the semi finals. We can find out now who the very best is ... Pirlo had a great game. He took a bold penalty and showed strong nerves. He was Italy's best player ... To practice penalty shootouts is impossible. You can't simulate the pressure in training where you score them regularly without problems. But we have a very strong team in terms of nerves."
The versatile Juventus centre-back strained his left hamstring midway through the second half of the Azzurri's 2-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in their final group game.
“The final will be between Italy and Portugal,” Mancini told Radio RAI.
Cabaye continues: "Nothing ever happened between Olivier Giroud & Samir Nasri. I don't know why people keep writing about this. None of it is true."
So there. Nothing happened?!
"Against Spain, we knew that it would be a complicated game where we didn't have much of the ball, but we thought that we would have two or three chances. But it is true that, in the end, there is some frustration.
"There was definitely a lack of ambition. Although it had been a little better in the second half, we didn’t put them in too much difficulty. The coach chose a tactic to defend well, but it is true that, in the end, when we saw the chances, they were not enormous, and we may have regrets."
*sigh* He's such a dreamboat...
"We had 68 % possession against England. Our style of play is not a defensive one.
"Germany have had two days extra to recover. This is a big handicap for us.
"Germany are the favourites. We must prepare well the small details.
"Yesterday was the hardest game of the tournament so far for Cassano"
Spainish Expert Ben Hayward tells us that, "Spain fans were left somewhat annoyed as the team walked off after beating France on Saturday without thanking them for their support.
Apart from captain Iker Casillas and a couple of tepid claps at the final whistle, Spain's players made their way to the dressing room without showing their appreciation to the supporters and Cesc Fabregas has now apologised.
"It's true we should have shown more joy with the fans," he said at a press conference on Monday. "Sometimes we are under such pressure and maybe we wanted to transmit calm, and we forgot a little about our fans, who make such a big effort to come and support us.
"If you were offended then please forgive us - it won't happen again. And let's hope we can celebrate passage to the final together on Wednesday."
"I wish him success, as he's a good guy," Nicollin told Midi Libre.
Ronaldo has had more shots in Euro 2012 than the entire England squad. 30 v 29.
Like to say wow now?!
Pedro: "We are not scared of him. He is in great form, just like he has been all season. He is a very important player who can be decisive - we will have to be very attentive. Portugal are not just Cristiano, but we will have to defend well against him."
Pique: "He is one of the best players in the world and if we want to stop him we cannot think of individual duels, but instead concentrate on working collectively."
Casillas: "I don't think he is at his very best because he had an incredible season with Real Madrid. But Cristiano is, along with Messi, the best player in the world. The ball moves a bit strangely, not as much as the famous Jabulani (from World Cup) but if you hit it full and with power there is always a strange curl that can fool you. So we will have to prevent [giving away free-kicks]."
Can't wait for Ronaldo's retort. Hopefully it's delivered in this pose:
Busquets: "It's not Barcelona-Madrid, it's Spain-Portugal. And we all know what a great player Cristiano is. He will mostly be in the zone defended by Alvaro [Arbeloa] and Alvaro knows him better than anyone (they are team-mates at Real Madrid). But to stop a player of this kind you need the whole team to work."
Xavi: "We will have to be very attentive. Arbeloa is a great full-back, one of the best around defensively. We will try to cover as well, make Cristiano uncomfortable and not allow him to turn."
Redknapp's also stated that Wilshere can be England's Pirlo. Quite a statement!
We do miss him don't we. He's the modern midfielder we lack - a dynamic, passer and mover.
You must be well aware that all of England's players have come from their own domestic leagues, but Goal.com decides to focus on how the PL's targets fared (from other countries)