Maggio: Italy have a chance of beating Spain

The Azzurri man remains confident that his side can progress to the Confederations Cup final despite a likely semi-final meeting with Vicente del Bosque's side
By Kris Voakes in the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

Christian Maggio has stressed that Italy remain optimistic of reaching the Confederations Cup final despite facing Spain in the semi-finals.

The Azzurri finished second in Group A after two goals from Fred helped Brazil beat them 4-2, a result which will likely mean that la Roja await Cesare Prandelli's men in the semi-finals.

And Maggio admitted he was disappointed to have lost to the Selecao, but is adamant his side can avenge their European Championship final defeat last summer to the world champions.

"Yes, Spain are a very strong side, as they showed against us in the Euro 2012 final, and that didn't go well for us at all," the 31-year-old told Goal.

"But we will take the next few days to recover and prepare well.

"We just need to remain calm [against Spain] above all, because if they are able to put you in difficulty if you don't. We have to keep our concentration and we have a chance."

"We're sorry for the defeat. But we did okay against a team like Brazil. There were times in the game, especially in the second half, when we showed that we could trouble them.

"At the end of the day, we are unhappy with the result but still have faith ahead of the semi-final."

With the score locked a 3-2, Maggio struck the bar against Brazil but he said he was determined to put the near-miss behind him.

"It was disappointing for myself. But mainly because it would have been 3-3 and that might have been an important boost for us," he added.

"But, we forget that tonight and focus on the next game."