Vicente del Bosque, Spain coach
I think that it was an excellent performance from both teams, who proved they are right at the top of the European game. Italy were better than us for the whole first period when, via [Antonio] Candreva and [Claudio] Marchisio, they put us in uncomfortable situations several times. We couldn’t control the game properly and we looked very open. But, bit by bit, we got a second wind, improved after the interval and ended up being the better side come extra time. Then fortune went our way in the shoot-out, which put us through to a great final. We’re enormously excited about taking on Brazil in the Maracana.
Cesare Prandelli, Italy coach
The lads played a great match, from the first minute to the last, and we created plenty of situations that could have won us the game, but once it goes to penalties anything can happen. Spain are currently ahead of us because they’ve been following the same ideology for years, whereas we’re still forging our own path. This match has been a great test for us, no doubt about that, and we passed it despite the result. We were convinced about how we needed to play, in both technical and tactical terms, and I’m certain that we need to keep persevering. We proved that we have the quality to battle it out with the best.