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Alvaro Morata: Italy round-of-16 clash among biggest of my career

Jordi Alba says Spain may have a young side but it has a lot of experience.
Spain's Thiago Alcântara previews the team's match with Italy in the round of 16 at the European championship.

SAINT-DENIS, France -- Better than anyone, Alvaro Morata knows what Spain will be up against on Monday.

The 23-year-old Juventus striker has spent the past two seasons playing in Italy, the country the defending champions will face in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

"It's difficult to attack against them, they are specialists. Tactically, they are almost perfect," Morata said on Sunday. "It will be one of the most important games of my career."

Morata will likely be facing four former...

Fabregas could be key, but Spain must not pay the penalty vs. Italy

Italy believe they are well prepared for defending champions Spain.
David De Gea says Spain have not hung their heads after their defeat to Croatia in their final group match.
Koke says Spain and Italy are such big squads that there cannot be a favourite in the match.

PARIS -- It wasn't just in Spain's bad match management against Croatia that there was a valuable lesson leading into what smacks of a predestined meeting with Italy in Paris. Just minutes after Spain's 2-1 defeat to a Croatia side that, by now, is almost home on their sun loungers licking the wounds inflicted by Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, Spain striker Alvaro Morata pointed out that the most demanding thing about the Azzurri is that they are "tactically perfect -- we'll have to put in a perfect...

Spain to stick with passing style against defensive Italy - Thiago

Italy defender Andrea Barzagli says while Italy haven't been pretty to watch, they've gotten results and ready for the same against Spain.

Spain are pledging to stick to their renowned passing game to try to break through Italy's equally famous defence in the round of 16 of Euro 2016 on Monday.

Speaking about the challenge presented by Italy as one of Europe's best defending sides, Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said at a news conference: "It's difficult to score and it's difficult to create opportunities against them."

On Spain's style of play he added: "We got the results with this approach, let's not forget.

"Our football is...