Italy start Ciro Immobile, Andrea Belotti and Marco Verratti in a 3-5-2 formation for the World Cup play-off first leg in Sweden.
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match talk as it happens from the World Cup play-off first leg between Sweden and Italy.
Sweden’s top scorer Marcus Berg believes “we can make it to the World Cup” and praised Coach Janne Andersson ahead of the play-off.
Sweden goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson is excited to meet his “idol” Gigi Buffon in tonight’s World Cup play-off. “We even share the same birthday.”
Gigi Buffon revealed childhood memories of Italy missing a tournament and laughed off his retirement. “The Nazionale will continue without me!”
Zdenek Zeman isn’t surprised by Ciro Immobile’s form this season - “with me he scored 28 goals”.
Lorenzo Insigne’s agent admits 3-5-2 “is not very suited to him” but “I think he could adapt to being the second striker” for Italy.
Filippo Inzaghi believes Italy’s “pace on the counterattack” and Ciro Immobile are the keys to overcoming Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.
Italy Under-21s boss Luigi Di Biagio has hailed the ‘incredible’ impact of Pescara boss Zdenek Zeman on the Azzurri’s young players.
Pescara boss Zdenek Zeman has urged Italy not to overlook Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne for their World Cup playoff against Sweden.
Italy are expected to start Andrea Belotti with Ciro Immobile, while Sweden can rely on Albin Ekdal in the World Cup play-off.
Simone Zaza, Stephan El Shaarawy, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Leonardo Spinazzola are officially out of Italy’s World Cup play-off in Sweden.
While Gigi Buffon wants VAR in the World Cup play-offs, Juventus teammate Sami Khedira calls it “the death of football.”
Giampiero Ventura defended his Italy record ahead of their World Cup play-off with Sweden. “I am satisfied with what we did since my arrival.”
Giampiero Ventura won’t rule Simone Zaza out of the starting XI against Sweden tomorrow, but Andrea Belotti “is ready to contribute.”
Gigi Buffon does “not even want to think about the alternative” of Italy reaching the 2018 World Cup and respects Sweden in the play-off.
Arrigo Sacchi dislikes the Italy squad set to face Sweden for a place in the World Cup. “Nobody in Serie A uses three at the back.”
Join us for the live coverage of Italy’s pre-World Cup play-off Press conference in Sweden with Giampiero Ventura and captain Gigi Buffon.
Gigi Di Biagio insists the Italy Under-21 side’s defeat to Zdenek Zeman’s Serie B team Pescara was “a good test.”
Sweden and Serie A legend Kurt Hamrin insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic was “a weight on their shoulders” and can’t believe Lorenzo Insigne is benched.
Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir will officiate the first leg of Italy’s World Cup play-off with Sweden in Stockholm tomorrow.
Sweden Captain Andreas Granqvist believes “the pressure is all on Italy” ahead of tomorrow’s game.
Sweden Coach Janne Andersson confirms “I’ve already decided” who will play against Italy tomorrow.
Christian Maggio confirms Napoli are aiming for the Scudetto this season, admitting “there’s no point hiding it”.
Simone Zaza pulled up with a knee injury in training today, so he’s a major doubt for Italy’s play-off with Sweden.