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Thomas Strakosha “made the right choice by going to Lazio, which is fortunate because he was about to join Cardiff City,” said the Albania international’s father.
Marco Verratti has faith Juventus can knock Barcelona out of the Champions League after his Paris Saint-Germain came so close.
Gigi Buffon celebrated his 1,000th match with a 2-0 victory over Albania and assured Italy that Spain “are not unbeatable. We have to believe.”
Ciro Immobile thanked Davide Zappacosta for the cross as he scored in Italy’s 2-0 win over Albania. “It’s always a pleasure with this squad.”
Gianni De Biasi felt Albania “had a more than acceptable performance” in their 2-0 defeat to Italy, “but I was really upset with the throwing of fireworks.”
Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj was unhappy with the referee after Albania’s 2-0 defeat to Italy. “It’s just the result that let us down.”
Daniele De Rossi said it is “a pleasure to play alongside Marco Verratti” and he can see a strong Italy side forming after the win over Albania.
Marco Verratti admits he is still learning “what the Coach wants” in Giampiero Ventura’s Italy after a 2-0 victory over Albania.
Giampiero Ventura is confident Italy “have everything in place to have a strong future” after their 2-0 victory over Albania.
Daniele De Rossi’s penalty and a Ciro Immobile header gave Italy the 2-0 victory over Albania, but play was suspended due to visiting fans throwing fireworks.
Giampiero Ventura is impressed by Italy’s young strikers, but wants the Serie A season brought forward to better prepare for Spain.
Albania Coach Gianni De Biasi can’t wait for tonight’s showdown with Italy to see “how important it’ll be to continue our World Cup dream.”
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match comments from Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Gianni De Biasi’s surprising Albania.
Italy go 4-2-4 against Gianni De Biasi’s Albania in tonight’s World Cup qualifier, starting Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne, Andrea Belotti, Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva.
Roma veteran Francesco Totti has revealed the profession he pursued before he became a footballer – a petrol attendant.
Italy Commissario Tecnico Giampiero Ventura has announced his 23-man squad that will face Albania and the Netherlands.
Italy’s Under-21 side earned a confident 2-1 friendly victory away to the European Championship hosts Poland, even though Alberto Cerri missed a penalty.
Gianluigi Buffon assures “Italy won’t have any problems after me”, thanks to Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mattia Perin and Alex Meret.
Gianni De Biasi would be “the happiest person in the world” if Albania beat Italy but “I don’t know how many miracles Jesus gives you”.
Gianluigi Buffon considers how he’ll finally end his career - “maybe I’ll headbutt someone on the pitch, like Zinedine Zidane…”
Italy CT Giampiero Ventura warns “there are no easy games” ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Albania.
Gianluigi Buffon says “it’s a huge pleasure” to play his 1000th game and jokes “there will be another thousand!”
Italy look likely to go with a 4-2-4 shape when they take on Albania in Palermo tomorrow night.
Albania’s Gianni De Biasi reveals “just one person” stopped him being Italy CT, by vetoing his candidacy.
Patrizia Panico hopes women as Coaches “will become natural as soon as possible” after taking charge the male Italy Under-16 team.