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Roberto Gagliardini is backing “great player” and former teammate Leonardo Spinazzola to star again for Atalanta this season.
Former Italy CT Roberto Donadoni believes there is no use looking for “scapegoats” but is confident “we’ll pull through” in the World Cup playoffs.
Roberto Insigne claims criticism of brother Lorenzo for Italy is “unfair” as “he didn’t play by himself” against Spain.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio affirms his faith in Giampiero Ventura “but if we don’t qualify it would be an apocalypse”.
Mino Raiola insists “Italy don’t have a better striker than Mario Balotelli” and says Juventus “are still the team to beat”.
Mino Raiola hits back at Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis over Lorenzo Insigne but insists “we’re not enemies”.
Mino Raiola is “waiting for an apology” from Milan fans after “we satisfied Gigio Donnarumma’s desire to stay”.
Gianluigi Buffon admits he could have done better with Spain’s goals and that “I didn’t expect them to be so much better” than Italy.
Gianluigi Buffon has revealed the inspiration behind him becoming a goalkeeper – former Cameroon goalkeeper Thomas N’Kono.
Wanda Nara reveals Italy “tried to call up Mauro Icardi 2-3 times” and insists there was no love triangle with Maxi Lopez. “He cheated…”
Lorenzo Insigne’s brother has blasted Giampiero Ventura for playing the Napoli star out of position for Italy.
Demetrio Albertini warns Italy fans not to press the panic button after a 3-0 defeat to Spain, but “naturally we expect more” from Marco Verratti.
Zinedine Zidane admits he is “not proud” of the infamous World Cup Final headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
Italy were thrashed 3-0 by Spain, as CT Giampiero Ventura’s decision to use a 4-2-4 formation in the Bernabeu backfired.
Torino President Urbano Cairo urged Italy fans to stand up for Coach Giampiero Ventura after a 3-0 defeat to Spain. “He was a little too daring.”
Verona striker Moise Kean and Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca have been thrown out of the Italy U-19 squad for “disciplinary reasons.”
Francesco Totti described his perfect Number 10, including elements from Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and himself.
Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio expects “a very different match” against Slovenia tomorrow after their loss to Spain.
Hellas Verona defender Gian Filippo Felicioli has left the Italy Under-21 camp due to an injury.
Lorenzo Insigne hit back after Gianni Rivera complained “they give the Number 10 shirt to anyone now, even goalkeepers or Insigne.”
New Chelsea buy Davide Zappacosta has been called up by Italy for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Israel.
Zibi Boniek assures Italy “did not play badly, it’s just that Spain were playing at a very high level. They’ll be favourites in the play-offs.”
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Alessandro ‘Spillo’ Altobelli explained what went horribly wrong as Italy lost 3-0 to Spain in their World Cup qualifier. “Decisions were wrong.”
Wayne Rooney felt Fabio Capello had to leave the England job because he and his staff were cheering on Italy.