LIVEBLOG: Italy v Germany
Join us for all the build-up and action from tonight’s international friendly between Italy and Germany at San Siro.
Balotelli: 'If I'm fit, I start anywhere'
Mario Balotelli believes he can “start in any team in the world. If I’m not playing for Italy, it means I have to do more, not that someone else is more talented.”
VAR test in Italy-Germany
Tonight’s friendly between Italy and Germany will be another opportunity to test VAR – Video Assistant Referee – technology.
Balotelli: 'I almost joined Juve'
Mario Balotelli reveals he almost joined Juventus before going to Milan and pledges to “fly a helicopter over Nice” if OGC win Ligue 1.
Pirlo: ‘Juventus perfect for me’
Andrea Pirlo explains his decision to leave Milan for Juventus, and admits “thorn in my side” at not playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Lippi: ‘Belotti should be Italy’s striker’
Marcello Lippi believes Italy “have found their striker for the present and the future” in the form of Andrea Belotti.
Donnarumma wants Milan renewal
Gianluigi Donnarumma’s priority is still a Milan renewal, despite reported interest from Juventus.
‘Verratti Italy’s future and present’
Thiago Motta believes his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marco Verratti is “the future and also the present” of Italy.
Montolivo: ‘Ignore online critics’
Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo says he’s stronger than the “legions of imbeciles” who attack him on social media.
Capello: ‘Juventus have no rivals’
Fabio Capello dismisses Massimiliano Allegri’s comparisons - “the current Juventus have no opponents”.
Candreva doubt for Germany
Antonio Candreva picked up a muscular strain, and is a doubt for Italy’s game against Germany tomorrow.
Marotta: ‘Witsel? We’ll see…’
Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta isn’t sure they’ll sign Axel Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg in January.
Immobile slams Dortmund ‘lies’
Ciro Immobile has slammed the “lies” from his spell with Borussia Dortmund as Gianluigi Buffon “is still better than Manuel Neuer” ahead of Italy-Germany.
Zaza: Immobile an example
Simone Zaza intends to use Ciro Immobile as a reference for re-establishing himself as an Italy striker. “He showed things can change...”
Zaza reveals penalty hell
Simone Zaza has revealed for the first time the “suffering” that has haunted him since his penalty miss for Italy against Germany in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
Belotti: 'I study Aguero'
Italy striker Andrea Belotti admits that Andriy Shevchenko 'is his idol' but he studies Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
Ventura: 'Germany not a friendly'
Italy CT Giampiero Ventura says Tuesday's game with Germany is 'not a game played among friends.'
Politano and Eder knocks for Italy
Sassuolo forward Matteo Politano skipped training today, while Italy are testing a 3-4-3 formation against Germany.
Di Biagio: 'Belotti best Italian striker'
Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio believes Andrea Belotti “has been the best Italian striker of the last two years.”
Lapadula: 'In love with Milan'
Gianluca Lapadula reveals he started out as a goalkeeper and “immediately fell in love” with Milan.
Italy go back to 3-5-2 with Germany
Italy look set for a return to the 3-5-2 system for Tuesday’s friendly against Germany and Gianluigi Donnarumma could start.
Ventura plans young Italy get-together
Giampiero Ventura is set to call promising young players for an Italy training camp, including Marco Benassi, Antonio Barreca and Manuel Locatelli.
Oriali: 'Italy-Germany never friendly'
Italy team manager Lele Oriali warns “it’s never a friendly against Germany, as it’s always a spectacular and hard-fought battle.”
Conte: 'Right time for Chelsea'
Antonio Conte thinks he is “in the right moment of my life” to experience Chelsea and English football, including their packed Christmas schedule.
Ventura: 'Different Italy with Germany'
Giampiero Ventura admits Italy “cannot play the same way” against Germany after testing the 4-2-4 system with Liechtenstein.
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