“Lorenzo Insigne would’ve been the perfect replacement for Neymar at Barcelona,” insists Arrigo Sacchi. “He’s the greatest Italian talent in 10 years.”
Arrigo Sacchi outlined the historic differences between Italian and Spanish football, how Giampiero Ventura and Maurizio Sarri “raised the cultural level.”
Sergio Ramos assures “Spain-Italy is one of the most beautiful games you can watch in the world and everyone will talk about it.”
Italy look set to field a 4-2-4 formation against Spain tonight, with Lorenzo Insigne, Antonio Candreva, Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile.
Lorenzo Insigne will wear Number 10 for Italy at the Bernabeu against Spain in tonight’s World Cup qualifier, but Riccardo Montolivo is left out.
Italy’s Under-21s were thrashed 3-0 by Spain in a friendly, including a strike from Real Madrid’s Borja Mayoral.
Italy have received a good luck message from space for tomorrow’s match with Spain.
Giampiero Ventura believes his Italy can do “important things” against Spain but “it’s one thing saying it, it’s another doing it”.
Gianluigi Buffon believes Italy’s first game with Spain “doesn’t much affect” Saturday as “there’s been a year of rebuilding”.
Alvaro Morata describes Gianluigi Buffon as “an alien” while Giorgio Chellini is more like a gorilla.
Andres Iniesta has pinpointed “extraordinary” Italy midfielder Marco Verratti as a threat to Spain on Saturday.
Spain’s Nacho Fernandez admits “I watch a lot” of Italy’s BBC back three and that Leonardo Bonucci is his favourite out of the trio.
Juventus have confirmed that Giorgio Chiellini has left Italy’s training camp with a calf problem, ruling him out of World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Israel.
Italy are reportedly likely to go 3-4-1-2, with Marco Verratti as a No 10 and no Lorenzo Insigne, against Spain on Saturday.
There are unconfirmed reports that Giorgio Chiellini will miss Italy's World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Israel with a calf injury.
Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has warned that Italy “require us to reach the thresholds of excellence” on Saturday.
Lorenzo Insigne insists Italy are going to Spain on Saturday to win as “a draw doesn’t do anything for us.”
Pepe Reina is “very happy” to stay at Napoli, and confirms he’ll remain as long as “nothing serious happens” before the deadline.
Torino have officially sent Italy Under-21 international Vittorio Parigini to Benevento, on loan with option to buy.
Chelsea have reportedly agreed a €25m deal for Torino full-back Davide Zappacosta.
Daniele De Rossi says the Spain game is “like a final” for Italy, and enjoys Roma being “under the Scudetto radar”.
Marco Verratti believes Italy have “nothing to lose” against Spain on Saturday and that “nothing is impossible” for Paris Saint-Germain after Neymar’s arrival.
Italy are planning to use Marco Verratti as a trequartista behind Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile in the World Cup qualifier against Spain.
Suso says Milan teammate Leonardo Bonucci told him “there will be some surprises” from Italy on Saturday.
Giorgio Chiellini says Federico Bernardeschi must keep working to reach the right level - “playing for Juventus is different to playing for Fiorentina”.