AZZURRI

Sandro Poschesci, the Ternana Coach who went viral for his rant against Italy and Sweden, has apologised to Giampiero Ventura.
Andreas Granqvist warns Sweden “have nothing to lose, so the pressure is all on Italy. A clean sheet will take us to the World Cup.”
Sweden Coach Janne Andersson confirmed Albin Ekdal is out of the World Cup play-off against Italy, but they remain confident of qualification.
Sweden are expected to bring in Mikael Lustig and Jakob Johansson for the decisive World Cup play-off with Italy.
Sky Sport Italia report Italy will face Sweden with a 3-5-2 formation, starting Jorginho and Manolo Gabbiadini, but not Lorenzo Insigne.
Fabio Capello believes Carlo Ancelotti is the right man to lead Italy, rules himself out, and criticises the Azzurri performance against Sweden.
Manuel Locatelli is proud to wear the captain’s armband for the Italy Under-21 side against Russia, joined by Milan teammate Patrick Cutrone.
Gigi Buffon again seemed to go against Coach Giampiero Ventura’s comments. “Italy must not get accustomed to mediocrity.”
Giampiero Ventura said he’ll “reflect” if Italy fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but is “amazed people are surprised we’re in the play-offs.”
Gigi Buffon insists his Italy career is “irrelevant” in the World Cup play-off with Sweden. “It’s for the Nazionale, the fans and our entire football movement.”
Giampiero Ventura confirmed Italy “will change something” for their World Cup play-off with Sweden, but “we need tactics, heart and determination.”
Italy risk missing their first World Cup since 1958 and one of the players in that squad, Gino Pivatelli, reveals “we had to live with that for the rest of our lives.”
The 74,000 fans at San Siro will turn into a giant Italy flag for the crucial World Cup play-off against Sweden on Monday.
Marco Tardelli tore the Italy squad to shreds, above all Marco Verratti, and warns “if they play like they did against Sweden, it’s best to avoid the World Cup.”
Italy gamble their last chips to reach the 2018 World Cup tomorrow, but it’s not clear which system will be used against Sweden.
Bologna and Sweden full-back Emil Krafth admits he was overjoyed when discovering he’d face Matteo Darmian rather than Lorenzo Insigne.
Italy could sack Giampiero Ventura even if they qualify for the World Cup, with Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Gigi Di Biagio as alternatives.
Sweden international Albin Ekdal “expected Italy to be stronger, but everything could change” in the second leg of the World Cup play-off.
Andrea Barzagli feels “tension, as there is so much at stake, but we are Italy and must get back on our feet” in the World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Italy legend Giancarlo Antognoni believes they can “turn this around” in the second leg of the World Cup play-off with Sweden.
With Marco Verratti suspended, Italy could go 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 in the second leg of the World Cup play-off against Sweden.
CONI President Giovanni Malagò urged Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura to “learn from all the mistakes” in the World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Andrea Stramaccioni warns Giampiero Ventura cannot be expected to use a 4-3-3 system for Italy and he wouldn’t want Lorenzo Insigne.
X-Rays showed Leonardo Bonucci fractured his nose after an elbow from Ola Toivonen, but should still play for Italy against Sweden on Monday.
Damiano Tommasi believes Italy have a “50 per cent chance” of qualifying for the World Cup, as Sweden “are a different team away from home.”