LIVEBLOG: Belgium v Italy
Join us for the build-up and action from Italy’s Euro 2016 opener against Belgium in Lyon.
Ranieri: 'Italy like Leicester'
Claudio Ranieri feels “this Italy side has the same spirit as my Leicester City,” but has no intention of being Azzurri boss one day.
Bonucci: ‘Italy aiming for Quarters’
Leonardo Bonucci admits Italy are “less frightening” but aims “to get to at least the Quarter-Finals”.
Gattuso: 'Conte among world's best'
Veteran Gennaro Gattuso says ahead of tonight's Italy-Belgium game that 'Antonio Conte is among the best Coaches in the world'.
Ibra: 'Strong for Sweden'
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he 'feels stronger every year' as he prepares to face the Republic of Ireland, in the same group as the Azzurri
Behrami: 'Italy too pessimistic'
Switzerland international Valon Behrami thinks the Azzurri are 'too pessimistic, you have the right formation to hurt Belgium'.
Italy: Eder to start
Eder and Graziano Pelle look set to start for Italy, while Belgium will field Marouane Fellaini in their Euro 2016 opener.
Conte 'best Coach at Euro 2016'
Ex-Milan and Italy defender Alessandro Costacurta believes Antonio Conte is “the best Coach at Euro 2016.”
Buffon: 'My final Euros'
Gigi Buffon is well aware this is his final European Championship and has the experience to enjoy it. “We can prove ourselves.”
Conte: 'Italy-Belgium entertaining'
Antonio Conte wants “no regrets” and expects Belgium v Italy to be “one of the most interesting games of Euro 2016.”
De Sciglio: 'I'll never be a Coach'
Mattia De Sciglio revealed the biggest jokers in the Italy squad, Paolo Maldini inspiration and why he’ll never be a Coach.
Wilmots: 'Italy tactically inventive'
Marc Wilmots admits Italy could “invent something unexpected” on a tactical level, but Belgium are ready for them.
Hazard: 'I'll impress Conte'
Eden Hazard can’t wait to face Antonio Conte and Gigi Buffon, but hopes Belgium get “at least a draw” with Italy.
Scifo: 'Italy will trouble Belgium'
Enzo Scifo warns “Italy will cause Belgium problems” in Lyon tomorrow evening.
Darmian and Eder start for Italy
Italy had their final training session today ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Belgium and Antonio Conte is making surprise changes.
Tavecchio: 'Conte a real commander'
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio said Antonio Conte is “proving himself to be a real commander” for Italy at Euro 2016.
Juventus turn to Lukaku
Belgium international hitman Romelu Lukaku is increasingly linked with Juventus if Real Madrid buy back Alvaro Morata.
Man Utd €100m for Verratti?
Marco Verratti could follow PSG teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United for €100m, according to the Corriere dello Sport.
Lapadula 'wants to play for Italy'
Gianluca Lapadula’s future is up in the air, said his agent, but the Pescara hitman is set to choose Italy rather than Peru.
Ogbonna: 'Ventura right for Italy'
Angelo Ogbonna trusts Giampiero Ventura is the right Coach to take over the Italy squad. “He has a well-defined style of football.”
Eder in, El Shaarawy out?
Eder and Daniele De Rossi are tipped to start for Italy against Belgium on Monday night, while Stephan El Shaarawy is in the balance.
Rossi: 'Italy uncertainty damaging'
Italy legend Paolo Rossi feels the “uncertainty” in attack will prove to be a problem for Antonio Conte.
Nainggolan contests Conte quote
Radja Nainggolan denied telling reporters: “Antonio Conte really wants me at Chelsea and I hear strange voices from Roma.”
Fellaini: 'Belgian balls against Italy'
Marouane Fellaini said Belgium “need to play with balls” against Italy in their Euro 2016 opener on Monday.
Wilmots: 'Belgium can surprise Italy'
Marc Wilmots insists Belgium “want to win” against Italy and uses criticism of his defence to spur them on.
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