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Dino Zoff claims he finds talk of exaggerated criticism towards Giampiero Ventura ‘funny’. “If I remember what they said about poor Enzo Bearzot…”
Alessandro Del Piero is confident Italy have “no problems in attack” for Sweden on Monday, explaining Giampiero Ventura “has real options” at his disposal.
Gianluca Vialli insists Giampiero Ventura “knows what to do” against Sweden and that Italy “made them look better than they actually are.”
Inter have reportedly moved to the top of the queue for Federico Chiesa, despite the winger being set to sign a new contract with Fiorentina.
Alessandro Del Piero admits he ‘hopes’ former Juventus teammate Antonio Conte can return to Italy after his spell with Chelsea.
Italy striker-turned-rock musician Dani Osvaldo says “I like to drink whiskey, smoke a cigarette and do rock and roll, but only whenever I can.”
Inter boss Luciano Spalletti “isn’t surprised” by Joao Mario’s pleas to play more and suggests he would prefer to keep the midfielder than sign Ramires.
Today's front page headlines in English from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Italy are expected to give Jorginho and Manolo Gabbiadini rare competitive starts in the decisive World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Croatia have qualified for the 2018 World Cup, with Ivan Perisic rattling the woodwork, after beating Greece 4-1 on aggregate.
Bari squeezed past Pescara with a deflected Franco Brienza free kick to move within two points of the Serie B leaders.
West Ham United left-back Arthur Masuaku confirms Napoli interest, but “Juventus, Genoa and Milan” are also watching him. “Our objective is Serie A.”
Gonzalo Higuain has been dealing with the secret worry of his mother’s ill health for over a year, revealed the Juventus striker’s brother.
World Cup winner Marco Materazzi sent a message to the Italy squad ahead of their play-off with Sweden. “We are all playing tomorrow.”
Andrea Barzagli called for Italy and the fans to find “unity” ahead of the World Cup play-off against Sweden. “We all want to go to Russia.”
Milan defender Ricardo Rodriguez was decisive to book Switzerland’s spot in the 2018 World Cup against Northern Ireland.
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.
Palermo conquered Cremonese to go top, Venezia and Parma marched on and Cesena were pegged back by 10-man Salernitana in a six-goal thriller.
Inter are seeking an experienced defender on loan in January, with Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala and Thomas Vermaelen of Barcelona as options.
Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Saponara can’t wait to get back on track after his ankle injury, but accused Coach Paulo Sousa of “lying.”
Atletico Madrid full-back Sime Vrsaljko “won’t comment” on reports he’s heading for Napoli, but denies clashes with Diego Simeone.
Milan defender Gustavo Gomez could be heading for the exit in January, as Boca Juniors are interested in a swoop.
Gonzalo Higuain “was so happy” when he signed for Juventus and could not have asked for more after leaving Napoli, said his brother Nicolas.
Josip Ilicic admits he’s never worked so hard as with Atalanta, but it’s paying off, even if he feels bad for fellow Slovenian Jasmin Kurtic.
Milan are renewing their interest in Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj for the January transfer window.
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.”