LIVEBLOG: Italy v Portugal
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Italy continue using the 4-3-3 formation in tonight’s international friendly against Portugal.
Nedved tips Italy for U21
Pavel Nedved tipped Italy to win the European Under-21 Championship. “They are among the favourites.”
Tavecchio: ‘Conte for 2018’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio says he ‘would not be surprised’ to see Italy CT Antonio Conte stay until the 2018 World Cup.
Conte: ‘I've suprised myself’
Antonio Conte says he’s been ‘pleasantly surprised’ by his transformation from Coach to being Italy CT.
Bonucci: ‘Prandelli wasted time’
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci says they ‘wasted time on tests and analysis’ under Cesare Prandelli.
Conte announces Italy team
Italy CT Antonio Conte announces his team for tomorrow’s friendly with Portugal, and will stick with a 4-3-3 formation.
Conte: ‘I still want to win’
Antonio Conte says his Italy side will do their utmost to beat Portugal, even though it’s a friendly - “I hate the word ‘defeat’”.
Conte: ‘Never thought of leaving’
Italy CT Antonio Conte insists ‘I never considered the idea of leaving’ but admits he’s had ‘difficult moments’.
Pelle: 'Conte motivates me'
Graziano Pellè explained how Italy Coach Antonio Conte “really motivates me to always do better.”
Ronaldo out of Italy friendly
Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Portugal’s friendly against Italy in Geneva on Tuesday evening.
Vazquez relishes Italy trident
Palermo forward Franco Vazquez is enjoying Italy’s new shape. “I can cut in and shoot with my left foot.”
New Italy impressed Immobile
Italy’s new 4-3-3 formation impressed Ciro Immobile and he hopes to start against Portugal on Tuesday.
De Silvestri has surgery
Sampdoria’s Lorenzo De Silvestri went under the knife today to correct a double knee injury.
Tavecchio: 'U21 Euro objective'
Italy begin their European Under-21 Championship campaign and Carlo Tavecchio called it “the training ground for the Nazionale.”
De Rossi out of Italy-Portugal
Gigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi have left the Italy camp ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Portugal.
'Hooligans aim to discredit Croatia'
Croatia’s government condemned the swastika drawn on to the pitch during their Euro 2016 qualifier with Italy.
De Silvestri ligament damage
Lorenzo De Silvestri tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus in his right knee during Croatia-Italy.
Croatia shamed by swastika
Croatia’s players and Coach Niko Kovac were stunned by a swastika etched into the turf for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.
El Shaarawy thanks Conte and Milan
Stephan El Shaarawy thanked Antonio Conte for his Italy recall and welcomed Jackson Martinez to Milan.
Bonucci: 'Italy naive in Croatia'
Leonardo Bonucci felt Italy were “naïve” in their draw with Croatia. “We could’ve taken all three points.”
Croatia apologise for swastika
Croatia apologised to Italy after a swastika was mowed into the pitch. “It’s shameful for the whole country.”
Darmian: 'Not easy to react'
Matteo Darmian points out it was “not easy” for Italy to get over the controversial Croatia goal in their 1-1 draw.
Pelle: 'Atkinson at fault'
Graziano Pellè felt referee Martin Atkinson “should’ve shown common sense” in Italy’s draw with Croatia.
De Silvestri and Buffon injuries
Lorenzo De Silvestri needs knee ligament tests, while Gigi Buffon required 10 stitches after Croatia 1-1 Italy.
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