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.”
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio insists “this is not the time for words” after Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden.
Ternana Coach Sandro Pochesci went on a remarkable rant after Italy’s defeat to Sweden, who he claims are “on the level of a third division side.”
Antonio Candreva urged Italy fans to make San Siro “a cauldron” for the World Cup play-off against Sweden on Monday.
Paolo Di Canio says it would be a ‘disaster’ for Italian football if the Nazionale fail to qualify for the World Cup.
Match-winner Jakob Johansson says Leonardo Bonucci can ‘say what he wants’ after the Italy defender complained about Sweden’s physical tactics.
Luigi Del Neri wants Italy’s players, coaches and fans to unite as one for the World Cup play-off return leg with Sweden.
Gianni De Biasi believes Italy were ‘unlucky’ in their 1-0 defeat to Sweden and says the Azzurri should be optimistic about turning the tie around.
Italy will still reach the 2018 World Cup with the help of the San Siro crowd, according to former Inter player Evaristo Beccalossi.
Roma great Francesco Totti admits the only regret of his career is that he ‘did not win much.’
While there are growing calls for Italy to hire Carlo Ancelotti, it’s reported Croatia are closer to the ex-Bayern Munich boss.
Italy tactical and personnel decisions caused confusion and consternation in the World Cup play-off with Sweden, writes Marcello Cossali-Francis.
A moment from Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden has gone viral, as Lorenzo Insigne tried to explain to teammates why he was in midfield.
Bologna and Sweden defender Emil Krafth maintains Italy “are still the favourites” to reach the World Cup even after a 1-0 first leg defeat.
Andrea Pirlo urged Giampiero Ventura to adopt a 4-3-3 formation for Italy’s World Cup play-off against Sweden after a 1-0 defeat.
Gigi Buffon contradicted many of Giampiero Ventura’s comments after Italy lost in Sweden. “We must avoid feeling unlucky.”
Sweden Coach Janne Andersson admired the “physical match” to beat Italy 1-0 in their World Cup play-off, but “we’re only halfway through.”
Italy slumped to defeat in the first leg of their World Cup play-off with Sweden, leaving them with an uphill battle at San Siro on Monday.
Leonardo Bonucci claims Ola Toivonen “broke my nose after 30 seconds and should’ve been sent off” in Italy’s World Cup play-off in Sweden.
Giampiero Ventura maintains Italy’s 1-0 defeat to Sweden “changes nothing” in the World Cup play-off and defended Marco Verratti.
Sweden striker Marcus Berg claims he had to rein it in after a yellow card in the opening minute, but “Italy were trying to get me sent off.”
Lorenzo Insigne confirms he was asked to take over Marco Verratti’s midfield role during Italy’s 1-0 World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden.