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Tuesday September 24 2019
Emerson to miss two Italy games

Chelsea have confirmed Italy international left-back Emerson Palmieri will be out for at least four weeks, missing two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Brazil-born former Roma player limped off during the Premier League game with Liverpool at the weekend.

“Emerson now won't be back until the other side of the international break,” explained Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

“It will be a few weeks because it is the recurrence of an injury, so we have to be a bit careful with it.”

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Tuesday September 24 2019
Report: Milan rejected Abraham

Milan turned down the opportunity to sign Tammy Abraham this summer, claim Italian reports, before he became a Chelsea sensation.

There had indeed been reports the striker was in talks for a move to Serie A following his impressive showing on loan with Aston Villa last season.

However, Tuttomercatoweb now maintain it was Milan who pulled the plug on the deal, considering Abraham too inexperienced at the top level.

He turns 22 next week and has this season scored seven goals in six Premier League games.

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Saturday September 21 2019
Conte: 'Italian fans regressed'

Inter Coach Antonio Conte feels “Italy has regressed” over the last three years in terms of racism, but not just that. “People just want to insult others.”

The former Juventus and Chelsea manager returned to Serie A this season and was struck by the difference in attitude.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
Sarri: 'Juve and 10-12 teams'

Maurizio Sarri wants Juventus to “enjoy our football” against Atletico Madrid. “There are 10-12 Champions League teams with the same resources as us.”

It kicks off on Wednesday at the Wanda Metropolitano at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“Miralem Pjanic is available, he trained regularly with the group today and we’ll see if he starts or not,” said the Coach in a Press conference.

Juve won the last eight Serie A titles in a row, but see the Champions League as something of an obsession.

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Monday September 16 2019
Conte: Italy has tactics problem

Inter boss Antonio Conte has criticised the Italian Press for being too ‘fixated’ on formations. “They don’t give a damn in England!”

Conte has begun his Inter reign with a back three, and the Coach reacted angrily to being asked whether he would switch to a four-man defence against Slavia Prague in Tuesday’s Champions League opener.

“Do they say that I’m more a League coach than a European one? You live by clichés...” the former Chelsea boss said at a Press conference.

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Monday September 9 2019
Jorginho at Chelsea 'four more years'

Jorginho intends to stay at Chelsea “for at least another four years,” said his agent, who also denied any Maurizio Sarri call from Juventus.

The midfielder followed Sarri to Stamford Bridge from Napoli last year and won the Europa League, so there were naturally reports the pair would be reunited again at Juve.

“No, nothing of the sort happened,” agent Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Monday September 9 2019
Italy Finnish the job

The Azzurri made it six wins out of six in Euro 2020 qualifying and Elio Salerno explains some of the tactical adjustments made to beat Finland.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy took a giant step toward qualification for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought victory over Group J rivals Finland.

He chose to make five changes to the team that had beaten Armenia three days prior. Lazio centre-back Francesco Acerbi made his competitive debut for Italy with Armando Izzo, Stefano Sensi, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Ciro Immobile completing a much changed XI.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Mancini: 'Emerson injury not serious'

Roberto Mancini assures Emerson Palmieri’s injury while on international duty with Italy was “nothing serious.”

The Chelsea left-back started tonight’s 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifier in Finland, but lasted only eight minutes before limping off.

He pulled up when chasing down Teemu Pukki on the counter-attack and immediately asked to be substituted.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Emerson injury for Italy

Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri limped off just eight minutes into Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland.

The Brazil-born player sprinted half the length of the field to chase down Teemu Pukki and limit a dangerous counter-attack.

He pulled up at the end of the run and immediately asked to come off.

Alessandro Florenzi replaced Emerson as a makeshift left-back, as the Italy injury crisis intensifies.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Probable line-ups: Finland v Italy

Lorenzo Pellegrini is expected to start for Italy against Teemu Pukki’s Finland in this evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier, with several defensive changes.

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) in Tampere.

The Azzurri have a 100 per cent record in Group J and Finland have won their last four in a row with clean sheets, losing only the opener 2-0 to Italy in Udine, with goals from Nicolò Barella and Moise Kean.

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