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Saturday October 10 2015
Conte: 'Italy are improving'

Antonio Conte said “there was nothing easy” about qualifying for Euro 2016 and he saw “improving” Italy in Azerbaijan.

The 3-1 victory in Baku proved enough to book their spot in the tournament next summer.

“Now that we have secured qualification it might’ve seemed easy, but there was nothing easy about it,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Saturday October 10 2015
Azzurri secure Euro 2016 in Azerbaijan

Italy qualified for Euro 2016 with a 3-1 victory in Azerbaijan, as Eder, Stephan El Shaarawy and Matteo Darmian were on target.

With Andrea Pirlo, Domenico Berardi and Lorenzo Insigne injured, plus Daniele De Rossi suspended, Antonio Conte switched to an attack-minded 4-4-2 approach with Marco Verratti pulling the midfield strings. A victory would mathematically qualify Italy for Euro 2016 and they’d won all three previous meetings with Azerbaijan, home and away, though the most recent visit to Baku was in September 2002.

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Saturday October 10 2015
Line-ups: Azerbaijan-Italy

Italy go for a very attack-minded version of 4-4-2 with Antonio Candreva and Stephan El Shaarawy in Azerbaijan.

It kicks off in Baku at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), follow the action and give your views on our LIVEBLOG.

A victory would mathematically secure the Azzurri’s spot in Euro 2016.

Coach Antonio Conte has to deal with injuries to Domenico Berardi, Andrea Pirlo and Lorenzo Insigne, while Daniele De Rossi is suspended.

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Saturday October 10 2015
LIVEBLOG: Azerbaijan v Italy

Italy can clinch their spot in Euro 2016 with a victory in Baku, but Azerbaijan are unbeaten in four qualifiers.

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT) and three points would mathematically send the Azzurri into the tournament.

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This is only Italy’s second ever visit to Azerbaijan after a 2-0 victory in September 2012.

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Saturday October 10 2015
Conte: 'Italy renewal on ice'

Antonio Conte warned any talk of an Italy contract extension is “on ice” until Euro 2016 and urged focus on Azerbaijan.

The Azzurri kick off their qualifier in Baku today at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

“The issue of my contract is not controversial,” assured the Azzurri Coach on Rai Sport.

“It simply comes after other priorities. Right now I am focused on qualifying for the Euros and making the Italian people proud of this Nazionale with a great tournament.

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Saturday October 10 2015
Buffon: 'Italy almost a Conte side'

Gigi Buffon said Italy are still en route to becoming “an Antonio Conte side” and is happy to be back in Azerbaijan.

The Azzurri play today’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Baku at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT) and a victory would secure their spot in the tournament.

“I know the Coach very well, I know the way we train, so seeing the intensity and energy we put into training bodes well,” the goalkeeper told Rai Sport.

“We are trying to simplify matters to make it an even shorter journey to becoming an Antonio Conte side.

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Saturday October 10 2015
Italy go 4-4-2 in Azerbaijan

Italy visit Azerbaijan today and could clinch a place at Euro 2016, but the hosts are unbeaten in four games.

It kicks off in Baku at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT) and the Azzurri currently top Group H on 18 points, followed by Norway on 16 and Croatia 14.

Azerbaijan only have six, but are on a four-game unbeaten streak since Robert Prosinecki was appointed Coach, so Antonio Conte warned they are not to be underestimated.

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Friday October 9 2015
Conte: ‘Azerbaijan not easy’

Italy CT Antonio Conte warns the Euro 2016 qualifier with Azerbaijan “will not be a walkover”.

The Azzurri can officially seal their place in this summer’s competition in France with a win in Baku, but the Coach is keen to guard against complacency.

“In their last four games they’ve had good results,” Conte pointed out, speaking to Sky.

“They held Croatia, and then Norway, and they’re our direct rivals. They’re a good team, they’ve grown a lot.

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Friday October 9 2015
Buffon: ‘Big chance for Italy’

Captain Gigi Buffon says Italy have a “big chance” to seal Euro 2016 qualification tomorrow night.

The Azzurri face Azerbaijan in Baku, knowing that three points will make them mathematically certain of qualification for the tournament in France next summer.

“We have a big chance which we have to take,” Buffon noted in the pre-match Press conference.

“We have to leave the field with no regrets. It’s always nice to play big games like this.”

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Friday October 9 2015
Conte: ‘Contract not a priority’

CT Antonio Conte is not thinking about his Italy contract - “it’s not a priority”.

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has repeatedly said he would like to see the Azzurri boss stay on beyond the end of his current deal, which expires after the European Championships.

“I’m not thinking about the contract,” Conte told reporters in his Press conference ahead of the match with Azerbaijan.

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