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Friday October 10 2014
Conte: 'Italy too wasteful'

Antonio Conte warned Italy “wasted too much” in their 2-1 victory over an Azerbaijan side that “came here to stop us playing.”

The Azzurri continued their winning streak under the new Coach at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo, even though they conceded their first goal.

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Friday October 10 2014
Chiellini Italy hero and villain

Giorgio Chiellini incredibly scored a brace for Italy and an own goal in the stuttering 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan.

Elsewhere in this group, Croatia won 1-0 in Bulgaria and Norway flattened Malta 3-0.

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Friday October 10 2014
Oriali: 'Azerbaijan like a Final'

Italy team manager Lele Oriali said Antonio Conte prepared the match with Azerbaijan “like a Final.”

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Friday October 10 2014
Line-ups: Italy-Azerbaijan

Andrea Pirlo, Simone Zaza and Ciro Immobile start tonight in Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Azerbaijan.

It kicks off at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) and follows on from their 2-0 win away to Norway.

The Azzurri will travel to Malta for Monday evening’s Group H match.

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Friday October 10 2014
Pirlo to start against Azerbaijan

Antonio Conte is expected to run a heavily Juventus-influenced Italy XI against Azerbaijan, including Andrea Pirlo.

The Azzurri face off against Berti Vogts’ side on Friday evening at the Renzo Barbera in the second round of Euro 2016 group stage qualification.

For the game in Palermo, expectation remains that Conte will select the returning Pirlo in central midfield and support him with Claudio Marchisio and Alessandro Florenzi.

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Thursday October 9 2014
Conte: No easy games for Italy

Antonio Conte has warned his Italy players not to take their Euro 2016 qualification for granted, as he pays respect to Azerbaijan.

Berti Vogts’ side are at the Renzo Barbera tomorrow evening very much as the underdogs in this qualifying match, but with the Azzurri’s CT keen that his players don’t relax.

“Anyone who knows me knows that there are no easy matches,” Conte has told reporters in his Press conference.

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Thursday October 9 2014
Pirlo: Return down to Conte

Andrea Pirlo says that Antonio Conte is the only Coach who could have convinced him to return to the Italy set-up.

The midfielder did confirm after the World Cup that he would be willing to reconsider his intended international retirement and, since Conte’s appointment, followed through on that U-turn.

Back in the squad for the first time since, as an early-week replacement for Giacomo Bonaventura, the playmaker discussed his return with the media.

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Thursday October 9 2014
Vogts: Italy will get many chances

Berti Vogts expresses his fondness for Italy and asserts they will have ‘many chances’ to defeat his Azerbaijan, but that his players will hold no fear.

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Wednesday October 8 2014
Candreva or Darmian vs Azerbaijan

It’s reported Antonio Candreva and Matteo Darmian are battling for one starting spot in Italy’s qualifier with Azerbaijan.

The Euro 2016 group game is at the Stadio Barbera in Palermo on Friday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

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Wednesday October 8 2014
Zaza on Immobile and Balotelli

Simone Zaza thanked Ciro Immobile for helping him settle into the Italy squad, but also said “Mario Balotelli is one of my favourites.”

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