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Friday November 16 2018
Kean to get Italy call

Moise Kean will be called up to the Italy squad for the friendly against the U.S.A, along with Atalanta’s Gianluca Mancini.

The Juventus forward has been a prodigious scorer at youth level, scoring four goals at last summer’s Under-19 European Championships.

He has two goals in three games for the Under-21s, and will be promoted to the senior squad for the friendly in Belgium.

“Two players from the Under-21s will arrive, Kean and Mancini,” Italy CT Roberto Mancini confirmed today.

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Friday November 16 2018
Chiellini: ‘I’m not irreplaceable’

Giorgio Chiellini insists “I’m not irreplaceable” for Italy - though he is the top-scorer in the current squad.

The centre-back appeared to call time on his international career after the play-off defeat to Sweden, but he’s back in the squad and will win his 100th cap tomorrow.

“It’s a dream I’ve had since I was a kid,” Chiellini said in the Press conference ahead of the Portugal match.

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Friday November 16 2018
‘Portugal are European champions…’

Roberto Mancini doesn’t think Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence is a huge boost for Italy - “Portugal are European champions…”

The Azzurri must beat Fernando Santos’ side tomorrow to have any chance of reaching the Nations League finals, and CR7 isn’t in the squad.

“Portugal have Bruma and Rafa Silva, they’re European champions,” Mancini pointed out in his pre-match Press conference.

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Friday November 16 2018
Mancini: ‘Important to play youngsters’

Italy CT Roberto Mancini defends his decision to play young players in the Nations League - “if you never play it’s difficult”.

The Azzurri can still qualify for the finals if they beat Portugal tomorrow night, but they then need Poland to get a result in the final match.

That predicament is due to a slow start which saw a draw with the Poles, and defeat in Lisbon with a team featuring the likes of Manuel Lazzari, Mattia Caldara and Bryan Cristante.

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Friday November 16 2018
Carvalho: ‘San Siro is difficult’

William Carvalho expects “a difficult atmosphere” for Portugal at San Siro tomorrow, as they face Italy in the Nations League.

Around 70,000 fans are expected for the match, which the Azzurri have to win to have any chance of reaching the finals.

Italy have never lost at San Siro, with 31 wins and 12 draws in 42 matches so far.

“It’s a stadium where great players have played,” Carvalho acknowledged in the pre-match Press conference.

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Friday November 16 2018
‘Portugal not here to defend’

Portugal Coach Fernando Santos declares “we’re not here to play on the counter-attack”, ahead of the crunch Nations League game with Italy.

The visitors will qualify for the finals with a draw, while Italy have to win to have any chance of finishing top of the group.

A 1-0 win for the Azzurri would mean they need a win for Poland in the final game, as Portugal would have scored more goals.

If Italy win and score two or more goals, a draw in the final match will see them through.

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Friday November 16 2018
Sky: Romagnoli out of Italy squad

Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli has reportedly pulled out of the Italy squad with a muscle injury.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Romagnoli suffered a ‘muscle contracture’ just a day before Italy’s Nations League match against Portugal.

Consequently, the broadcaster claims the 23-year-old is leaving the Azzurri’s training camp and will be replaced by Francesco Acerbi.

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Friday November 16 2018
Italy look to new 'oriundi'?

Italy CT Roberto Mancini is reportedly tracking foreign-born Sebastian Driussi, Ignacio Pussetto and Luiz Felipe.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Mancini is looking to players with Italian passports who have not been called up by their respective national teams.

The first player on his list would be striker Driussi, who worked under the former Inter and Manchester City boss at Zenit.

The 22-year-old has represented Argentina at Under-17 and 20 levels but has yet to play for the senior side.

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Friday November 16 2018
Immobile to lead Italy attack

Domenico Berardi was again trialled as a false nine by Italy, but Ciro Immobile is expected to lead the line against Portugal instead.

Calciomercato.com reports Berardi played alongside Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne in a three-pronged Italy attack for the second straight training session.

However, the newspaper claims Immobile is the ‘concrete’ favourite to start up top in the absence of the injured Federico Bernardeschi.

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Friday November 16 2018
Performance key for Mancini

Richard Hall notes that there is finally a feel-good factor around the Italy camp ahead of the Nations League showdown with Portugal.

There is an excitement building around the Italian camp ahead of their clash with Portugal. Perhaps it is because the Azzurri could only go in an upward trajectory since June, perhaps it is because few expected much of Roberto Mancini, but now the project is interesting, there is hope again. Maybe, just maybe, it was the Giampiero Ventura debacle with Chievo that proved a stark reminder of how bad things were in recent memory. No matter what the reason, things look bright.

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