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Wednesday February 17 2021
Atalanta's Toloi available for Italy

Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi has been granted Italian citizenship and could now be called up by the Italy squad.

The Brazil-born centre-back is making the change late in his career, as he is already 30 years old.

However, he is also in the form of his life, helping Atalanta to the Champions League Round of 16, the Coppa Italia Final and battling for a top four finish in Serie A.

Toloi has been granted his Italian citizenship thanks to evidence of relatives from Treviso.

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Wednesday February 17 2021
Media watch: Verratti ‘brought Barcelona fans to tears’

La Gazzetta dello Sport highlighted Marco Verratti's performance for Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona as so good he brought the Barca fans 'to tears.'

The Italy international set up Kylian Mbappé who scored the equaliser for PSG in the first half at the Camp Nou last night.

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Tuesday February 16 2021
Pochettino: 'Verratti a truly great player'

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino singled out Marco Verratti for praise and explained his new role against Barcelona. ‘He is truly a great player.’

The Italy international is usually a deeper-lying midfielder, but in the 4-2-3-1 formation this evening at Camp Nou, he was pushed up into the ‘trequartista’ role behind striker Mauro Icardi.

It proved a masterstroke, as Verratti provided an assist for one of the goals in a Kylian Mbappé hat-trick.

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Tuesday February 16 2021
Kean: 'Unforgettable night'

Moise Kean is relishing ‘an unforgettable night’ after he scored in PSG’s 4-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou.

“It’s certainly an unforgettable night, my first time in this great stadium. It’s very exciting,” the striker told Sky Sport Italia.

“This gives me the strength to keep working hard and believing in my dreams, because they can come true.

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Tuesday February 16 2021
CL: Italians decisive as PSG crush Barca

The Italian flag was flying high in the Champions League, as Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi provided assists during a Kylian Mbappé hat-trick, while Moise Kean scored in a 4-1 PSG win away to Barcelona.

There were three Italy internationals in the starting XI for Paris Saint-Germain, Florenzi, Kean and Verratti, but Neymar and Angel Di Maria were injured. Verratti was placed in a new trequartista role behind former Inter striker Mauro Icardi.

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Tuesday February 16 2021
New PSG role for Verratti against Barca

There are three Italy internationals starting for PSG in the Champions League against Barcelona, with a new trequartista role for Marco Verratti.

The first leg in the Round of 16 tie kicks off at 20.00 GMT.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino picks Verratti after he recovered from a hip injury.

It was the latest in a series of setbacks for the midfielder, who before that had muscular issues and twice tested positive for COVID-19.

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Tuesday February 16 2021
Mancini: 'Italy always had the players'

Italy CT Roberto Mancini said the Azzurri ‘never lacked important players’ and claimed he only gave ‘them confidence and a chance to play’.

The former Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter coach has kickstarted the Italian national team and after the perfect qualifiers for Euro 2020, he has confirmed he will oversee the next two major championships.

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Tuesday February 16 2021
Belotti the Champions League gift for Milan?

Milan aim for a return to the Champions League and have reportedly targeted Torino striker Andrea Belotti for next season.

Tuttosport reports technical director Paolo Maldini wants to gift Milan with the Italy international in the event of a return to the European elite.

Belotti’s contract expires in June 2022, but the Granata have not been able to renew with the player who turns 28 at the end of the year.

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Monday February 15 2021
Video: Totti not recognised in Rome

Nobody recognised Roma legend Francesco Totti, as he strolled around in the streets of the Italian capital with a hoodie and a mask.

“The cold, a mask, a hoodie and you can experience Rome like you never before,” Totti’s cousin Angelo Marrozzini wrote as a caption on a video of the former Italy international.

The former Giallorossi captain managed to walk the streets of Rome undisturbed, without being recognised by fans, an almost impossible event.

 

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Thursday February 11 2021
Perin dreams of Italy return

Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin dreams of a return to the Italy squad. ‘If I didn’t have this desire, I could never be such a competitive goalkeeper’.

Juventus loanee Perin has kept five clean sheets in 18 Serie A games this term, with Genoa currently unbeaten in four games and 12th in the table.

Perin praised Davide Ballardini, who recently replaced Rolando Maran and helped turn things around at the Marassi.

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