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Sunday August 18 2019
Mancini: Big hopes for Italy stars

Roberto Mancini is expecting big things from Italian players this season but has warned Mario Balotelli to get his act together at Brescia.

Mancini rated members of his Italy squad in the second part of his Gazzetta dello Sport interview, including ‘extraordinary’ Inter pair Stefano Sensi and Nicolo Barella, Federico Bernardeschi – who can become ‘one of the best’ – and ‘potential superstar’ Nicolo Zaniolo.

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Tuesday July 23 2019
Bernardeschi: Sarri's right winger

Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi says he is ready to shed his jack-of-all-trades reputation and become Maurizio Sarri’s right winger.

Bernardeschi has been played in a variety of positions throughout his career but started on the right of an attacking trident in Sarri’s first game as Juve boss on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Sarri sees me as a right winger,” he told reporters.

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Sunday July 21 2019
Berna encouraged by Sarri start

Federico Bernardeschi was encouraged by Juventus’ performance during their 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. “The team played very well.”

Maurizio Sarri suffered defeat in his first game as Juve boss, going down to a last-gasp Harry Kane lob from the halfway line, with Bernardeschi tried out in three different roles.

“We’re disappointed with the result, but the team played very well, especially in the second half,” he said after the game.

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BLOG ITALIA
Wednesday June 12 2019
Azzurri adjusted to beat Bosnia

Roberto Mancini is developing a clear Italy identity, but Elio Salerno explains the CT also made key tactical changes to defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Italy maintained their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualification as they secured a 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group J, but as expected, they were made to work for it.

Following the 3-0 victory in Greece, Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini chose to make three changes to his starting XI for Tuesday night’s game. Gianluca Mancini stepped in at right back while Federico Bernardeschi and Serie A Capocannoniere Fabio Quagliarella were introduced to freshen up the attack.

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Tuesday June 11 2019
Bernardeschi: 'Italy kept plugging away'

Federico Bernardeschi praised Italy’s mentality after fighting back to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina. “We kept plugging away.”

Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring in Turin, but Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti turned it around for a 2-1 victory, maintaining their perfect Euro 2020 qualifying start.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Mancini: 'Italy have attacking options'

Roberto Mancini is keeping his options open in attack as Italy visit Greece in tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier. “The key will be stopping them getting into their rhythm.”

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

The predicted line-ups remain in the air, as the centre-forward in his 4-3-3 formation could be Andrea Belotti, Fabio Quagliarella or even Federico Bernardeschi as a False 9.

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Friday June 7 2019
Italy experiment for Greece?

Italy could play Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi as a false nine against Greece on Saturday.

Tuttosport reports CT Roberto Mancini tried out Bernardeschi in the role, with Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne either side of him.

Mancini previously used the 25-year-old in such a position against Poland last October, when Italy came away with a 1-0 win at the death.

However, the former Fiorentina attacker was replaced by Kevin Lasagna, who went on to assist Cristiano Biraghi for the winner.

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Thursday June 6 2019
Italy balance progress and the present

The Azzurri have a generation of talented young players, but Jay Cassano observes Roberto Mancini using them judiciously in the service of immediate results.

One of the biggest problems facing the Italian national team today is that there are relatively few players in what we ambiguously refer to as a footballer’s “prime.” That age from about 27 to 31, plus a couple more years if they’re a defender.

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Sunday June 2 2019
Bernardeschi: 'Dream big'

Federico Bernardeschi intends to “dream big and set ambitious objectives” for both Italy in Euro 2020 and Juventus in the Champions League.

The Azzurri won their first two Euro 2020 qualifiers against Finland and Liechtenstein, but face Greece on June 8 and Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 11.

“It is only right that we dream big and set ambitious objectives for ourselves,” said Bernardeschi in a Press conference.

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Saturday June 1 2019
Italy test new trident

Italy had their first training session today with an exciting line-up including Federico Chiesa, Fabio Quagliarella, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi.

The Azzurri continue their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Greece on June 8 and Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 11.

Roberto Mancini held his first session today and the tactical experiments included a 4-3-3 formation with a very attack-minded approach.

Versatile Juventus man Bernardeschi was dropped back into midfield, a role he has played a few times at club level this season.

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