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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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Saturday May 25 2019
Sarri to revitalise Juventus plans

Maurizio Sarri’s plans for Juventus include building the team around Daniele Rugani, Miralem Pjanic, Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain.

Many players reportedly had felt marginalised and stifled by Max Allegri’s tactics and selection choices, but with a new Coach coming in, they have the chance to impress on the pitch again.

According to Tuttosport, Juve will look to rebuild their midfield with Paul Pogba their number one transfer target, while Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic the alternative.

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Tuesday May 21 2019
Fiorentina lose Montella

Fiorentina will be without Vincenzo Montella for their Serie A decider against Genoa after he was given a two-match ban.

The FIGC ruled on Tuesday that Montella addressed officials with a ‘threatening and intimidating’ attitude, using ‘insulting expressions’ three times and ‘violently punching an advertising board’ as he was sent off during Fiorentina’s 1-0 defeat to Parma on Sunday, which caused slight injury to a steward.

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Tuesday May 7 2019
Milan: Paqueta's season over

Lucas Paqueta’s season is over after the Milan midfielder was given a three-match ban for his red card against Bologna.

Paqueta had been booked for reacting badly to a foul during Milan’s 2-1 win on Monday, but he was then shown a straight red card for tapping the arm of referee Marco Di Bello.

The suspension means the Brazilian will miss the Rossoneri’s remaining Serie A fixtures against Fiorentina, Frosinone and SPAL.

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Saturday May 4 2019
Bernardeschi burgled during Derby

Burglars broke into Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi’s house while he was playing Torino in the Derby Della Mole.

According to La Stampa, the thieves took advantage of the fixture list to stage the break-in during the Serie A match.

However, Bernardeschi’s girlfriend arrived home to find the door had been prised open with a crowbar and alerted the authorities.

She arrived just in time, as the burglars reportedly ran away when they heard her.

The game ended 1-1 with goals from Sasa Lukic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Wednesday May 1 2019
Berna: Feel like a leader

Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi says he is now ‘a man and a complete player’ and that he feels like a leader.

Bernardeschi has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with Juve, particularly catching the eye during their comeback victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16.

“Juve make you grow, but only if you’re able to receive the messages they send you,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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