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Friday September 6 2019
Juve 'priced Barca out of Berna'

Juventus reportedly priced Barcelona out of Federico Bernardeschi after they wanted €23m plus Ivan Rakitic.

According to Mundo Deportivo, both players were happy to swap clubs, with Rakitic particularly keen on making the move.

However, the newspaper warns the deal fell apart after Juve also requested €23m on top of giving Bernardeschi away.

The two midfielders are valued at €40m by transfer portal Transfermarkt and the Blaugrana were therefore unwilling to put up the extra money.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Italy take the Mkhi in Armenia

The Azzurri did just about enough to grind out a win over 10-man Armenia, but it was a reality check for Giancarlo Rinaldi.

It wasn’t pretty nor very much deserved, that’s for sure. If grinding out wins in uninspiring fashion is a symptom of coming down with a winning mentality, then this might be just what the Azzurri team doctor ordered. For the rest of us, enthused by some of the nice football seen in previous outings, a flattering triumph over Armenia felt about as good as chugging down your cough medicine when you are six years old.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Mancini: 'If Balo wants to be at Euro 2020...'

Roberto Mancini warns Italy not to under-estimate Armenia, believes they have foundations for the Euro 2020 squad and says what Mario Balotelli must do to join them.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off in Yerevan at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for the LIVEBLOG.

“No game must be under-estimated, especially not one that comes four months after our last get-together, so we can expect more problems than usual,” the CT told Rai Sport.

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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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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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