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Saturday March 23 2019
Capello: 'Bernardeschi hesitates'

Fabio Capello is impressed with the new generation of Italy players, above all Nicolò Zaniolo and Nicolò Barella, but has advice for Federico Bernardeschi.

The Azzurri host Finland at 19.45 GMT in the opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

“I really like Barella, but Zaniolo has stunned me for how quickly he has progressed and is continuing to improve,” Capello told Radio Deejay.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Mancini: 'Bernardeschi so versatile'

Roberto Mancini admires Federico Bernardeschi’s versatility for Italy and insists “it’s not enough to have a champion in the squad to succeed.”

The Euro 2020 qualifying campaign kicks off against Finland at 19.45 GMT.

“Modern football is more balanced than it was even just a few years ago. There are no more easy games, every team has improved tactically and it’s not enough to have a champion in the squad to succeed,” Mancini told Rai Sport.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Bernardeschi wears 10 for Italy

Federico Bernardeschi has been handed the Number 10 jersey for Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland this evening.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT and is the opener in Group J, which also includes Armenia, Bosnia and Liechtenstein.

“The Number 10 jersey is a special one for Italy and it can weigh heavily on some shoulders,” Coach Roberto Mancini said in his Press conference yesterday.

“I’ll leave it up to the players who decide who is ready to wear it.”

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Thursday March 21 2019
Italy: Kean to replace Chiesa?

Moise Kean is the favourite to replace injured Federico Chiesa in Italy’s trident attack against Finland, with Ciro Immobile and Federico Bernardeschi.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off at 19.45 GMT on Saturday at the Dacia Arena in Udine.

Chiesa left the camp this afternoon, as he cannot recover in time from the muscular problem that had prevented him training for the last two days.

Alessandro Florenzi is also in doubt after pulling up with a left calf issue today.

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Tuesday March 19 2019
Bernardeschi: Ronaldo ban crazy!

Federico Bernardeschi claims UEFA would be ‘crazy’ to ban Cristiano Ronaldo and that Italy need Juventus’ ‘belief in their strength’.

UEFA is investigating Ronaldo for ‘improper conduct’ after he mimicked Diego Simeone’s explicit gesture following Juve’s Champions League comeback against Atletico Madrid last week.

“I don’t think anything needs to be added,” Bernardeschi said at a Press conference.

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Monday March 18 2019
Revealed: Italy's training XI

Italy CT Roberto Mancini tried out a front three of Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile and Federico Bernardeschi in training on Monday.

ANSA reports Mancini went with Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal and a back four of Alessandro Florenzi, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Cristiano Biraghi.

A three-man midfield of Nicolo Barella, Jorginho and Marco Verratti would then have supported a Chiesa-Immobile-Bernardeschi trident up top.

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Wednesday March 13 2019
Berna's big break

One of the most impressive aspects of Juventus’ Champions League comeback against Atletico Madrid was Federico Bernardeschi’s performance, writes Emmet Gates.

It had never been done. Couldn’t be done, went the logic. Juventus had never reversed a 2-0 first-leg defeat in Europe. And they weren’t just fighting history, they were fighting Cholo Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, who many in Italy have likened to a Serie A side.

And yet, remarkably, almost unfathomably - and totally in keeping with recent seasons of the Champions League - they pulled it off. The 3-0 result and performance was as comprehensive as they’ve produced in this competition since the quarter-final first leg against Barcelona two years ago.

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Wednesday March 13 2019
A near-perfect Juventus night

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Atletico Madrid will take the headlines, but Elio Salerno saw a Juventus Coach who planned every detail.

Prior to Wednesday night, Juventus had never previously overturned a 2-0 1st leg deficit. However, prior to this season the Bianconeri had also never had an extraterrestrial striker, the Champions League’s greatest marksman, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The headlines will belong to their hat-trick hero, the media will have exhausted all the superlatives, but beyond The Old Lady’s superstar Number 7 was a team that played close to a perfect game and a Coach that had planned every detail.

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Tuesday March 12 2019
Bernardeschi: 'Juve needed belief'

Federico Bernardeschi reveals “belief in ourselves is what we needed” for Juventus to overcome a 2-0 first leg defeat and eliminate Atletico Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick in Turin to send the Bianconeri through to the Champions League quarter-finals, 3-2 on aggregate.

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Friday March 1 2019
Bernardeschi options for Napoli-Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start for Juventus with two Federico Bernardeschi options, while Napoli test Vlad Chiriches in defence.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Lorenzo Insigne is back in the Napoli squad after suspension ruled him out for last week’s win against Parma, while Arkadiusz Milik is the favourite to partner him rather than misfiring Dries Mertens.

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