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Tuesday June 11 2019
Verratti: 'Azzurri achieved nothing yet'

Marco Verratti “hasn’t forgotten” his partnership with Lorenzo Insigne, but warns Italy have “achieved nothing” after beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder completed the turnaround from an Edin Dzeko opener, as Lorenzo Insigne scored a sensational volley and then set him up for the winner.

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Tuesday June 11 2019
Euro 2020: Insigne turns Bosnia around

Lorenzo Insigne scored a stunning volley and set up Marco Verratti’s winner to overturn Edin Dzeko’s opener, as Italy beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1.

This was their fourth consecutive victory in qualifying, with 13 goals scored and only one conceded, as they stay three points clear at the top of Euro 2020 Group J.

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Monday June 10 2019
Ancelotti: 'Understand Sarri pain'

Carlo Ancelotti understands why Napoli fans are unhappy at Maurizio Sarri potentially joining Juventus, but “this is a profession.”

It’s widely expected Sarri will announce his departure from Chelsea after just one year and return to Serie A for Napoli’s bitter rivals.

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Sunday June 9 2019
Verratti: 'Jorginho like Thiago Motta'

Marco Verratti said Italy teammate Jorginho “really reminds me of Thiago Motta, the way he plays it simple, but makes the team tick.”

The Azzurri dominated in Athens for last night’s 3-0 victory over Greece, continuing their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying.

“We work well together and Jorginho really reminds me of Thiago Motta, someone who also played it simple, but made the team tick,” PSG midfielder Verratti told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday June 9 2019
Verratti: 'If Italy played like this...'

Marco Verratti believes if Italy had played with their current approach, they would’ve “without doubt” qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

The Nazionale dominated Greece 3-0 in Athens to maintain their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualifying, winning all three by scoring 11 goals and conceding none.

“It was a good performance, as we defended well, kept possession and I think it was a great victory,” the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder told Tuttomercatoweb.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Our Big Fat Greek Victory

This was as close to a perfect Italy performance as we’ve seen for many years and Giancarlo Rinaldi is relishing the Athens triumph.

If a Coach is measured by his ability to get his more surprising decisions right, Roberto Mancini is definitely a man on the up. There were those who thought this first mildly testing away tie might trip up his resuscitation of the Azzurri. They will have to wait until at least another game to puncture the feel-good factor he has begun to inflate Italian chests.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Barella hails Jorginho and Verratti

Nicolò Barella appreciates the new possession-based Italy approach and called midfield teammates Marco Verratti and Jorginho “phenomenons.”

The Cagliari midfielder has now scored two goals in as many Italy games, opening the scoring in the 3-0 victory away to Greece.

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Thursday June 6 2019
Verratti: Bring back Buffon!

Marco Verratti has called on the FIGC to offer Gianluigi Buffon a role within the Italy set-up. “It would give us an advantage.” 

Italy resume their qualification campaign for Euro 2020 on Saturday with a trip to Greece, and Verratti was full of praise for CT Roberto Mancini.

“Jorginho and I start moves. The ‘mezz’ala’ plays closer to the forwards. Whether we play together changes little,” Verratti said at a Press conference.

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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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Friday May 24 2019
Balotelli sent off for Marseille

Mario Balotelli was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle during what was probably his last game for Olympique Marseille.

The Italy international had only come on as a substitute against Montpellier 29 minutes earlier when he lunged in from behind at defender Daniel Congré.

It was two-footed, it was high and it caught his opponent’s leg in a scissor motion.

This was his fourth red card since joining Ligue 1 in 2016-17, playing for OGC Nice and since January Marseille.

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