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Monday September 9 2019
Bonucci: 'No apology to Armenia'

Leonardo Bonucci insists he wasn’t trying to get Armenia striker Aleksandr Karapetyan sent off. “I already had two stitches from an elbow.”

The Italy and Juventus defender was criticised for going down clutching his face after an aerial collision with Karapetyan, leading to a second yellow card, when replays show there was no real contact.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Oriali: 'Different Italy attitude'

Italy team manager Lele Oriali warned of the difficulties in facing Finland for tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier. “We need a different attitude to Armenia.”

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

The Azzurri are seeking a better performance than the struggle to break down 10-man Armenia on Thursday, eventually winning 3-1.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Bonucci enters Italy top 10

Leonardo Bonucci matches Alessandro Del Piero’s 91 Italy caps tonight, putting him in the all-time top 10.

The Juventus defender starts this evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland in Tampere.

It puts him on a par with Del Piero, in joint 10th place of the all-time Azzurri charts.

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Saturday September 7 2019
Mancini warning for Finland and Bonucci

Roberto Mancini hints at Italy changes in Finland, warning “this is an extremely delicate match” and telling off Leonardo Bonucci for conduct unbecoming of a captain.

It kicks off on Sunday in Tampere at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) and the only difference between these sides in Euro 2020 qualifying Group J is the 2-0 Italy victory in March.

There are reports Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, Stephan El Shaarawy and Armando Izzo could step into the starting XI.

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Saturday September 7 2019
Karapetyan: 'Why did Bonucci simulate?'

Armenian striker Aleksandr Karapetyan is still furious with Leonardo Bonucci for getting him sent off. “Did he do it because he was scared to lose?”

The pair went for the ball during the first half of the Euro 2020 qualifier, which ended 3-1 for Italy and was 1-1 at the time, with Karapetyan given a second yellow card for leading with his elbow.

However, replays showed he barely touched Bonucci in the face and it was an extremely harsh decision.

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Friday September 6 2019
Karapetyan: Bonucci is shameful!

Armenia striker Aleksandre Karapetyan has branded Leonardo Bonucci ‘shameful’ after accusing the Italy defender of getting him sent off.

Karapetyan opened the scoring for Armenia but saw red in first-half stoppages, having picked up a second booking for a perceived elbow on Bonucci.

The 31-year-old responded on his Instagram Story: “I have big respect for what you have achieved in your football life, but that was shameful.”

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Wednesday September 4 2019
Bonucci: 'Armenia are always tough'

Leonardo Bonucci warned Armenia are “always tough” and the 2-2 draw effectively ruined their World Cup campaign, while revealing Henrikh Mkhitaryan memories.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off on in Yerevan on Thursday at 17.00 UK time.

There is only one Italy player left in the current squad who faced Armenia in both previous Euro qualifier games in 2012-13.

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Saturday August 31 2019
Bonucci: 'Set example for De Ligt'

Leonardo Bonucci said Juventus must “each give more in the absence of Giorgio Chiellini and I must set the example for Matthijs de Ligt.”

The Bianconeri host Napoli at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-up and LIVEBLOG.

Bonucci is joined by De Ligt making his Serie A debut in defence, as Giorgio Chiellini tore his anterior cruciate ligament and is out for approximately six months.

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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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Thursday August 1 2019
Fassone: 'Bonucci mistake, CR7 interested'

Ex-Milan CEO Marco Fassone confessed signing Leonardo Bonucci “was a mistake” and that Cristiano Ronaldo was open to joining them, but defended his choices.

The director was at the helm during Yonghong Li’s brief and doomed experience in charge, before the Chinese patron defaulted on loans and the club was repossessed by US hedge fund Elliott Management.

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