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Tuesday September 10 2019
Nicolato: More to come from Italy

Italy Under-21 CT Paolo Nicolato believes there is more to come from his side after their 5-0 demolition of Luxembourg on Tuesday.

Nicolato’s Azzurrini won their first European U21 Championship qualifier resoundingly, with Everton striker Moise Kean scoring a penalty and Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo also getting another game.

“It was a good Italy performance, but we can improve,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
U21: Italy Manita with Luxembourg

Italy started their European Under-21 Championship qualifiers with a 5-0 victory over Luxembourg and five different players on target, including Moise Kean.

This was the first competitive match for new Coach Paolo Nicolato, fresh from his impressive work with the Under-20 squad, and he got the qualifying campaign underway with a strong start in Castel di Sangro.

It took just eight minutes for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca to be brought down for a penalty, converted by his Neroverdi teammate Manuel Locatelli.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Line-ups: Italy U21-Luxembourg U21

Italy start with Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo again for their first European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Luxembourg.

Kean and Zaniolo lasted just 45 minutes against Moldova last week, but they are given another chance to impress.

The Everton striker and Roma midfielder are joined in the XI by Milan goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzari and Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli.

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Monday September 9 2019
Nicolato warns Kean and Zaniolo

Italy begin their U21 Championship qualifiers against Luxembourg and Coach Paolo Nicolato urged Moise Kean and Nicolò Zaniolo to “learn from their mistakes.”

The Azzurrini play tomorrow, in a group with Sweden, Armenia, Iceland and the Republic of Ireland.

“It’s not a particularly easy group, as there are sides like Iceland and Ireland who are improving, while Sweden are at a good level, but we want to give our best and improve,” Nicolato told Radio Rai.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Zaniolo's mother accepts Italy punishment

Nicolò Zaniolo’s mother assures he is “very happy at Roma,” she sees Italy Coach Roberto Mancini as a footballing co-parent and shrugs off Lazio insults.

The midfielder just turned 20 a few weeks ago and had been part of the senior Azzurri squad, but was demoted to the Under-21 side with Moise Kean for unprofessional behaviour during the European U21 Championship.

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Friday September 6 2019
Nicolato calls for Azzurrini patience

Paolo Nicolato is convinced Italy will ‘build something important’ at Under-21 level after debuting with a 4-0 win against Moldova but has called for patience.

Nicolato replaced the unpopular Luigi Di Biagio over the summer and led the Azzurrini to victory in his first game, with the CT seeing enough to suggest the future was bright.

“It was a fairly positive test for us,” he told Rai Sport after the friendly.

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Friday September 6 2019
U21: Nicolato makes winning start

Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo played as Paolo Nicolato began his Italy Under-21 reign with a 4-0 victory over Moldova.

Kean and Zaniolo were not called up to the senior squad after their show of lateness at the European Under-21 Championship over the summer.

Instead, the Everton striker and Roma midfielder formed part of Nicolato’s first Azzurrini XI since the Coach replaced Luigi Di Biagio as CT.

However, the pair were brought off at half-time, so the goals had to come from other sources.

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Friday August 30 2019
Kean & Zaniolo in Italy U21 squad

Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo, as expected, have been called up to Italy’s Under-21 squad for their September internationals.

The Everton striker and Roma midfielder stay with the Azzurrini after they were late for a team meeting before Italy’s final European Under-21 Championship fixture against Belgium in June.

The upcoming international break is Paolo Nicolato’s first since replacing Luigi Di Biagio as CT of the U21s.

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Tuesday August 27 2019
Kean & Zaniolo face Italy omission

Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo are not expected to be called up by Italy for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.

It was first reported in the wake of Italy Under-21’s European Championship exit in June that Kean and Zaniolo would be overlooked by CT Roberto Mancini.

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Tuesday July 30 2019
Italy change U-20 and U-19 Coaches

Italy have named Daniele Franceschini as the new Under-20 Coach, with Alberto Bollini taking over the Under-19 team.

The various youth levels of the Nazionale have been shaken up this summer with Luigi Di Biagio leaving the Under-21 post, to be replaced by former Under-20 Coach Paolo Nicolato.

In turn, Nicolato is replaced at the Under-20 level by Franceschini, who steps up after two seasons on the Under-18 bench.

The new Under-19 Italy boss is former Lecce, Salernitana and Modena Coach Bollini.

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