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Tuesday March 26 2019
Mancini explains new Italy trident

Roberto Mancini explained his personnel changes against Liechtenstein and warned “it’s still worth three points” in Euro 2020 qualifying.

The match kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“The goals will come, the important thing right now is to play well,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday March 26 2019
Italy still seeking an identity

Almost a year since Roberto Mancini took over, Anthony Barbagallo believes the Azzurri are playing more attractive football, but still lack cohesion.

After the Giampiero Ventura fiasco and the realisation that Italy wouldn’t compete at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, several Italian Coaches – including Carlo Ancelotti – declined the Azzurri’s job offer. Instead, the Nazionale appointed Roberto Mancini – a modern tactician who has won numerous trophies in the English Premier League, Serie A and in Turkey.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Zaniolo: 'I told Kean he'd score'

Nicolò Zaniolo thanked Eusebio Di Francesco and Roberto Mancini for kick-starting his career, while he has a strong friendship with Italy teammate Moise Kean.

The 19-year-old made his senior Italy debut as a substitute in the 2-0 victory over Finland, having already played in Serie A and the Champions League this season.

“I am making so many dreams come true and the Nazionale is one of them. I hope there can be more to follow,” he told Rai Sport.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Perin injured by bottle?

Mattia Perin reportedly injured his ankle on international duty after a curious incident with a water bottle.

The Juventus goalkeeper was ruled out of the Italy squad for the 2-0 victory over Finland and remains in doubt to face Liechtenstein on Tuesday.

According to Sportmediaset, Perin sprained his ankle because he accidentally trod on a water bottle that had been left on the training ground.

It was not a serious incident, and he could well be on the bench for Tuesday’s second Euro 2020 qualifier in Parma.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Italy lose Piccini and El Shaarawy

Cristiano Piccini and Stephan El Shaarawy have both left the Italy squad due to injury ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier with Liechtenstein.

The Azzurri are fresh from a 2-0 victory over Finland on Saturday evening and will host Liechtenstein at the Stadio Tardini in Parma on Tuesday.

It has been announced that both El Shaarawy and Piccini have left the training camp and returned to their clubs for further tests.

Roma winger El Shaarawy, who did not play against Finland, picked up a calf injury.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Gravina: 'Growing Italy enthusiasm'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina hopes the 2-0 win over Finland can “help push forward the enthusiasm that has been cultivated” around the Italy team.

The Azzurri opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign last night with a victory sealed by Nicolò Barella and Moise Kean.

“We acknowledge a positive start and the result is an important one,” Gravina told Rai Sport.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Arsenal scouts watch Barella score

Arsenal reportedly sent scouts to watch Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella as he scored his debut Italy goal, but the price-tag is over €50m.

The 22-year-old was on target in the 2-0 victory over Finland on Saturday evening, which opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal had scouts in the stands of the Dacia Arena in Udine specifically to view Barella.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Bonucci: 'Kean must keep learning'

Leonardo Bonucci had advice for his Juventus and Italy teammate Moise Kean. “He needs to hold on to the humility and keep learning.”

The 19-year-old was on target in Italy’s 2-0 victory over Finland on Saturday evening, the opening game in their Euro 2020 qualifying group.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Biraghi: 'Dedicated to Astori'

Cristiano Biraghi revealed playing Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland was fraught with emotions. “We stayed at the same hotel where we lost Davide Astori.”

The Azzurri opened their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory at the Dacia Arena in Udine last night.

“The more time goes on, we understand what the Coach wants and work better together, so it’s just a matter of time,” Fiorentina full-back Biraghi told Rai Sport.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Kean enters Azzurri history books

Moise Kean has become the second-youngest player ever to score for Italy, aged 19 years and 23 days, but the 1958 record holds.

Juventus striker Kean found the back of the net in the 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland on Saturday evening.

He only turned 19 last month and therefore put himself in the record books as the second-youngest Azzurri scorer.

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