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Saturday March 23 2019
Mancini: 'Immense Kean potential'

Roberto Mancini backed Ciro Immobile and assured he sees “enormous potential” in Moise Kean after Italy beat Finland 2-0.

Nicolò Barella and Moise Kean scored the goals in Udine for a 2-0 victory, which puts Italy joint top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group with Bosnia and Greece.

“It wasn’t easy, as Finland clammed up straight away with five defenders, so it was difficult to break them down,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Italy: Kean and Barella take down Finland

Nicolò Barella’s deflected strike and a debut goal from Moise Kean allowed Italy to start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Finland.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Euro 2020 Liveblog: Italy v Finland

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from the opening Euro 2020 qualifier, as Italy host Finland in Udine.

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It kicks off at the Dacia Arena, formerly known as the Stadio Friuli, at 19.45 GMT.

They are in the same group as Armenia, Bosnia and Tuesday’s opponents Liechtenstein.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Mancini: 'Italy want to entertain'

Roberto Mancini wants Italy to “entertain the fans and ourselves” against Finland, but has simple advice for Moise Kean.

The Euro 2020 qualifying opener kicks off in Udine at 19.45 GMT.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Line-ups: Italy v Finland

Italy begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Finland with Moise Kean and Cristiano Piccini given their first starts, Federico Bernardeschi and Ciro Immobile.

It kicks off in Udine at 19.45 GMT, you can follow all the build-up and action as it happens while giving your views on the LIVEBLOG.

Coach Roberto Mancini must do without injured Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Chiesa, Alessandro Florenzi and Mattia Perin.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Hradecky: 'Pressure all on Italy'

Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky warns “the pressure is all on Italy” in the opening Euro 2020 qualifier and they’ve no intention of losing.

It kicks off in Udine at 19.45 GMT, as they are in the same group as Armenia, Bosnia and Liechtenstein.

“We have trained well to prepare for this match and didn’t come all the way here just to bow down to Italy,” the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper said on the official Finnish website.

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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
Mancini: 'Kean destined for greatness'

Italy Coach Roberto Mancini believes Moise Kean is “destined for greatness” in his young Azzurri squad facing Finland in tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier.

It kicks off in Udine at 19.45 GMT, in the same group as Armenia, Bosnia and Liechtenstein.

With Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne and Alessandro Florenzi out injured, Juventus teenager Kean is expected to get his first start.

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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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