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Saturday November 16 2019
Azzurri built around quality

Italy finally have an identity built around a group of quality midfielders, writes Emmet Gates, but concerns remain in defence.

Roberto Mancini made history. Following Italy’s fluid 3-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Bilino Polje stadium in Zenica. This was Mancini’s 10th consecutive win with the Azzurri, surpassing the legendary Vittorio Pozzo’s record in the late 1930s. It was also a sixth consecutive away win, another first.

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Thursday November 14 2019
Giulini: 'Radja as important as Riva'

Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini compares Radja Nainggolan to Scudetto legend Gigi Riva and admits Nicolò Barella's transfer to Inter funded their revolution.

The Rossoblu are fourth in Serie A after 12 games and have been attracting plaudits from all sides. Now the President is comparing the Belgian playmaker with the greatest legend on the Island.

“Nainggolan is a huge injection of quality and character to the whole collective,” the President told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Monday November 11 2019
Mancini: Sensi, Barella, Balotelli...

Roberto Mancini insists Italy have two of “the best” in Nicolo Barella and Stefano Sensi, while Mario Balotelli will only get a recall “when he deserves it”.

Antonio Conte recently hit out at the lack of depth in his Inter squad, highlighting how Sensi and Barella were bought from Sassuolo and Cagliari, but Mancini ignored the jibe.

“I don’t know what happened, but both Barella and Sensi are important players,” he said at a Press conference.

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Saturday November 9 2019
Barella: 'Best goal of my career!'

Nicolò Barella said his winner against Verona was “the best goal of my career” after giving Hellas credit for causing Inter problems.

Valerio Verre’s penalty had put the visitors in front at San Siro, but Matias Vecino and Barella’s curler into the top corner turned it around for 2-1.

“It was a pretty difficult first half, as Verona play good football, have intensity and caused us problems,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday November 9 2019
Barella completes Inter comeback

Verona had been in front at San Siro with a Valerio Verre penalty, but Inter turned it around thanks to Matias Vecino and a Nicolò Barella stunner.

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Friday November 8 2019
Tommasi: 'Ritiros need scrapping'

Players’ chief Damiano Tommasi feels the time has come for clubs to scrap midseason retreats and saw nothing wrong with Antonio Conte’s comments.

Napoli were sent into ‘ritiro’ as punishment for their recent poor form but instead went against the wishes of President Aurelio De Laurentis, going straight home after their 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg on Tuesday.

That has left the club in a tense situation, but Tommasi disagreed the Partenopei acted unsportingly, instead calling for an end to punitive training camps. 

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Wednesday November 6 2019
Conte: 'Inter players have won nothing'

Antonio Conte continued his rant against Inter’s transfer strategy after defeat in Dortmund. “Apart from Diego Godin, these players haven’t won anything and lack experience.”

The Nerazzurri were leading 2-0 at half-time only to fall 3-2 in the Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund.

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Tuesday October 29 2019
Barella: 'Right Inter attitude'

Nicolò Barella assures Inter “will have the right attitude” in this evening’s Serie A trip to Brescia. “We want all three points.”

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“It will be the usual Inter with the right attitude. We are disappointed at the most recent result and want to make up for it tonight with all three points,” Barella told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday October 23 2019
Conte: 'Borussia scared of Inter'

Antonio Conte said Borussia Dortmund “were afraid of us and changed their system” at San Siro, but Inter kept their Champions League campaign alive.

Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva decided the 2-0 result with a goal in either half.

“Borussia Dortmund changed their system to five at the back, which means they were afraid of us and wanted to play by changing their approach to mirror ours,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday October 12 2019
Mancini: 'Italy aim to win Euro 2020'

Roberto Mancini confirmed either Federico Chiesa or Federico Bernardeschi will start against Greece tonight, while advising how to get the best out of Lorenzo Insigne.

Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

It had been suggested that the only real doubt was between Nicolò Barella and Bernardeschi in midfield of a 4-3-3.

However, Mancini told Rai Sport the final choice to be made was between Bernardeschi and Chiesa, which would put them in the trident attack.

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