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Tuesday October 16 2018
Marcotti: 'Italy midfield can play!'

Pundit Gabriele Marcotti insists “the future is certainly brighter than the last couple of years” for Italy, especially with “a midfield that can actually play.”

The Italo-American writer sat down with the Milan Weekly Podcast and his other comments on the Rossoneri are here.

He was asked about the general state of Italian football and the Nazionale after a last-gasp win over Poland to avoid Nations League relegation.

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Monday October 15 2018
Capello: Barella like Tardelli

Fabio Capello says Cagliari and Italy starlet Nicolo Barella reminds him of 1982 World Cup winner Marco Tardelli for his ‘dynamism’.

Barella was considered among Italy’s best performers during the international break, having only made his Azzurri debut in the midweek friendly against Ukraine, before helping them beat Poland 1-0 on Sunday.

“Barella’s the player who can change the tempo in midfield,” Capello told Radio Anch’io Sport.

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Saturday October 13 2018
Liverpool lead Barella race

Liverpool are leading the race with Inter and Milan for Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella, whose asking price is at least €50m.

The 21-year-old made his senior Italy debut this week, impressing in a 1-1 friendly draw with Ukraine.

According to La Nuova Sardegna newspaper, Liverpool are monitoring Barella’s development closely with scouts on the island.

The Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport see a battle between city rivals Milan and Inter for his signature.

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Thursday October 11 2018
Barella: 'Italy dream come true'

Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella experienced “a dream come true” with his senior Italy debut and is stunned by Gigi Riva’s praise.

The 21-year-old started the 1-1 friendly draw against Ukraine last night, partnering Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti and Chelsea key figure Jorginho.

“It was exciting, a dream come true, and I thank all the teammates who gave me the chance to step on to that field without anxiety,” Barella told Rai Sport.

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Wednesday October 10 2018
Mancini: 'Build on Italy positives'

Roberto Mancini praised the new Italy midfield after the 1-1 draw with Ukraine and will “build on the positives” against Poland in the Nations League.

The Azzurri failed to keep a clean sheet for the eighth consecutive game, but perhaps even more concerning have scored more than one goal only once in their last 10 matches.

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Wednesday October 10 2018
Barella: 'I expect more of myself'

Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella wasn’t entirely satisfied with his senior Italy debut. “I expect better of myself.”

The 21-year-old played from the start in the 1-1 friendly draw with Ukraine, alongside Jorginho and Marco Verratti.

“These are great champions, they gave me a hand and I hope I helped them tonight,” Barella told Rai Sport.

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Wednesday October 10 2018
Mancini: 'Barella has prospects'

Roberto Mancini discussed Nicolò Barella’s Italy debut against Ukraine, the new Lorenzo Insigne role and “paying homage” to the Genoa victims.

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

This game was organised at Marassi to help raise funds for those affected by the Ponte Morandi collapse, which killed 43 people on August 14 and left hundreds homeless.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
Bernardeschi False 9 for Italy

Italy are expected to use Federico Bernardeschi as a False 9 with Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa in the friendly against Ukraine.

It kicks off at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

According to the latest reports, Roberto Mancini will retain his 4-3-3 formation even after losing Simone Zaza and Patrick Cutrone to injury.

As there is a Nations League match coming up against Poland next week, Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is likely to be kept on ice.

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Saturday September 29 2018
Man Utd join Barella race

A €40m bidding war is set to break out for Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella, as Manchester United join Liverpool, Juventus, Milan, Inter and Roma.

The 21-year-old sensation already received his first senior Italy call-up and has made a big impact at his hometown club.

This season, he netted one goal in six Serie A appearances, but above all made numerous crucial tackles and interceptions.

According to Caught Offside, Manchester United are the latest club to show an interest in Barella.

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Friday September 21 2018
Liverpool line up Barella bid?

Liverpool are reportedly preparing a €35m bid for Cagliari and Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella.

The Daily Mail cites a report on Calciomercato.com, which claims Liverpool are leading the race for Barella after Juventus withdrew their interest.

The newspaper describes him as ‘a dominant presence in midfield for Cagliari’s midfield and quotes Andrea Pirlo as praising his ability during the Sardinians’ 1-1 draw with Milan last weekend.

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