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Tuesday October 15 2019
Italy's opportunity to experiment

With Italy punching their ticket to Euro 2020, Anthony Barbagallo identified areas of the team where Roberto Mancini should experiment. 

Just two years after missing out on the World Cup, that passionate spirit has been reignited among many Italian fans. It felt like an eternity since we last saw the players and fans with smiles etched across their faces. With the Italian flags and shirts absent in Russia last year, the Azzurri supporters can now take these items out of their closets and put them on display at next year’s monumental Euro 2020. 

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Probable line-ups: Liechtenstein-Italy

It’s all change for Italy against Liechtenstein in a potentially historic match, as Giovanni Di Lorenzo should make his debut, with Andrea Belotti and Nicolò Zaniolo stepping in.

It kicks off in Vaduz at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), although the Azzurri have already qualified for Euro 2020.

They are also guaranteed top spot in Group J thanks to seven wins out of seven.

Coach Roberto Mancini has won his last eight matches, so a ninth would equal the all-time Nazionale record set by Vittorio Pozzo in 1938-39.

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Monday October 14 2019
‘Napoli were gifted €22m for Verdi!’

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Monday October 14 2019
Milik sends Napoli warning

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Sunday October 13 2019
Real Madrid want Fabian in January

Real Madrid have surpassed Barcelona in the fight for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz and reportedly want him in January.

The 23-year-old is going from strength to strength since he made the €30m transfer from Real Betis in the summer of 2018.

He has now become a regular in the Spain XI and is repeatedly linked with a return to La Liga.

Barcelona had been the most intrigued, but Monday’s Marca front page claims Real Madrid are determined to snap him up as early as January.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Milik on target for Poland

Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik scored a sensational goal that helped Poland join Italy, Belgium and Russia at Euro 2020.

Milik curled a left-foot strike from outside the box, as Poland beat North Macedonia 2-0 this evening.

That proved enough to secure their place at the tournament next summer.

Russia also mathematically clinched qualification for Euro 2020 today, beating Cyprus 5-0.

Italy and Belgium are the only sides to have qualified with a 100 per cent record so far.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Jorginho agent won't rule out Serie A

Jorginho’s agent commented on “a positive year” for the Chelsea and Italy midfielder, but won’t rule out a return to Serie A. “Anything is possible.”

The midfielder converted a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Greece last night, which secured Italy’s place at Euro 2020.

“It has certainly been a positive year for Jorginho,” agent Joao Santos told Radio Sportiva.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Conte: 'No limits, but also realistic'

Antonio Conte acknowledges “there is still a gap” between Inter and Juventus. “We mustn’t set limits, but at the same time be honest and realistic.”

The Nerazzurri Coach spoke at the Festival dello Sport in Trento and you can read the rest of his comments here.

“I don’t think there’s any harm in dreaming, which is true for every fan, player and Coach. You have to then be objective and see what reality has in store for us.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Fiorentina join Tonali race

Inter, Juventus and Napoli have long tracked Sandro Tonali, but it’s reported Fiorentina are now ready to pay €30-40m for the Brescia midfielder.

Nicknamed the new Andrea Pirlo, Tonali is only 19 years old and in his debut Serie A campaign, but is already set for his senior Italy debut.

That may well come on Tuesday in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Liechtenstein.

According to the Corriere dello Sport newspaper, the number of clubs interested in purchasing Tonali is growing fast.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Mancini: 'Italy not far off the best'

Roberto Mancini maintains Italy are “not that far off the strongest European teams” after a perfect qualifying campaign for Euro 2020. "I tried to make these players believe in themselves."

The Azzurri beat Greece 2-0 last night to secure their spot in the tournament with a 100 per cent record of seven wins in Group J, all with three games to spare.

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