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Nelson soaks up tap tips to prepare for Italy

England’s Under-21 stars have been turning the heat up in the bath to avoid getting into hot water at Euro 2019. The Young Lions were told to have long soaks to allow them to combat the hot weather in Italy. They trained in 32-degree heat over the weekend as the countdown to Tuesday’s Group C opener against France continues and Reiss Nelson revealed how England have prepared. Hard at work in the heat ahead of our #U21Euro opener 💪#younglions pic.twitter.com/5Sj5ANquGz — England (@England) June 15, 2019 “When we had our three days off during the training camp we were told to take hot baths each day and go in the sauna as it would be good preparation for the Euros,” said the Arsenal forward, who spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim. “That has helped a lot of the boys. “That’s the first ti...

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira open to return to Italy?

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira suggests that he has struggled to adapt to life in England, claiming that ‘life was better in Italy’. Lucas Torreira has suggested that he would be open to leaving Arsenal if he was able to return to Italy. The midfielder left Sampdoria to move to the Emirates Stadium last summer, making a total of 31 starts and 18 substitute outings in his first campaign. However, Arsenal may face a battle to keep Torreira, who has indicated that he has not enjoyed many aspects of life in England. The 23-year-old told Ovacion: “I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy. I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country. “The language has stopped me, to be able to relate with my teammates and w...

Roberto Mancini happy as Italy win “toughest game of the group”

Roma forward Edin Dzeko had fired the visitors into a 32nd-minute lead. Italy manager Roberto Mancini praised the character of his side after they came from behind to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 in their Euro 2020 Group J qualifier in Turin. The Azzurri were looking to make it four straight wins to stay at the top of the Group J table. Roma forward Edin Dzeko, though, had fired the visitors into a 32nd-minute lead following a swift counter-attack as Italy conceded their first goal of the qualifying campaign. Lorenzo Insigne‘s fine volley equalised early in the second half and Italy’s industry was rewarded with a late winner. With four minutes left, Napoli frontman Insigne got away down the left and cut the ball back for Marco Verratti, who slid his shot into the bottom corn...

Result: Italy come from behind to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Azzurri made it four straight wins. Lorenzo Insigne helped Italy come from behind to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 in their Euro 2020 Group J qualifier in Turin, where Marco Verratti scored a late winner. The Azzurri made it four straight wins to stay at the top of the table but needed to produce a determined second-half display. Edin Dzeko had fired the visitors into the lead in the 32nd minute following a swift counter attack. Muhamed Besic’s flick put Edin Visca away down the right and he cut the ball back for Roma striker Dzeko to score his first international goal for five games – and a first Italy had conceded in the qualifying campaign so far. Italy looked to respond as Fabio Quagliarella saw his effort pushed away by goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic. Azzurri boss Roberto Mancin...

Mancini demands ‘the best Italy’ in clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina

Head coach Roberto Mancini will make a number of unnamed changes as Italy take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tuesday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier. The Group J leaders made it three wins from three – without conceding a goal – in qualification for next summer’s European Championship with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Greece on Saturday thanks to goals from Nicolo Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci. The Azzurri are three points ahead of nearest challengers Finland, with Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina two points further back. In his pre-match press conference on Monday evening, former Manchester City boss Mancini stressed it would be difficult but he would shake his squad up for the fixture. As quoted on www.figc.it, Mancini said: “There will be some changes, but not many. “Let’s...

Mancini demands more from Italy despite big win in Greece

Three goals in 10 minutes steered the Azzurri to a comfortable victory. Italy coach Roberto Mancini expected more from his side despite a 3-0 win in Greece that maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2020 qualifying. The Azzurri moved three points clear at the top of Group J after leaving the hosts reeling with three goals in the space of 10 minutes. Nicolo Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci were all on target as Italy raced into a three-goal lead after just over half an hour. But they should have added to their tally, with Insigne and Federico Chiesa guilty of missing chances after the break. “We were good to address the game in the way we wanted from the start,” Mancini is quoted as saying by UEFA. “We were good at defending high, but we were less good in the second half...

Result: Dominant Italy sweep aside Greece

The visitors made it three wins from three in Group J. First-half goals from Nicolo Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci gave Italy a comfortable 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win in Greece. The Azzurri moved three points clear at the top of Group J after leaving the hosts reeling with three goals in the space of 10 minutes. Italy have won all three of their first three matches, but defeat saw Greece slip behind Finland, who now occupy second spot. Greece actually had an early half chance after a swift counter-attack found its way to Dimitrios Siovas on the edge of the box, but his volley was straight at Salvatore Sirigu. Instead Italy took a 23rd-minute lead after Andrea Boletti’s marauding run down the left wing. Boletti cut into the box, shaping to shoot before squaring to the far p...

Verratti backs Mancini tactics as Italy look to extend winning run

Marco Verratti has backed Roberto Mancini’s tactical reshuffle that sees Jorginho filling a similar role for Italy to the one that has so polarised opinion at Chelsea. Paris St Germain midfielder Verratti hailed Azzurri boss Mancini’s measured approach play, that sees him and Chelsea star Jorginho sharing deep-lying playmaking responsibilities. Jorginho became a lightning rod for fan criticism of head coach Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge this term, though the Blues pushed on to seal a third-place Premier League finish and win the Europa League. Mancini has borrowed from Sarri’s Chelsea playbook to have Jorginho and Verratti sharing the load in launching attacks from deep, with the PSG star expecting big dividends. “It is a module where both Jorginho and I are called to start the action ...

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits missing Italy amid Juventus speculation

Maurizio Sarri admitted he misses Italy amid growing reports he is hoping to leave Chelsea to become Juventus boss. In an interview with the Italian edition of Vanity Fair magazine, the Blues boss revealed his longing to return home in comments that will strengthen speculation that he is to join the Serie A champions. Sarri secured Champions League qualification by finishing third in the Premier League and then won the Europa League, yet it has been a difficult debut season that has seen his methods criticised. IT’S OURS! 🏆 2018-19 @EuropaLeague WINNERS! #UELfinal pic.twitter.com/usfo3zNtLJ — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 29, 2019 Juventus are looking for a successor to Massimiliano Allegri and it has been claimed that Sarri held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on Friday...

Alexis Sanchez to return to Italy this summer?

Manchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez could join Inter Milan in this summer’s transfer window, according to a report. The agent of Manchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez has reportedly met with Inter Milan to discuss a potential summer move for the Chile international. Sanchez joined United in January 2018 off the back of an impressive spell at Arsenal. The 30-year-old has only managed five goals in 45 appearances for the Red Devils, though, and has found it difficult to contribute during the 2018-19 campaign. Sanchez has a contract at Old Trafford until June 2022, but it has been suggested that the South American could leave the 20-time English champions this summer. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Sanchez’s agent has been in Milan this week and talks have been held ...

Roberto Mancini pleased with Italy attitude in Liechtenstein rout

Mancini labels the June qualifiers as potentially key in Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. Roberto Mancini expects Italy‘s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bosnia and Greece in June to be “fundamental games for the group.” Italy posted a second successive win at the start of their qualifying campaign by brushing aside Liechtenstein 6-0 in Parma. Liechtenstein played the second half with 10 men after Daniel Kaufmann was sent off, but Italy had already inflicted too much damage, scoring four first half goals. Veteran Fabio Quagliarella became Italy’s oldest international goalscorer at 36 when he converted the first of two penalties. And they followed goals by Stefano Sensi and Marco Verratti, before Juventus star Moise Kean added a fifth 20 minutes from time an...

Result: Record-breaking Fabio Quagliarella caps Italy rout

Italy posted a second successive win at the start of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by brushing aside Liechtenstein 6-0 in Parma. Fabio Quagliarella became Italy’s oldest international goalscorer at 36 when he converted the first of two penalties. Liechtenstein played the second half with 10 men after Daniel Kaufmann was sent off for conceding the second spot-kick, but Italy had already inflicted too much damage as Quagliarella’s successful conversion made it 4-0. Stefano Sensi and Marco Verratti had set the Azzurri on their way, while Juventus star Moise Kean added a fifth 20 minutes from time and debutant Leonardo Pavoletti completed the scoring. Italy manager Roberto Mancini made seven changes, including a senior debut for Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini, while Quagl...

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