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Champions League fight gets fierce

Approaching the final two months of the Serie A season, Football Italia’s Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at some of the key games in the Champions League race. When the smoke dissipated from San Siro and the Derby Della Madonnina had been completely digested by the morning papers, the attention turned to the race for the Champions […]

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Spinazzola the new Zambrotta

Versatile, attacking and confident in big games, Hasan Saiyid feels Leonardo Spinazzola can be the figure Italy have lacked since Gianluca Zambrotta. To a casual observer, it may seem as if Leonardo Spinazzola magically materialised this March. There he suddenly was, feinting, dribbling, taking smart risks on the left side during Juve’s colossal Champions League performance against […]

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This Italy can be braver

The 2-0 victory over Finland showed Roberto Mancini’s Italy are on the right path, but Elio Salerno’s tactical analysis highlights the need to push it further. Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign kicked off with an expected win over Finland. However, despite this being their third consecutive victory and fourth straight clean sheet, Roberto Mancini is still showing […]

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Italy still seeking an identity

Almost a year since Roberto Mancini took over, Anthony Barbagallo believes the Azzurri are playing more attractive football, but still lack cohesion. After the Giampiero Ventura fiasco and the realisation that Italy wouldn’t compete at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, several Italian Coaches – including Carlo Ancelotti – declined the Azzurri’s job offer. Instead, the Nazionale […]

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Liecht at the end of the tunnel?

It was heartening to see an Italy goalfest after what felt like years, but Giancarlo Rinaldi won’t get too excited about thrashing 10-man Liechtenstein. The middle road is not one often taken by football fans, particularly Italian ones. We lurch from profound despair over a defeat to ecstatic joy in victory – sometimes in the space of […]

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Roma require reinforcements

No matter who the Coach is next season, Wayne Girard suggests three players who could begin a new Roma era. Roma sit on the outside looking in for Champions League placement as the season thus far has been a disappointment for owner James Pallotta, and a let-down for its fans. Drastic changes have seen the sacking of […]

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Inter aren’t meant to like Icardi

The Mauro Icardi affair has been handled terribly, but Football Italia’s Chief Correspondent Richard Hall still sees his return as a boost for Inter. Javier Zanetti perhaps did not mean to talk in riddles, but his statement seemed to offer one when asked can Mauro Icardi return against Lazio? “I think we have talked about him too […]

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Ancelotti makes Milik shine

With his injuries now behind him, Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik is flourishing under Carlo Ancelotti’s methodology, writes Hasan Saiyid. At the start of this season, one of several quandaries Carlo Ancelotti faced as new Napoli Coach was how to revive Arkadiusz Milik. The Polish striker had spent a combined nine months over the two previous seasons recovering […]

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The Iceman Cometh

The latest talent unearthed and developed by Atalanta could well be Swiss international midfielder Remo ‘Iceman’ Freuler, explains Wayne Girard. The dense fog rests under the Citta Alta of Bergamo as if the Greek huntress, Atalanta herself, laid a blanket over the valley to shelter her inhabitants. Just two kilometres to the east, the Stadio Atleti […]

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Inzaghi outsmarted toothless Inter

Lazio were happy to let Inter pour forward with no real incision or genuine threat, explains Elio Salerno, as Simone Inzaghi’s gameplan paid off. Simone Inzaghi tactically out-foxed Inter boss Luciano Spalletti and took Lazio to a thoroughly-deserved victory at San Siro. Inter started the match in positive fashion, the intensity was high and Lazio were […]