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Has Roberto Mancini struck gold in Azzurri midfield?
09:00 Friday 13th September 2019

When Roberto Mancini signed as Italy’s manager, the Azzurri were in dire straits. Fresh off a shocking failure to qualify for the World Cup, it wasn’t the job for the light-hearted. Since then, he’s executed exactly what…

Why recent signings Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye can backfire on PSG
12:01 Thursday 8th August 2019

Paris Saint-Germain picked up Ander Herrera on a free transfer at June’s beginning. Les Parisiens then brought in Idrissa Gueye for £29 million nine days ago. Two decent, hard-working central midfielders who add depth. Nonetheless,…

Neymar's injury, Thomas Tuchel, PSG's nightmare
09:00 Saturday 2nd February 2019

The Parc des Princes trophy cabinet still lacks the desired centrepiece. The French League Cup, Coupe de la Ligue and the Ligue 1 title are deeded to Paris Saint-Germain since the Qatari Investment Authority purchased the club. Leonardo…

International Friendlies: England v Italy: A Combined XI
17:28 Tuesday 27th March 2018

The Three Lions are set to face Italy at the Wembley tonight. England have won only one of their last seven matches against the Azzurri. Their last encounter ended in a 1-1 draw in 2015. Gareth Southgate’s side has been unbeaten in last…

World Cup
Four players Italy should build around
16:00 Sunday 19th November 2017

There is no question that one of the biggest disappointments during the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers was Italy's elimination against Sweden. The Azzurri were the stronger team on paper, but failed to defeat an organised Swedish side and ended…

Andres Iniesta's lifetime contract a double-edged sword
12:30 Saturday 14th October 2017

Andres Iniesta's new lifetime contract is being questioned. Didn't Barcelona object to PSG's buy-now-pay-later policy? At least that was for a young player. The captain is still eager to play on a regular basis. Nonetheless, at 33, it's hard…

Has Marco Verratti suddenly become much more available?
14:45 Thursday 20th July 2017

There's a young Italian of just 24 years of age over in Paris who controls central midfield like a seasoned veteran with sheer class on the ball and a surprising bite to his tackles. Marco Verratti has established himself as a top class player…

Areas FC Barcelona need to strengthen in over the summer
21:00 Friday 2nd June 2017

Despite winning the Copa del Rey last week, FC Barcelona have had a poor season by their standards. With a new manager now appointed, they must bring in some players during the transfer window in the summer if they want to become the formidable…

Three players Chelsea must sign to win the Champions League
15:00 Thursday 13th April 2017

Chelsea has nine games left to play in the Premier League this season,  the Blues have a seven-point lead at the top of the pile. It's fair to say that Chelsea will definitely qualify for the Champions League next season. The big question is,…