Carles Puyol has named the toughest XI he ever faced - and there are some surprise inclusions and omissions
As Europe's football powerhouses name their final 23-man squads for Euro 2016, TheHardTackle looks at five players who will miss the opportunity to represent their country in this summer's tournament in France.
It looks increasingly likely that the current Italy manager will take over as Jose Mourinho's long term successor at Chelsea FC. Andrea Pirlo, one of his players at Juventus and Italy, recently opened up about his former manager.
Italian Champions Juventus are currently undergoing a major reshuffle of their squad following the departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez to New York City FC, Bayern Munich and Boca Juniors, respectively. Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri earned considerable praise last season for guiding the Bianconeri to a Domestic League-Cup double as well as a European Final. After making such wholesale changes to the squad over the course of the summer, it will be interesting to see how Allegri lines up his troops for the upcoming season.
The two superpowers of world football, Real Madrid and Juventus, meet each other in the first semi final of UEFA Champions League in Turin and looking at the current form of both the teams, this game promises to be a memorable one.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri felt that the tough match they faced against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday night will hold them in good stead for their preparations of the return leg in March at the Westfalenstadion.
Italy boss Antonio Conte has stressed that Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti will have to fight for the place in starting XI as only one of the two will get to play from the start.
Ahead of his country’s opening World Cup game against their fierce rivals, Italy legend Alessandro Nesta has claimed that his compatriot Andrea Pirlo is better than England captain Steven Gerrard.
Heavyweights England and Italy collide on Saturday with too much at stake. Catch the latest team news, tactical insight and predictions.
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