Italian Paper Talk: Too Much Smoke, Not Enough Italy

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Azzurri fail to impress as they are held by Croatia at San Siro…

All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Italy with reaction to the Azzurri’s 1-1 draw with Croatia including the flares from the visiting fans.


Image courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport.

– Too much smoke, not enough Italy.

– Italy 1-1 Croatia. Shame of the visiting Ultras.
– The national team fades. Antonio Candreva gives us the lead, a mistake from Gianluigi Buffon and then we suffer.
– Flares and fights: match suspended for 10 minutes.

– The secrets of Benitez: I work on the mind. “I give a footballing education, I don’t just teach a formation. The Napoli of the future must be built without me.”

– Inter revolution. Roberto Mancini believes. Milan have a jack up their sleeves.

– Adani says no to being Mancini’s assistant: “I’ll stay with Sky.” And Bonaventura dreams of the step-up.

– Francesco Totti represents the beauty of football. A champion off the field too. Fachetti Award for the Roma man who is with us today.

– Terrible clash for Mertens, hit on the head and faints on the field. During Belgium v Wales the Napoli player ended up in hospital. Then he Tweets “I am well”.

– Pereyra support. The Juve wildcard who didn’t have money to buy shoes. From a difficult childhood to Allegri’s 12th man: the romance of the Argentine’s career.

Image courtesy of Corriere dello Sport.

– Italy held.

– The Azzurri suffer, but get a draw against Croatia (1-1). Ahead through Candreva, a goal from Perisic soon after with a Buffon error. Kovac’s side dominate, match suspended twice due to Croatian flares.

– “Attack! Shoot! Press!”. This is how Mancini shakes-up Inter.

– His words to the players, a simulated derby.

– Juve want Chiriches, Roma go for Balanta.

– In January, the signings for the Scudetto.

– Fear for Mertens, anxiety for Napoli. He faints during Belgium’s match. Head knock, but he recovers.

– Trap on Greece: “I’m ready”.

Image courtesy of Tuttosport.

– Lots of smoke, not much heat.

–  Ugly Italy, they only draw with Croatia. Candreva scores at the start. Perisic responds with a little help from Buffon.
– Azzurri in trouble for long periods.
– Match suspended in the second half for the repeated throwing of flares by the Croatian Ultras.

– Come on Juve, this Tevez is a hardman for the Champions League.

– Montero speaks. Interview with the Uruguayan who debuted on the Penarol bench by winning 4-0.

– Ganz, ex of both teams: “I think it’ll be Torres’ night.

– Mancini priorities. Palacio, the fans and the Champions League.

– Toro turning point. Barreto and five others out?

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