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 By Ben Gladwell

Antonio Conte asks Serie A bosses to keep Italy stars fit

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti analyses the title race in Italy between Juventus and Roma.

Italy coach Antonio Conte would like to see more done by club coaches to ensure Italian players are getting more regular game time.

The former Juventus coach met with 15 of his colleagues from Serie A clubs on Tuesday and told them he wants to see more Italian talent on the field each weekend. If they cannot oblige, he has asked them to ensure the players he can select his squads from still get a good run-out each weekend to keep them in shape.

"I pointed out to them that, out of 23, only eight to...

 By Ben Gladwell

Antonio Conte hopes Palermo forward Paulo Dybala will opt to play for Italy

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claimed that 20-year-old Argentine forward Paulo Dybala will soon be a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Italy coach Antonio Conte has said he would like to persuade Palermo forward Paulo Dybala to play for Italy rather than opting for either Argentina or Poland.

Dybala, 21, was born in Argentina and has a Polish grandfather and an Italian grandmother.

That means he can choose from those three nations when he comes to make his decision, and he told Italy's RAI television on Wednesday: "I dream of playing for Argentina -- but if Conte calls me, I'll think about it."

And the Italy coach, speaking during...

AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta to join Chennaiyin FC

Alessandro Nesta last played in the MLS.

AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta will join Indian Super League (ISL) side Chennaiyin FC.

Nesta, 38, is due to play a legends match in Bangkok on Dec. 5 but will then link up with Marco Materazzi's table-topping team for the remaining month of the campaign.

Chennaiyin were hit with the news that Colombian striker John Stiven Mendoza has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury and have drafted in the veteran defender as a replacement in the squad.

Materazzi told...

 By Mike Whalley

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli: Francesco Totti is in no position to criticise me

The ESPN FC team grade Mario Balotelli's performances so far this season with Liverpool, and all agree he needs to start scoring goals.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has hit back at Francesco Totti by insisting that the Roma captain has no right to criticise him.

Totti launched a scathing attack on Balotelli last Wednesday by declaring that he "doesn't listen to anyone."

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It follows previous criticism from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who once declared the forward to be "unmanageable" when they were together at Inter Milan.

And Roberto Mancini -- who managed Balotelli at Inter and Manchester City -- has also claimed in the past...

By ESPN Staff
Nov 22, 2014

Allegri plays down club versus country row

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says he has no concerns over his players joining up with the Italian national team.

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