Italy coach Antonio Conte has called on Marco Verratti to take the next step towards replacing Andrea Pirlo as the Azzurri`s midfield orchestrator ahead of this weekend`s Euro 2016 qualifier away to Bulgaria.
Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain returns from a one-match suspension as Napoli look to boost their Champions League qualifying bid away to Torino this weekend, when struggling title hopefuls Roma host runaway leaders Juventus.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has warned over the counter-attacking threat of Borussia Dortmund, but believes the Italians` Champions League ambitions will shine through in their last 16 clash in Turin on Tuesday.
Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo opted to not include back-to-back Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in his UEFA Champions League dream team. The team, however, has the Real Madrid front-man's eternal rival Lionel Messi, leading the attack.
A last-gasp screamer from Andrea Pirlo saw Juventus stretch their impressive record over Torino in a 2-1 `Derby della Mole` win as Roberto Mancini suffered his first defeat back in the Inter hot seat on Sunday.
Andrea Pirlo is finally getting into his elegant stride for Juventus, just in time for the match which is likely to determine whether or not they progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Italian midfield star Andrea Pirlo appears to be hitting peak form in time for a crucial clash against Olympiakos on Tuesday that could prove decisive for Juventus`s hopes of qualifying from Group A in the Champions League.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has called for the champions to underline their status in Italy`s Serie A after a European slip-up in midweek that has injected extra belief into Roma ahead of the sides` Serie A showdown on Sunday.