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Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will lead the Azzurri at Euro 2016 and is going to face the Republic of Ireland.

Speaking about Irish players, the 46-year-old reportedly told Irish Times: “The Irish players are maybe not well known in Italy but there are some very useful ones.”

“A player I like a lot, for example, is Southampton striker Shane Long and then there is Seamus Coleman at Everton and the central defender John O’Shea who is a very, very good player.” Conte added.

“No, no, you cannot tell me that I don’t know this Irish team.”

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These has been Branislav Ivanovic releases after yesterday’s victory on the thin ice against Southampton, where a header of Serbian defender meant for Chelsea the second back-to-back win after the huge one against Newcastle on 13rd of February.

“I didn’t actually see the ball go into the net but it is fantastic, a great feeling. I think these goals are not important for the individual but they are important for us and we work as a team”.

Ivanovic perfectly replaced the captain Terry, whom is still recovering from a tedious hamstring injury.

Yesterday’s score was the second of the season for the 32 years old central defender, scored just 14 minutes after Cesc Fabregas had cancelled out Shane Long’s first-half opener for Southampton.

 

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