Italy’s coach Antonio Conte during his side’s victory over Spain in the last 16. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

At his first press conference in Montpellier, before a Euro 2016 ball had been kicked, Italian coach Antonio Conte told us that “the sensations are go(...)

Antonio Conte: “It is not a useless game by any means. It is a game we want to win. Winning breeds confidence. This is not a game to decided on starters and substitutes, which is a feeling I am picking up on and don’t like at all. I am going to try and pick a balanced side. Otherwise we could have problems.”

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Italy manager Antonio Conte will move to Chelsea after the tournamet. Photograph: Getty

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Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro  celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side’s second goal  in the Champions League game against Bayern Munich  at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Juventus 2 Bayern Munich 2 Juventus staged a superb comeback from two goals down to rescue their Champions League hopes and secure a draw against Bay(...)