Allegri has yet to name his starting line-up, but with Germany midfielder Sami Khedira sidelined and focused on recovering in time for Cardiff, Venezuelan Tomas Rincon is looking forward to a rare start. Despite some brief respite after following their 2-0 Cup final win over Lazio with a 3-0 romp over Crotone last weekend, he said the focus is firmly on Bologna.
Italy have named an experimental squad for next month's friendly against San Marino on May 31. Rising Sassuolo star Domenico Berardi, Juventus youngster Mattia Caldara and Fiorentina's 19-year-old forward Federico Chiesa are among the 22 players to be
Juventus have stepped up their bid to sign Patrik Schick in an effort to fend off competition from Serie A rivals Inter and Roma for the Sampdoria striker. The Czech Republic international only arrived in Genoa last summer but the €4 million acquisition from Sparta Prague has enjoyed a sensational debut season in Italy, netting 13 times in 34 appearances in all competitions. Schick's fine form has attracted the interest of Serie A's finest and Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has been in constant contact with Sampdoria over the past few months as the Suning group that controls the Nerazzurri looks to overhaul the club's playing squad with a summer spending spree.