sport news Euro 2020: Roberto Mancini calls Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci the world's ...

sport news Euro 2020: Roberto Mancini calls Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci the world's ...
sport news Euro 2020: Roberto Mancini calls Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci the world's ...
Roberto Mancini hails Italy's centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci as the world's best... and the pair with a combined age of SEVENTY face Spain in their Euro 2020 semi-final on Tuesday

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Italy boss Roberto Mancini believes he has the world's best centre-back pairing in Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

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The Juventus team-mates — combined age 70 — were at their most cunning during the 2-1 victory over Belgium to set up tonight's semi-final against Spain

Chiellini was returning after injuring a flexor muscle in the opening game of the tournament, but his partnership with Bonucci was key in resisting Belgium's push for an equaliser.

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has described Giorgio Chiellini (left) and Leonardo Bonucci (right) as the best two centre-backs in world football after their fine form for the Azzurri

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has described Giorgio Chiellini (left) and Leonardo Bonucci (right) as the best two centre-backs in world football after their fine form for the Azzurri

The pair have played together for club and country for 11 years and have a great understanding

The pair have played together for club and country for 11 years and have a great understanding

Italy v Spain: Three key battles from semi-final 

Leonardo Bonucci v Alvaro Morata

Bonucci has stuck up for his Juventus team-mate in recent days. Morata was poor in the quarter-final and came off after 54 minutes. You do not know what you will get from him. The same cannot be said of Bonucci. The veteran centre back has been outstanding at the Euros and you'd back him to get the better of his friend in this game.

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This should be fascinating — two ball-players who will be tasked with picking dangerous passes.  Pedri, 18, has been a revelation, but we

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