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Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli merges style and substance to devastating effect, writes Jack Stevens, challenging Pep Guardiola's approach.
The Azzurri stuttering their way to qualification for a major tournament is no reason to panic, says Giancarlo Rinaldi, but business as usual.
Much more is expected of Marco Verratti in an Italy jersey, but Richard Hall points out Giampiero Ventura isn't making it easy.
With hopes of automatic qualification all but gone, the Azzurri focus shifts to the World Cup play-off, writes Nick Valerio.
Every single gamble Giampiero Ventura took back-fired at the Bernabeu, but Susy Campanale hopes Italy can at least learn from it.
Giampiero Ventura has still not settled on a tactical shape for the Azzurri, as Greg Murray analyses the options in Spain.
Spain are favourites for their clash with Italy on Saturday, but is it justified? Livio Caferoglu looks at what’s changed since La Roja’s draw in Turin a year ago.
Roma won the bidding war for Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick, but is he the best use of their resources? Michael Barbaro thinks not.
It's a very different Italy side that travels to Spain compared to the one that drew 1-1 in October 2016, writes Richard Hall.
With transfer records shattered this summer, Ramez Nathan lists 11 Serie A players who ought to be worth more.
Napoli, Juventus and Inter showed they are learning not to repeat historic mistakes, so Susy Campanale hopes Andrea Belotti does too.
Atalanta may have taken six points from Napoli last season, but this time around things look very different, writes Chloe Beresford.
Luciano Spalletti returns to the Stadio Olimpico as a rival, but already knows how it feels to be jeered by Roma fans, writes Richard Hall.
Winning ugly is something the Giallorossi were rarely capable of, so Tom Scholes sees a more mature side.
A bolstered and newly reconfigured Rossoneri are still developing under Vincenzo Montella, writes Matthew Santangelo.
Napoli’s accomplished performance in Nice proved Italian teams can win Champions League play-offs, writes George Rinaldi.
The Partenopei hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg with Nice, but Gaby McKay warns they can’t be complacent on the Côte d’Azur.
The San Siro giants are back in business, Roma learned how to win ugly and VAR had mixed results, as Susy Campanale rounds up Week 1.

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