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Rafa Benitez insists the defeat to Porto was “not a step back” for Napoli, as fitness levels are crucial right now.
Goran Pandev had given Napoli the lead, but defensive errors and a strong Juan Quintero performance saw Porto win 3-1.
Alberto Aquilani concedes Fiorentina are dreaming of the Scudetto, “but it’d be very difficult.”
Giorgio Chiellini feels it “would be crazy to leave Juventus now,” even for Real Madrid, as the club is really going places.
There are reports Clarence Seedorf had already signed a contract to take over as Milan Coach, but it was scrapped due to economic concerns.
Udinese confirmed they could request the Serie A Week 1 game with Lazio be postponed to Monday August 26.
Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella warns he is willing to drop Adem Ljajic. “I can’t play him if he’s not calm.”
Bologna have set up a friendly against Liverpool Under-21s on August 6 after their planned match with Stoke was cancelled.
Rafa Benitez shakes things up with Dries Mertens, Rafael and Juan Camilo Zuniga starting in Napoli-Porto.
Patrick Vieira is being lined up as the future Coach of Inter, according to the Sunday People.
Diego Milito has his sights set on a comeback against Juventus after his devastating injury. “I couldn’t have saved Inter, though.”
Beppe Marotta confirmed Juventus “are in the phase of removing excess players,” including two strikers.
Udinese have paid tribute to Coach Francesco Guidolin, who today marks the 40th anniversary of his football debut.
Gervinho is already in Italy for his medical to complete his €8m transfer from Arsenal to Roma. "I'm very happy, it was my dream."
Carlos Tevez admits Antonio Conte’s gruelling training regime is taking its toll at Juventus. “I haven’t worked this hard since I was at Boca Juniors.”
England are looking for a new Under-21 manager and it’s rumoured ex-Italy boss Devis Mangia is among the candidates.
Refereeing chief Stefano Braschi has warned there will be “zero tolerance” in Serie A this season for shirt-tugging and protests.
New Roma signing Tin Jedvaj has been won over by Coach Rudi Garcia. “He handles interpersonal relationships well and we all feel important.”
Milan face Chelsea tonight in New York with Mario Balotelli and Riccardo Montolivo back as Max Allegri wants “concentration and pride.”
Sampdoria won the Trofeo Riccardo Garrone after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Olympique Marseille.
Walter Mazzarri expects “a tough game” against Valencia tonight, though Inter are “going way beyond even the best hopes I had.”
Juventus were still feeling the effects of pre-season preparation in their shock 3-1 defeat to LA Galaxy. “We need to wake up,” slammed Antonio Conte.
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Milan continue negotiations with Fiorentina for Adem Ljajic, which could be closed at €10m after the player changed agent.
Cagliari earned a prestigious 1-0 victory over Fabrizio Ravanelli’s French side Ajaccio.
Arsene Wenger was impressed by Napoli in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal and confirmed Gervinho’s advanced talks with Roma.
Sassuolo played a six-goal thriller with Empoli, Alessandro Diamanti missed a penalty for Bologna and Atalanta ran riot against Brazilians.
Vincenzo Montella has advised Adem Ljajic to stay at Fiorentina after Milan sent a formal €8m offer.
Pepe Reina saved an Arsenal penalty on his Napoli debut and is excited to join “an ambitious project in the Champions League.”
Rafa Benitez saw “a good game” from Napoli in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal. “We showed what we can do.”
Serie B has its first coaching casualty, as Carmine Gautieri has left Bari by mutual consent after just 20 days.
Fiorentina continued their excellent pre-season preparations, beating Turkish side Gaziantepspor 4-1.
Lazio have officially signed Barcelona’s teenage full-back Moustapha Seck on a free transfer.
Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev gave Napoli a 2-0 lead at the Emirates Cup on Gonzalo Higuain’s debut, but Arsenal fought back for a 2-2 draw after Pepe Reina’s penalty save.
Only details remain, so Roma could complete their €8m transfer for Arsenal’s Gervinho within hours.

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