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Monday September 18 2017
Too much, too little

The Serie A quality gap is growing fast and it’s not going to help anybody to stay on this path, writes Susy Campanale.

Benevento Coach Marco Baroni said it all after a 6-0 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo: “There was simply too much Napoli for us to deal with.” Maurizio Sarri’s men are a handful for most opponents, but this weekend saw the line blurred between minnows and cannon fodder. It’s the first time since 1960-61 that three teams have a perfect record after four rounds in Serie A. This is not a positive statistic.

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Sunday September 17 2017
Liveblog: Serie A Super Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action from today’s seven Serie A games, including Sassuolo-Juventus, Napoli-Benevento, Milan-Udinese and Genoa-Lazio.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) at the Mapei Stadium when Juventus try to maintain their 100 per cent Serie A record, but leave the Barcelona nightmare behind them, against Sassuolo.

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Sunday September 17 2017
Del Neri happy despite Udinese loss

Luigi Del Neri declared himself pleased with Udinese despite their 2-1 defeat to Milan.

The Bianconeri were beaten at the San Siro by a pair of Nikola Kalinic goals, despite briefly getting back on level terms through Kevin Lasagna.

Speaking post-match, the experienced tactician admitted he was disappointed with the manner of Kalinic’s winner.

“It was a shame about the second goal we conceded,” Del Neri began.

“It came from a situation we could have dealt with.

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Sunday September 17 2017
Montella: 'Milan getting there'

Vincenzo Montella said Milan are “getting accustomed” to playing as a unit after their 2-1 win over Udinese and explained his choices.

Nikola Kalinic bagged a brace at San Siro, though Kevin Lasagna’s goal kept them on their toes.

“I liked the performance, but not so much the slip in concentration after the Udinese goal was disallowed, as that could’ve been costly,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

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Sunday September 17 2017
Kessie dedicates win to Conti

Milan’s Franck Kessie has dedicated this afternoon’s 2-1 win over Udinese to the injured Andrea Conti.

23-year-old Conti has been ruled out of action for up to six months after sustaining a knee ligament injury.

A brace by Nikola Kalinic on debut ensured the Rossoneri ran out winners at the San Siro today, meaning they now have three victories and nine points from their four Serie A matches this season.

“We dedicate this victory to Andrea Conti,” midfielder Kessie told reporters after the final whistle.

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Sunday September 17 2017
Kalinic brace on Milan debut

Nikola Kalinic bagged a decisive brace on his first Serie A start for Milan, and had a third disallowed via VAR, to beat Udinese 2-1.

The Rossoneri already got straight back on track after last weekend’s 4-1 defeat to Lazio, winning 5-1 in the Europa League away to Austria Vienna.

Despite large-scale squad rotation from Vincenzo Montella, they didn’t miss a beat and got all three points at San Siro in front of 50,000 fans.

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Sunday September 17 2017
Line-ups: Milan-Udinese

Milan make massive changes against Udinese, starting Suso and Nikola Kalinic at the head of a 3-5-2 formation with Jack Bonaventura.

It kicks off at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), follow the build-up and action from all today’s games on the LIVEBLOG.

The Rossoneri have won every competitive match this term bar one, the 4-1 humiliation at Lazio last weekend, so are eager to get back on track in Serie A.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Antonelli out for Milan too

Milan are without Luca Antonelli and Andrea Conti for Sunday’s encounter with Udinese.

It kicks off tomorrow at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Rossoneri were beaten 4-1 by Lazio last week, but got back on track in the Europa League by thrashing Austria Vienna 5-1.

Conti is out for six months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in training on Friday and underwent surgery this morning.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Del Neri wants 'perfect' Udinese

Udinese Coach Gigi Del Neri warned they need to be “perfect to get points against Milan” at San Siro tomorrow.

It kicks off on Sunday at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“Milan invested a great deal and have important players. They can change their shape with so many different options, all of them of a high level,” said Del Neri in his Press conference.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Montella: 'Milan tactics evolving'

Vincenzo Montella discussed the “evolution” of his Milan tactics and the importance of determination ahead of their meeting with Udinese.

It kicks off on Sunday at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

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