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Monday November 20 2017
Wk13: Take nothing for granted

There's a revolution taking place in Serie A and anyone who assumes things are going their way will be left empty-handed, writes Susy Campanale.

After a break for international duty that saw Italy miss out on their first World Cup since 1958, it was only fitting that this weekend’s Serie A games should follow a similar theme: take nothing for granted.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Sky: Ventura at war with Azzurri squad

Sky Sport Italia claim Giampiero Ventura stormed out on the Italy squad ahead of the Sweden game, telling them to “pick your own team.”

The Coach refused to resign after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, losing the play-off to Sweden 1-0 on aggregate.

He was sacked this week, but the details of what went on behind the scenes are still emerging.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Tavecchio: 'Italy debacle avoidable'

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio feels the Italy “debacle could’ve been avoided with a little intelligence” from Giampiero Ventura and asked players for advice on the Coach.

The Azzurri lost the World Cup play-off 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden, falling 1-0 in Solna and playing out a goalless draw at San Siro.

“I am tired psychologically of thinking of these last two play-off games. It’s like an obsession, going round and around my mind,” Tavecchio told Le Iene.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Tavecchio lists Italy options

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio revealed the choices for the Italy bench: Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Max Allegri, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini.

The Azzurri missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden.

This cost Coach Giampiero Ventura his job and, as Tavecchio is refusing to step down, he will be tasked with choosing a replacement.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Malago': 'Lippi chose Ventura'

CONI President Giovanni Malagò believes Carlo Ancelotti would take the Italy job with a change in the Federation and reveals Marcello Lippi chose Giampiero Ventura.

Tomorrow there is a Federation meeting and there are mixed reports regarding FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio, as La Repubblica claim he will resign, whereas news agency Ansa insist he won’t.

“I think and I hope that Tavecchio will resign,” the President of the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) told Rai programme Che Tempo Che Fa.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Cannavaro: 'Italy start from scratch'

Fabio Cannavaro believes Italy’s World Cup failure was “10 years in the making and we’ve got to start from scratch” after sacking Giampiero Ventura.

Cannavaro lifted the trophy in 2006, but fast forward to 2018 and the Azzurri aren’t even participating for the first time in 60 years.

“There are no explanations, nor blame to be apportioned,” Cannavaro told Sky Sport Italia and TMW Radio.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Papu Gomez: 'Inter just the start'

Papu Gomez sees Inter as only the beginning for “an important run of fixtures that will have a big say” in Atalanta’s season.

It kicks off at San Siro at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action on the LIVEBLOG.

“This is the first match in an important run of fixtures that will have a big say on the future of our campaign in Serie A and Europe,” he told Inter TV.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Donadoni: 'I turned down Italy'

Roberto Donadoni turned down the chance to return to the Italy bench two years ago. “I preferred to respect my Bologna contract.”

He had already taken the Azzurri job after the Calciopoli scandal and World Cup triumph from 2006 to 2008, reaching the European Championship quarter-finals.

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio had originally offered Donadoni the post before going for Giampiero Ventura instead.

“There was this possibility, but I preferred to respect my Bologna contract,” confirmed the Coach in his Press conference today.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Marotta: 'Juventus at 70 per cent'

Juventus director Beppe Marotta feels they are currently “only at 70 per cent” of their capabilities and discussed the need for a FIGC plan going forward.

Their trip to Sampdoria kicks off at 14.00 GMT, follow the build-up and action as it happens from all today’s Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli are rested after Italy crashed out of the 2018 World Cup, losing the play-offs to Sweden.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Report: Tavecchio will resign

Beleaguered FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio is expected to hand in his resignation tomorrow, sparking new elections in 2018.

Tavecchio has so far refused to quit after Italy crashed out of the 2018 World Cup play-offs to Sweden, their first failure to reach this tournament since 1958.

He sacked Coach Giampiero Ventura and tried to pin the blame solely on the tactician, but there have been growing calls for him to step down too.

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