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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
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
Zapata: ‘We took our chances’

Duvan Zapata is delighted with Sampdoria’s 3-2 win over Juventus, saying the Blucerchiati ‘took their chances.’

Marco Giampaolo’s team claimed a famous victory over the Serie A champions at Marassi this afternoon, a result that would have been far more convincing were it not for two late Juve consolation goals.

“We have given great happiness to our fans,” Colombian forward Zapata told Mediaset after scoring his side’s opener early in the second half.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Skomina ref for Napoli-Shakhtar

Damir Skomina of Slovenia will be the referee for Napoli’s Champions League showdown with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday at 19.45 GMT.

This is a must-win game for the Partenopei, as otherwise they are out of the running for a place in the Round of 16.

Skomina is no stranger to Napoli, as he already officiated their 2-1 victory against Manchester City in 2011-12 and the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last season.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Unimaginative Milan

Vincenzo Montella’s adjusted midfield shape failed to threaten Napoli’s goal at the San Paolo, explains Matthew Santangelo.

In the build-up to Napoli-Milan, multiple reports out of Italy suggested Coach Vincenzo Montella was leaning towards not only fielding a few different faces, but also running out a different shape. Naturally, opinions were mixed on the many projected changes, but once official line-ups were announced, the Rossoneri’s formation and placement of certain personnel resulted in plenty of head-scratching.

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Saturday November 18 2017
Player Ratings: Napoli 2-1 Milan

Who takes credit for the Napoli victory and emerges with dignity from this latest Milan defeat? Football Italia rated the Stadio San Paolo sides.

Words: Ciro Di Brita - @Ciruzzo36

Napoli

Pepe Reina –  6

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Saturday November 18 2017
Jorginho: 'No Brazil-Italy regrets'

Napoli midfielder Jorginho reveals his “head was spinning for a couple of days” when he had to choose between Brazil and Italy, but has “no regrets.”

His assist gave Lorenzo Insigne the opening goal in tonight’s 2-1 win over Milan before Piotr Zielinski added a second.

“It’s an important victory in the Scudetto race and very difficult against a great side like Milan,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday November 18 2017
Bonucci: 'Milan too fearful'

Leonardo Bonucci concedes Milan are held back by “fear” and lack self-confidence after the 2-1 defeat to Napoli. “We do things that are too predictable.”

Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski sprung the offside trap at the Stadio San Paolo, while Alessio Romagnoli’s late volley was mere consolation.

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Saturday November 18 2017
Sarri: 'Not the best Napoli'

Maurizio Sarri admits it wasn’t Napoli’s best performance, but was still enough to beat Milan, then stood up for fired Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura.

The Partenopei secured their place at the top of the Serie A table with a 2-1 victory this evening, thanks to goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski.

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Saturday November 18 2017
Montella: 'Happy with Milan performance'

Vincenzo Montella was “happy with the Milan performance, proportional to the anger I felt at losing when playing so well” against Napoli.

Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski sealed the 2-1 result ahead of a late Alessio Romagnoli volley.

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