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Saturday November 25 2017
Chiesa: 'Fiorentina for a long time'

Federico Chiesa “can see myself at Fiorentina for a long time” and admits there are similarities with his Viola legend father. “I too hunch over when running.”

The son of former Parma star Enrico Chiesa only turned 20 last month, but is already one of the hottest properties in Italian football and recently signed a new contract to June 2022.

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Saturday November 25 2017
Mandzukic wants 'old' Juventus role

Mario Mandzukic is prompting the tactical shift at Juventus, it’s reported, as he no longer wants to be sacrificed as a left-sided winger.

The Croatia international wants to be ready for the centre-forward role at the World Cup next summer and feels his time in Turin is not being used wisely.

According to Tuttosport, Mandzukic has asked Max Allegri to get back to being a striker.

He is tired of making sacrifices and chasing opponents up and down the left flank.

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Saturday November 25 2017
Messi: 'Milan and Inter missed'

Lionel Messi tips Manchester City or PSG for the Champions League, but wants Milan and Inter back in the tournament. “It’s just not the same.”

The Barcelona and Argentina hero spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about Italy’s failure to reach the World Cup.

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Saturday November 25 2017
Bayern confirm Douglas Costa transfer

Bayern Munich announced Juventus will activate their option to buy Douglas Costa at a cost of €46m.

It was confirmed during Friday night’s shareholder’s meeting by chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Douglas Costa made the move on loan with option to buy that could be activated by June 30, 2018.

However, the Press release on the transfer only specified that Juve had to pay €6m and the option to buy permanently was for another €40m, to be paid over two financial years.

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Friday November 24 2017
Napoli sell 50,000 for Juventus

With a week to go until they face Juventus, Napoli confirm they’ve already sold 50,000 tickets.

The Partenopei drew just over 10,000 fans to the midweek win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, but it appears the visit of the Bianconeri is proving far more enticing.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are currently top of Serie A, four points ahead of the champions, and next Friday’s game is already being billed as a crucial match in the Scudetto race.

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Friday November 24 2017
Juventus consider Romagnoli?

Juventus are reportedly considering an offer for Alessio Romagnoli, if Milan fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The Rossoneri are 11 points away from fourth-place Roma as things stand, with the Giallorossi still having a game in hand.

CEO Marco Fassone has admitted they’d have to sell “one or two top players” if the Diavolo don’t make the top four, and Tuttosport reports that Juve are interested in Romagnoli.

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Friday November 24 2017
Ones to watch in Week 14

After a largely successful week for Italian sides in Europe, Serie A returns with a Scudetto race which is in full swing.

Napoli still lead the way, but the Partenopei have Inter, Juventus, Lazio and Roma hot on their heels and no-one can afford to slip up.

Here’s what to look out for in Week 14.

Inter look to go top

The Nerazzurri remain unbeaten so far, and with no European football to contend with Luciano Spalletti’s side should remain well rested throughout the season.

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Friday November 24 2017
Napoli fans: ‘Move Gomorrah!’

Napoli fans have urged Sky to reschedule next week's episode of Gomorrah - as it clashes with the Juventus game.

The acclaimed mafia series, which is set in Naples, is in its third series and is broadcast on Friday nights.

However, next week sees the Partenopei face Juve at 19.45 UK time in what could be a crucial match in the Scudetto race.

As a result, Napoli fans have taken to Facebook and Twitter, and asked Sky Atlantic to move Gomorrah to Thursday, so that it won’t clash with the game.

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Friday November 24 2017
Bentancur: ‘Pjanic inspires me’

Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur reveals Max Allegri has asked him to “be a bit more aggressive” and names Miralem Pjanic as an inspiration.

The midfielder joined the Bianconeri from Boca Juniors in the summer, and has impressed when he has featured this season.

“Allegri asks me to pass the ball quickly and vertically, not horizontally,” Bentancur told Sky.

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Friday November 24 2017
‘Samp must forget Juve result’

Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo has urged his side “not to be lulled too much” by their win against Juventus when they face Bologna.

Samp’s 3-2 victory over Juve last weekend was seen by many as proof of their European credentials, but Giampaolo made it clear his side had to move on from the result.

“Our current position in the table is a big surprise, but we’re feeling good and we’ll try to stay here as long as possible,” he said at a Press conference for Saturday’s trip to the Dall’ara.

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