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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
Liveblog: Serie A Super Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s Serie A games, including Sampdoria-Juventus, SPAL-Fiorentina and Inter-Atalanta.

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

We begin at 11.30 GMT with Crotone-Genoa, a relegation dogfight with the debut of new Grifone Coach Davide Ballardini.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Semplici happy with SPAL ‘consistency’

Leonardo Semplici is pleased with SPAL’s new found ‘consistency’ after a third game without defeat.

The Biancazzurri held Fiorentina to a 1-1 draw in Ferrara this afternoon, a result which their Coach describes as ‘a good point’ despite the concession of a late equaliser.

“We are giving consistency to our good performances,” Semplici claimed after the match.

“We were hoping to get a win in the end, but instead we got a good point against a good Fiorentina team.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Pioli praise for Viola ‘grit’

Stefano Pioli praises Fiorentina for showing ‘grit’ to earn a draw at SPAL, although he admits there is room for improvement.

La Viola were on course for a third successive Serie A defeat after falling behind to Alberto Paloschi’s goal just before half time, but Federico Chiesa’s goal 10 minutes from time secured a point.

“We wanted to win, we tried but it wasn’t enough,” a disappointed Pioli commented post-match in Ferrara.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Chiesa rescues Fiorentina point

Federico Chiesa snatched a point from SPAL, but Fiorentina were fortunate not to fall at the Stadio Mazza.

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Sunday November 19 2017
Serie A line-ups

See all the official line-ups from this afternoon’s Serie A games, including Sampdoria-Juventus, SPAL-Fiorentina and Benevento-Sassuolo.

They all kick off at 14.00 GMT, follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

Benevento-Sassuolo

Benevento: Brignoli; Letizia, Antei, Costa, Di Chiara; Cataldi, Viola, Chibsah; Ciciretti, Armenteros, D'Alessandro

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Sunday November 19 2017
Viola fan Semplici eyes victory

SPAL boss Leonardo Semplici admits he is a Fiorentina fan but is eyeing an ‘important’ victory over his boyhood heroes.

The Biancazzurri Coach supported the Viola as a boy and today faces the Florence side for the first time as a tactician.

“It’s a very important game for us,” Semplici, whose newly promoted team have taken four points from their last two Serie A matches, told his pre-match Press conference.

“Fiorentina have great qualities and a lot of desire to get points.

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Saturday November 18 2017
Fiorentina lose pair for SPAL

Fiorentina are without Cyril Thereau and Milan Badelj for their trip to SPAL on Sunday afternoon.

It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Coach Stefano Pioli has fitness issues to deal with, as striker Thereau and midfielder Badelj are out of action.

Defender Vincent Laurini is in the squad, but unlikely to be fit enough for a place in the starting XI.

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Saturday November 18 2017
Official: New Chiesa contract

Federico Chiesa has officially extended his contract with Fiorentina to June 2022, despite interest from Juventus, Napoli, PSG and Chelsea.

The versatile winger just turned 20 last month and his contract was due to expire in 2021.

Today’s announcement confirms he has put pen to paper on a new deal just 10 months after his last contract.

It’s reported there is no release clause in this new contract and his wages are bumped up to €2m per year, but it won't stall approaches from European giants.

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Thursday November 16 2017
Neto: ‘Juventus didn’t believe in me’

Neto laments that he “didn’t have the confidence” of Juventus, and admits “maybe things could have gone differently if I’d stayed at Fiorentina”.

The Brazilian spent two seasons with the Bianconeri as Gianluigi Buffon’s understudy, but managed just 11 Serie A appearances in that time and move to Valencia this summer.

“They were two important years,” Neto told Fox Sports in an interview which will be broadcast in full tomorrow night.

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