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Wednesday September 30 2020
Lazio and Atalanta, the best of enemies

If these sides were the great entertainers of Serie A last season, then Atalanta showed Giancarlo Rinaldi they’ve still got the upper hand over Lazio.

This town ain’t big enough for the both of us, they used to say in the Wild West. And in the Serie A saloon, it would appear, there is a similar simmering animosity between two contenders to be the most attacking and entertaining side in the division. Their latest showdown saw Atalanta send Lazio scampering off into the sunset in some style.

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Wednesday September 30 2020
Lazio still lacking valid options

The Scudetto run crumbled due to a lack of strength in depth, so Lee Bushe explains why Lazio fans fear a similar outcome in Serie A and the Champions League this season.

Not for the first time, Lazio supporters voiced their discontent with Claudio Lotito’s running of the club. Displaying a banner over a bridge in Rome, they did not hold back, accusing the club of making “false promises” towards them and complaining about the “usual havoc” in the transfer window.

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Monday September 28 2020
Advantage Inter in Scudetto sprint

There can be no denying Inter are Scudetto contenders this season, but Richard Hall warns they aren’t the only challengers to Juventus and a strong start could be crucial.

Antonio Conte said that his first season in charge had given Inter back their credibility both in Italy and on the European stage, but even he cannot hide the fact they need to step up from that now and provide silverware. The bedding in period is over, the foundations have been laid, there can be no more downplaying of their ambitions.

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Sunday September 27 2020
Inter bench to the rescue

Strength in depth made all the difference at San Siro, writes Kaustubh Pandey, as Inter substitutes changed the game against Fiorentina.

There was a brief period in the game on Saturday when Fiorentina would have been feeling like proper European contenders, as they rode on Franck Ribery’s masterclass to go 3-2 up at San Siro. There was this feeling of deja vu creeping in, as La Viola were the only team that Inter had failed to beat last season and it seemed like another one of those days.

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Saturday September 26 2020
Dzeko better off staying at Roma

Perhaps it’s time Edin Dzeko accepts his fate is to remain at Roma and Lee Bushe believes it’s a better outcome for all concerned.

One lesson that footballers tend to learn the hard way is that the grass isn’t necessarily always greener on the other side. Take Alexis Sanchez, for example. In January 2018, he left Arsenal - where he was the star of the show and one of the Premier League’s best players - for Manchester United, where his stock dramatically decreased. Sanchez, now at Inter, spoke recently of how he regretted leaving Arsenal as soon as he started training at Carrington.

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Saturday September 26 2020
Skriniar not right for Conte's Inter

Milan Skriniar appears to be on the way out of Inter, as Kaustubh Pandey explains why the Slovakian simply didn’t suit Antonio Conte’s tactics.

The last few months have been very strange for Milan Skriniar. When Antonio Conte first came in to replace Luciano Spalletti at Inter last summer, many saw the Slovakian as a player who could become an icon under the maniacal Italian.

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Friday September 25 2020
Balotelli an intriguing fit for Genoa

Mario Balotelli looks as if he’ll sign for Genoa and Richard Hall writes that this could be the perfect fit for both, although any harmony is likely to be short lived.

Many will think that this is a case of the madman running the asylum; maybe they are right in some way. Mario Balotelli is on the verge of signing for Genoa, a club whose only constant is an annual ability to underwhelm, his presence will surely bring further chaos to a club that already has plenty of it. Mario has never had a great relationship with any of his employers, but could it work in the short term? Genoa are in desperate need of a goal scorer and his arrival could give them a spark this season.

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Friday September 25 2020
More to Milan than Ibrahimovic

Milan entered the Europa League match against Bodo/Glimt severely under-strength, but proved they can win even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, writes Vijay Rahaman.

Mere hours before kick-off, it was confirmed that talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic had tested positive for the Coronavirus. The Swede had heavily influenced the upturn in fortunes of the San Siro club, scoring three of their four goals this season, but now the team faced a determined Norwegian outfit looking to have their say.

To make matters worse, Ante Rebic was also suspended, so 18-year-old Lorenzo Colombo had to lead the attack. After months of dependence on Zlatan, others needed to step up for Milan...

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Thursday September 24 2020
The sky's the limit for Atalanta

La Dea have maintained the core of the side that drew plaudits both at home and abroad last season, and Owen Diana believes they can do even better in 2020-21.

The dawn of a new campaign is always exciting for any football fan, but that is especially true when your team has resided in dreamland for the last two years. Consecutive third-placed finishes and a trip to the Champions League quarter-finals were unprecedented for Atalanta, but they seem well placed to follow up those historic feats with further success in 2020-21. Finishing in the top four and reaching the knockout stages in Europe’s premier cup competition should be the minimum aim. However, a tilt at domestic and continental glory is not out of the question.

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Wednesday September 23 2020
Milan's Norwegian nightmare...

Rosenborg shocked Milan in 1996 by winning at San Siro – and entered Norwegian football folklore. Martin Mork explains why Bodø/Glimt believe they can make history on Thursday…

Milan fans, do you remember when Rosenborg came to San Siro on December 4, 1996? When Vegard Heggem rose between Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi to knock in the winning goal? It doesn’t really matter if you believe it happened or not, because in Norway, we’ve watched the replays a million times.

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