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Friday January 19 2018
Gasp is Sarri's Kryptonite

Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta won three of their last four meetings with Napoli, so Emmet Gates wonders what makes them so deadly for Maurizio Sarri.

Napoli’s 2017 was record breaking. Despite a trophy less year, Maurizio Sarri’s men collected an astounding 99 points across the 12 months, considerably more than any year in their history. On Sunday, their season resumes with a trip north to play a team and indeed a Coach that Sarri must hate the very idea of facing: Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta.

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Thursday January 18 2018
More Milan lows than highs

Evaluating Milan's season so far, it's easier to pick out the lowlights than the few high points, writes Richard Hall, but Patrick Cutrone was a beacon of hope.

Milan would have welcomed the winter break more than most, after promise turned into disappointment almost from day one. In the early summer, 60,000 turned up to watch the new and most thought improved Milan squad qualify for the Europa League via two preliminary rounds. The enthusiasm would start to drain as results worsened and the players failed to perform. Now on their second Coach of the season, they will be hoping for a better 2018.

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Wednesday January 17 2018
Make or break at San Siro

Despite strong starts for both sides, Inter and Roma go into Sunday's match under increasing pressure, explains Gaby McKay.

When the 2017-18 season began, it appeared as though Luciano Spalletti’s move from Roma to Inter over the summer had been mutually beneficial.

Now though they head into their second meeting of the season in what could be a make-or-break match for both sides, and one which could shift perceptions of both teams and their respective Coaches.

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Wednesday January 17 2018
Was Verdi right to reject Napoli?

Simone Verdi was the primary January transfer target, but the Bologna starlet had to focus on his own development first, writes Vilizar Yakimov.

“I dоn’t want to leave Bologna this month. I preferred to stay here and continue with a growing project until June.” That was Simone Verdi’s confession shortly after increasing reports stated that he is almost certain to join league leaders Napoli before the end of January. The Milan youth product was highlighted as the Partenopei’s No. 1 target for the current transfer window, as Verdi’s name was listed ahead of the likes of another ex-Rossonero Gerard Deulofeu and Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura.

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Tuesday January 16 2018
That boy Barella

One of Italy’s hottest talents, Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella is ready to assume a role at a big club, writes Wayne Girard.

Luigi Riva. Roberto Boninsegna. Angelo Domenghini. Gianfranco Zola. Daniele Conti. Radja Nainggolan. A volatile crossroad in the Mediterranean since the wars between the Aragonese and the Saracens, the ancient island of Sardinia has harboured top talent throughout its history.

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Tuesday January 16 2018
In with the new

Damiano Tommasi is the new voice the FIGC needs after the World Cup debacle, but Giancarlo Rinaldi isn’t sure we’ll get it.

It was, without doubt, the lowest point in recent memory for the Italian national team. The last time the Azzurri failed to qualify for a World Cup was a couple of years before a legend like Franco Baresi was even born. Everyone agreed that radical reform was needed at the organisation which presided over this sporting apocalypse. But who will don their superhero cape and come to the rescue of an operation so clearly in significant distress?

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Monday January 15 2018
Is Lisandro right for Inter?

Inter always did have a special bond with Argentina and hope Lisandro Lopez can strengthen their defence, writes Ramez Nathan.

“Even my 80-year-old mother knows Inter need a centre-back.” Luciano Spalletti’s plaintive cry at being asked yet again whether the Nerazzurri were a little short in defence made it obvious who the first January reinforcement would be. Step forward Lisandro Lopez, who arrives on loan with option to buy from Benfica.

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Sunday January 14 2018
Luis Alberto flourishing at Lazio

Criminally underrated Lazio star Luis Alberto is finally becoming the talent he promised to be while at Liverpool, writes Jack Stevens.

With news emerging that the Biancocelesti are keen to tie him down to an extended deal, just how did Luis Alberto end up where he is? Overlooked and dismissed by Liverpool, polished and refined at Lazio, Luis Alberto is a prime example of the value that can still be obtained in today’s ludicrous transfer market.

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Saturday January 13 2018
Plenty to love about Papu

Beyond his dance moves, goals and vibrant personality, Papu Gomez has been a beacon of loyalty to Bergamo, writes Matthew Santangelo.

Prior to arriving in Bergamo in 2014, Alejandro Gomez spent several successful years in Sicily with Catania, who employed plenty of Argentine internationals to form one of the top flight’s most unique and exciting sides.

After leaving southern Italy for a cup of coffee in Ukraine with Metalist Kharkiv for the 2013-14 season, the diminutive attacker couldn’t resist the urge to make a return to old stomping grounds in Italy, this time settling in Bergamo to play for Atalanta. 

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Friday January 12 2018
Hamsik already a Napoli legend

Marek Hamsik hasn't just broken Napoli records, writes Emmet Gates, but over a decade embedded himself in the fabric of the club and the city.

As Dries Mertens rolled the ball across the turf at the Stadio San Paolo in the 38th minute against Sampdoria, Marek Hamsik knew this was it: the chance to make history.

It was an opportunity that had looked inevitable, to break a record that loomed over and consumed him for months and weeks, to overtake Diego Maradona as the club’s record goal-scorer.

Of course he didn’t miss, delicately lifting the ball over the on-rushing Emiliano Viviano into the roof of the net to give Napoli the lead, and indeed the victory.

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