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Wednesday May 5 2021
Sarri key to Kanté’s evolution

Maurizio Sarri was criticised for his use of N’Golo Kante at Chelsea, but Kaustubh Pandey believes the Italian tactician deserves credit for the evolution of the Blues midfielder.

N’Golo Kante’s performance in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final in Madrid last week was very much a reflection of his evolution as a player over the years.

While it wasn’t the first time he put in a complete performance in the middle of the park, the Frenchman’s late, line-breaking runs past the Madrid midfield left Los Blancos reeling constantly. As much as that has become a regular feature of Kante’s skillset, it is tough to forget that perhaps, Maurizio Sarri really got that side of him going.

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Tuesday May 4 2021
Three things Mourinho must fix at Roma

The Special One is back in Serie A, and Owen Diana highlights a trio of problems that the Portuguese must solve to get Roma back on track.

In a shocking turn of events, Jose Mourinho has been hired as Roma’s new boss. The 58-year old will hope to turn La Lupa into title contenders, but he can be under no illusions as to the size of the task he faces.

A man accustomed to managing super clubs will take over a side set for a 7th-placed finish in Serie A, and with that in mind, here are the three most prominent tasks in Mourinho’s tray.

Defensive deficiencies

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Sunday May 2 2021
Special Inter title

Inter have won the 19th Scudetto in their history, and Richard Hall explains why this title means more than the others.

Today, I will write in the first person, but just for a moment. This is because it means a lot to me to be able to say, Grazie Inter. Back in 1988, it was perhaps odd for a young English boy to support Inter simply because his father brought him a shirt back from Milan.

Watching Inter on BskyB back then was mesmerising, the journey has brought so many gifts but also so much suffering, however, as Inter claim their 19th title, I can genuinely say I have not seen them in a better place. What the entire Nerazzurri team have done is a credit to the whole project.

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Saturday May 1 2021
Will Conte's Inter grow or wither?

Inter are preparing the Scudetto celebrations, but the next few days could also shape whether this project grows or withers on the vine, writes Richard Hall.

It is a monumental week in Inter’s history. By the end of it, they could be Scudetto holders, have the ownership issue sorted out and have confirmed Antonio Conte as coach for the foreseeable future. On the other hand, a failure to secure investment could pour cold water over any title celebrations and jeopardise the tactician’s future. Conte is certainly looking for reassurances and it would be wise for the ownership to give him them. Inter have been transformed in his image and it would be imprudent to throw all this away.

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Thursday April 29 2021
The Zlatan Gamble

With Milan announcing the extension of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract, Fabio De Dominicis analyses whether or not extending the striker’s stay at the San Siro is a costly risk worth taking.

The difference at Milan pre- and post-January 2020 is about as stark as the difference in red and blue on both Milan clubs’ shirt. Following his return to the Diavoli just over 14 months ago, the 39-year-old has scored 28 goals in 45 matches.

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Thursday April 29 2021
Belotti, Vlahovic and Milan's endless striker search

Zlatan Ibrahimović has signed a new contract with Milan, but the search for a long-term solution up front continues into the summer, writes Matthew Santangelo.

Milan’s run of bad luck in finding a legitimate candidate to lead the front line needs no further mention. The names? We all know of them. Their struggles? Well documented and nightmare inducing.

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Wednesday April 28 2021
End of the road for Fonseca

The Portuguese was on his way out even before Thursday's thrashing in Manchester, and Owen Diana suggests the heavy Old Trafford defeat mirrors his two-year spell in the Capital.

As Roma's European dreams died at the Theatre of Dreams, their coach's hopes of staying on next season did too. Work was already underway behind the scenes to sack Paulo Fonseca before the Giallorossi travelled to the north of England, but as the visitors headed into the dressing room at halftime with a 2-1 lead, it appeared that the 48-year old could still save his skin.

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Friday April 23 2021
Super League’s communication mess

The proposed Super League project collapsed within 48 hours of being announced and highlighted several communication issues within the clubs, writes Lorenzo Bettoni.

The breakaway competition was revealed on Sunday by 12 of Europe’s richest clubs, including Juventus, Inter and Milan.

The first official statement and the Super League website were launched at midnight, an unusual time for important announcements in Europe. There wasn’t any Super League account on social media.

The Super League was supposed to be an NBA-like championship, without promotion and relegation where 15 founding clubs would have had a place booked forever.

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Thursday April 22 2021
Super League: the clubs left off the guest list

The Super League seems to have collapsed, but Giancarlo Rinaldi argues, it taught us an important lesson about how the top European clubs are perceived.

It is the kind of conversation that usually gets heated over a few beers. Who are the biggest teams and how do you judge it? You can guarantee that no two people leaning against the bar in the wee small hours ever agree entirely about the stature of one side relative to another. The European Super League, though, was trying to end that debate once and for all by giving us no room for discussion - like the most brutal bouncer. If your name is not on the list, you are not getting in.

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Wednesday April 21 2021
Reality check for Juve

Juventus returned to reality in their 3-1 win against Parma with their President Andrea Agnelli in the stands after days of talks and controversy about the Super League, writes Lorenzo Bettoni from Turin.

Agnelli was one of the leading architects of the Super League project, launched on Sunday night by 12 European clubs and collapsed in the space of 72 hours.

The Old Lady’s President followed his lads’ warm up from the sidelines, where he met Parma’s new owner Kyle Krause before gathering with Juventus’ directors Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici.

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