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Tuesday July 14 2020
Inter have made Alexis Sanchez hungry again

Alexis Sanchez is proving why Inter are so eager to purchase him outright from Manchester United, writes Kaustubh Pandey.

The last few years haven’t been the best of Alexis Sanchez’s career. It has given many the impression that he’s past his prime and is far from being the player that he used to be at Arsenal or Barcelona. The move to Manchester United has gone on to become one of the most underwhelming signings in the club’s history. There seemed to be a lack of motivation, and with the money involved, it seemed like a move dictated by greed.

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Monday July 13 2020
Pioli edges Gattuso in coaching battle

The signs are good for Milan but Gennaro Gattuso needs Napoli to find their lethal touch, Vijay Rahaman writes, after a gripping 2-2 draw…

Napoli and Milan played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Stadio San Paolo in a match where the tactical aspects of both teams were on display.

The Partenopei, playing at home and high on confidence after a recent upturn in results, were not about to just let an in-form Rossoneri come into their home and dictate the play, no matter how much their manager Rino Gattuso had connections with the Lombard team. They pressed, harried and created chances that had Gigio Donnarumma being forced into save after save.

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Sunday July 12 2020
Worst Juve to win the Scudetto

After Juventus needed two penalties just to draw last night, Livio Caferoglu explains how Atalanta mercilessly exposed the cracks in Maurizio Sarri’s side...

Thank goodness we have Atalanta. After another season where Juventus have been allowed to sleepwalk to the Scudetto, the Dea put their traditional rivals to shame last night, holding them to a 2-2 draw in Turin. Two penalties stopped Atalanta from taking all three points and, staying true to form for the Calcio community, the debate quickly escalated into whether they should’ve been given at all, but there were far more pressing matters for the Bianconeri to consider.

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Saturday July 11 2020
Experience isn't everything for Inter

Antonio Conte and Inter are so focused on experienced names, they risk losing sight of the youthful potential at their disposal, warns Richard Hall.

The message from Antonio Conte after dropping points against Bologna and Verona was always the same – Inter need more experienced players in their ranks. His obsession with bringing in ready-made champions means the Nerazzurri could once again waste the talent at their disposal and overlook youthful potential to chase after a veteran name.

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Friday July 10 2020
Milan regretting Gattuso mistake

Seeing the progress that Gennaro Gattuso has made with Napoli, Lee Bushe feels Milan will regret letting Rino go so easily.

On Sunday evening, Gennaro Gattuso will face Milan as an opponent for the first time in his coaching career. It’s not just any game, as his Napoli are direct competitors for fifth place and a reminder of how little his old club has genuinely progressed since he left.

Going into the final game of last season, Milan stood their best chance of the qualifying for the Champions League since the Max Allegri era ended four-and-half-years earlier. All they needed was to beat SPAL and hope that one of Inter or Atalanta dropped points.

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Thursday July 9 2020
Are Atalanta the best team in Europe?

There are many ways to define what makes the 'best' team, but Kaustubh Pandey argues Atalanta fit quite a few of them right now in both Italy and Europe.

The Atalanta juggernaut continues to plough on with some style. Last night’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria was hardly surprising, but it said a lot about La Dea’s ability to perform under pressure. As they plodded on towards the last 15 minutes against Claudio Ranieri’s men, the goal came from a source that might seem unlikely for others, but isn’t as unlikely for Atalanta – defender Rafael Toloi.

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Wednesday July 8 2020
Unbelievable Milan

It seemed hard to believe Milan would be the pivot of the Scudetto race, but after beating Lazio and Juventus, Vijay Rahaman welcomes the sleeping giant back to centre-stage.

Milan have gone from irrelevance to centre-stage in the Scudetto fight, as in the space of three days they beat both the top two and kept the title race alive. Perhaps even more importantly, they showed just what Stefano Pioli’s team are capable of, even in troubled times.

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Tuesday July 7 2020
The reformation of Fiorentina

La Viola have put the threat of relegation behind them for now, but Owen Diana worries about how they’ll rebuild for Rocco Commisso’s ambitious vision.

As the dust settled after a convulsive weekend at the bottom of Serie A, Fiorentina could breathe a huge sigh of relief. Barring a collapse of historic proportions, La Viola’s spot at the top table of Italian football is all but assured after a 2-1 win at Parma. Nevertheless, their laboured performance in a match that represented a huge step towards salvation further exposed the uncertain future of one of the country’s most important clubs.

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Monday July 6 2020
Some Serie A identities are innate

Just as a leopard can't change its spots, some Serie A clubs simply cannot shake their natural identities, for good or bad, writes Susy Campanale.

It’s remarkable that some clubs have an identity firmly entrenched in their very being, which cannot seem to change, no matter how many coaches, players and owners pass through. Inter are the Pazza (crazy) side that will lurch from a magnificent victory to a ludicrous self-inflicted defeat. Roma will always find a way of creating drama and chaos. Lazio forever think like the country cousins in the shadow of their city-dwelling rivals. Juventus grind out results, because winning is the only thing that matters. Atalanta run like the wind, or the Goddess in their club symbol.

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Saturday July 4 2020
A step too far for Lazio

Even comeback kings Lazio couldn’t turn this one around, as Giancarlo Rinaldi saw their lack of strength in depth finally catch up with them against Milan.

There are only so many times you can go to the well. No team more than Lazio has shown the spirit and character needed to turn around a game this season, but in the end, that effort takes its toll. The emotional strain - and the absence of their star striker - was probably enough to kill off an already ailing title dream.

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