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Friday May 7 2021
Italiano: 'Napoli among the strongest in Italy'

Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano expects a ‘difficult’ task against Napoli on Saturday. ‘They have players at an international level’.

The Aquilotti are without a win in four games and dangerously close to relegation after 34 games, as they sit only three points above Benevento at 18th.

Italiano prepares for a clash with the Partenopei at the Stadio Alberto Picco tomorrow and claimed Napoli are ‘one of the strongest teams’ in Serie A.

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Saturday May 1 2021
Italiano admits to Spezia 'fear'

Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano admits he had the ‘fear’ they’d fumble a point in their 1-1 draw at Verona. ‘We went in with a bit of tension today.’

Eddie Salcedo had put Verona in front with a header, although the hosts had many other chances, including two goals disallowed and a free kick thumping the crossbar.

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Friday April 30 2021
Italiano: 'Spezia create enough chances'

Vincenzo Italiano doesn’t believe Spezia have attacking problems, despite scoring only twice in three games.

After leaving the pitch goalless in a 2-0 defeat to Genoa last time, Italiano stressed the Aquilotti continues to create enough chances.

The coach quashed the reports of an alleged attacking decline ahead of Saturday’s match against Hellas Verona.

“I don’t think so. Even in the last match we created the chances to be transformed into goals,” Italiano said at a press conference.

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Wednesday April 28 2021
Report: Spalletti wants €4m a season at Napoli

Luciano Spalletti has reportedly asked for €4m a season to accept the job at Napoli, and the club will decide at the end of the season.

The icy front between current coach Gennaro Gattuso and President Aurelio De Laurentiis is beginning to thaw, and the former Milan coach doesn’t seem so certain to leave after all.

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Saturday April 24 2021
Italiano blames Spezia inexperience

Vincenzo Italiano saw a lack of consistency and experience in Spezia during their 2-0 defeat to Genoa. ‘Staying in Serie A for another season would resolve many issues.’

The team held Inter to a 1-1 draw in midweek, yet fell 2-0 at Marassi in this relegation dogfight.

“One of our problems at the moment is that we are inconsistent, we can’t maintain the same concentration we saw against Inter just a few days ago,” Italiano told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday April 24 2021
Spalletti or Italiano for Napoli job

There are many different reports around the fate of Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso and a list of potential replacements including Luciano Spalletti and Vincenzo Italiano.

While most sources maintain Gattuso and President Aurelio De Laurentiis have already decided to part company at the end of the season, Tuttosport stand out in suggesting the patron is reconsidering his stance.

Even if he did take a step back towards Gattuso, the coach is a proud man who will feel his position has been undermined regardless of the outcome.

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Friday April 23 2021
Italiano: 'Spezia must show a certain mentality'

Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano said the draw with Serie A leaders Inter boosted the Aquilotti ahead of an important month in the relegation battle.

After a prestigious draw against League leaders Inter, the Aquilotti prepare for the match in the relegation battle against Genoa.

The coach was happy to see his men respond with a 1-1 result against the Nerazzurri and ‘redeem’ the 4-1 defeat to Bologna.

“The main problem for us was to redeem the non-positive test in Bologna,” Italiano said at a press conference.

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Wednesday April 21 2021
Italiano: 'Not Super League, Super Safety!'

Vincenzo Italiano feels Spezia fully deserved their point with Inter and jokes others want the Super League, ‘we’re challenging for Super Safety.’

Diego Farias saw his strike squirm through Samir Handanovic’s hands to give Spezia a surprise lead, but Ivan Perisic equalised and the Nerazzurri saw two late goals ruled offside.

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Sunday April 18 2021
Italiano blames Spezia’s attitude

Vincenzo Italiano blames Spezia’s attitude after their 4-1 defeat against Bologna.

“The team must not face these games with this attitude with seven games remaining,” Italiano told Sky Sport Italia.

“It was a negative match with and too many individual mistakes. It can happen, we don’t make a drama and I don’t want to get angry. We play again on Wednesday and we must make as few mistakes as possible.

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Saturday April 10 2021
Italiano: 'Spezia never gave up'

Vincenzo Italiano admits it wasn’t Spezia’s best game, but they ‘never gave up’ and managed to beat Crotone 3-2.

This was arguably Spezia’s worst performance of the season, yet they managed to turn it around in stoppages to go from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

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