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Sunday September 6 2015
Pt2: Assessing Italy's youth

Italy must reshape its roster to regain international success. In part two of his analysis, Vincent van Genechten evaluates the new breed of strikers.

STRIKERS

Lorenzo Insigne (24, Napoli)

Insigne made his way through the youth ranks at Napoli and had very successful loans at Foggia and Pescara. The winger scored 37 goals in only two seasons and returned to the Partenopei in 2012. In three Serie A campaigns Insigne sits at 10 goals and an impressive 21 assists. He hasn’t made the expected big bang as he’s only played six times for the Azzurri, but he’s developed into a very good player for a strong Serie A side, being valued at €15m.

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Thursday September 3 2015
Insigne agent: ‘Napoli for life!’

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent insists his client wants to remain at Napoli ‘for life’.

It was revealed this week that the Italian international had turned down a move to Inter, and his representative says he’ll stay at San Paolo as long as he’s wanted.

“Lorenzo’s will is to stay at Napoli for life,” Antonio Ottaiano told Radio Marte.

“But of course it takes two to share a relationship like that. There are no problems, unless the club decides to terminate the relationship.

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Tuesday September 1 2015
Agent: ‘Insigne rejected Inter’

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent claims the player and Napoli rejected offers from Inter this summer.

The Nerazzurri were linked with a number of Partenopei players, including Manolo Gabbiadini, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon, and the Italian international’s representative adds his client to that list.

“Inter is a club that has always appreciated Lorenzo,” Fabio Andreotti revealed, speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

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Saturday August 29 2015
Sarri: 'Napoli mental block'

Maurizio Sarri said Napoli have to break through “a mental block” against Sampdoria after an opening defeat.

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“I don’t think the problems are physical, as you can’t run out of gas after 20 minutes,” said the Coach after their 2-1 loss to Sassuolo.

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Wednesday August 5 2015
‘ADL wants Insigne in Totti role’

The agent of Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne claims Partenopei President Aurelio De Laurentiis wants the player to emulate Francesco Totti.

Totti, 38, has been at boyhood club Roma for his entire career, earning the club captaincy and iconic status in the process.

In an interview with Sky Sport this evening, Antonio Ottaiano revealed that although taking Napoli’s famous number 10 shirt may be a bridge too far for his client, De Laurentiis wants him to stay at San Paolo for many years to come.

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Sunday August 2 2015
Insigne: 'Napoli 10 is mine'

Lorenzo Insigne thanked Coach Maurizio Sarri for allowing him to play as a trequartista for Napoli. “I feel the Number 10 jersey is mine.”

Nobody wears the legendary 10, which became iconic on the back of Diego Armando Maradona, and Insigne currently has 24.

“The Number 10 jersey is untouchable and was worn by the best player in the world, so it’s only right that it remains empty. However, I do feel it is mine in a way,” the local lad told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday July 29 2015
Insigne shines for Napoli

Lorenzo Insigne bagged a brace as Napoli crushed Cittadella 5-1, but Raul Albiol went off injured.

Coach Maurizio Sarri had warned reporters and fans before the game that “this will probably be our worst performance of the summer, as the squad is very tired.”

However, his players seemed in good form against Lega Pro side Cittadella, though Gonzalo Higuain is still unavailable, having just returned from his post-Copa America vacation.

Vlad Chiriches was present to watch the match from the sidelines at their Dimaro training camp.

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Friday July 24 2015
Napoli win on Allan debut

Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne impressed again, while Allan made his debut as Napoli beat Lega Pro side Feralpi Salò 5-2.

Coach Maurizio Sarri continued to experiment with different systems and the need for reinforcements in defence is clear.

Jose Callejon was used as a ‘False 9’ in attack, flanked by Insigne and Mertens.

Insigne has been on sparkling form so far this summer and his curler was parried into the path of Mertens to open the scoring.

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Wednesday July 22 2015
Sarri: 'No punishing Napoli'

New Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri answered fan questions, including on Gonzalo Higuain’s penalties, tactics and squad rotation.

The tactician sat down with Jorginho and Christian Maggio in tonight’s Q&A, confirming he has a very different approach to predecessor Rafa Benitez.

“It is always difficult to say how long it will take to get this team to work. After seven rounds last season my Empoli was bottom of the table.

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Tuesday July 21 2015
Insigne: 'I'm learning'

Lorenzo Insigne is “trying to learn as much as possible” in his brand new trequartista role for Napoli.

The forward scored a hat-trick in today’s first pre-season friendly, an 8-0 victory over Anaune.

“It’s the first time I have played in this position and the Coach is teaching me the movements,” said Insigne.

He acted behind the two strikers in Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-1-2 system.

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