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Wednesday October 18 2017
Juventus test 4-3-3

Juventus reportedly tested a 4-3-3 in training this morning, but could still stick with 4-2-3-1 against Sporting CP.

The Bianconeri face the Portuguese side in the Champions League tonight, the first of a double-header against Jorge Jesus’ side.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Coach Massimiliano Allegri tested a 4-3-3 shape in the final training session this morning.

That saw Miralem Pjanic playing deep, with Blaise Matuidi to his left and Sami Khedira to his right in the centre of the park.

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Wednesday October 18 2017
Dzeko: Nothing compares to Rome, CL…

Roma striker Edin Dzeko says “nothing compares” to the Italian capital but admits his club “aren’t here to win the Champions League.”

Dzeko endured a tough first season at Roma but ended last term as Serie A’s top scorer with 29 goals, ahead of the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Dries Mertens and Mauro Icardi.

“Nothing compares to Rome, nothing,” he told the Guardian.

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Wednesday October 18 2017
Napoli regrets in Manchester

Napoli leave Manchester pondering what might’ve been in a much-anticipated showdown, writes Jack Stevens.

The stage was set, as two of Europe’s most exhilarating, forward thinking sides went head-to-head to establish themselves as the darlings of modern football. Both Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri embarked on friendly war of words pre-game, striving to out-compliment each other, and expressing their appreciation of each other’s wonderfully swashbuckling approach to football.

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Wednesday October 18 2017
Llorente reveals Italy ‘affinity’

Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente reveals “I still feel an affinity with Italian football and Juventus.”

Llorente joined Juve on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao in 2013 and scored 27 goals for the Bianconeri in two seasons, helping them win successive Scudetti and reach the Champions League Final.

“I still feel an affinity with Italian football and Juventus,” he told Premium Sport after Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

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Tuesday October 17 2017
De Bruyne: 'Napoli totally different'

Kevin De Bruyne already knew Napoli well thanks to fellow Belgian Dries Mertens and Manchester City were “completely different” to facing Stoke City.

The Premier League leaders thrashed Stoke 7-2 at the weekend, but fought hard to get the better of Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday October 17 2017
Man City 2-1 Napoli: Player Ratings

Napoli ultimately were made to pay for a slow start against Manchester City, but how did they do in Football Italia’s player ratings?

Words: Greg Murray

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Tuesday October 17 2017
Guardiola: 'Napoli among best in Europe'

Pep Guardiola called Napoli “one of the best teams in Europe and probably the best I’ve faced in my career” after Manchester City’s 2-1 win.

Although the opening half-hour was dominant from the Premier League leaders, Dries Mertens had a penalty saved and Amadou Diawara set up a tense finale.

“Napoli are an exceptional side so I was expecting them to play the way they did,” said Guardiola in his Press conference.

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Tuesday October 17 2017
Sarri: 'Napoli afloat after drowning'

Maurizio Sarri would’ve rested more Napoli players against Manchester City, but the 2-1 loss shows “we can become competitive in future.”

Jorginho – who has shattered Serie A records for number of passes per game – and Allan were rested in favour of Piotr Zielinski and Amadou Diawara ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Inter.

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Tuesday October 17 2017
Koulibaly: 'City tempo scared Napoli'

Kalidou Koulibaly notes Napoli felt “freer” after going 2-0 down, having initially been frightened by Manchester City’s tempo.

The hosts dominated the opening half-hour and went 2-0 up within 13 minutes, but the Partenopei slowly got into their groove and threatened a late equaliser in the 2-1 defeat.

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Tuesday October 17 2017
Insigne: 'We'll see about Inter'

Lorenzo Insigne was reassuring about his injury, but “we’ll see tomorrow” if he’s able to start for Napoli against Inter.

The forward limped off clutching his thigh during the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Manchester City this evening.

Coach Maurizio Sarri explained it was pain that grew in the adductor over time rather than a sudden tear, so hopes he has caught it in time to prevent serious damage.

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