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Wednesday October 16 2019
Icardi: No Inter bitterness

Mauro Icardi insists “I can only wish the best for Inter in every competition” and expects Romelu Lukaku to “settle in and score so many goals.”

Icardi moved on loan to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, having been frozen out by new boss Antonio Conte, but the striker made it clear he felt no resentment towards his parent club.

“I didn’t expect so much support from the fans,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Maldini: 'That 2005 Final...'

Paolo Maldini looked back over his Milan career and that infamous 2005 defeat to Liverpool. “I played eight Champions League Finals, but people only remember that one.”

The defender spent his whole life with a Rossoneri jersey on, as his father Cesare was the captain who lifted their first European Cup in 1963, also taking four Serie A titles, with Paolo following in his footsteps.

Now his two sons have come through the Milan academy, while Paolo returned as a director.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Mancini: 'Sport to unite, not divide'

Italy Coach Roberto Mancini believes “sport is the only thing that can truly unite people and not divide them,” speaking of his experiences in Turkey.

It has been a tense few days in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, with England’s game against Bulgaria suspended twice due to racist abuse from the stands, while Turkish players could be penalised by UEFA for making military salutes after their matches.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
UEFA consider relocating Istanbul Final

UEFA Vice-President Michele Uva confirmed they will consider calls to relocate the Champions League Final from Istanbul, but “we cannot replace the UN.”

The petitions are growing after Turkey started its operation against Kurds across the Syrian border, particularly as players have been making military salutes after their Euro 2020 qualifiers over the last week.

Some players were criticised for publicly backing the government’s actions, while German club St Pauli even went so far as to terminate midfielder Cenk Sahin’s contract.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Buffon: 'I can still have a grand finale'

Gigi Buffon reveals he would’ve retired without PSG, described the “bond of brotherhood” with Juventus teammates, getting to know Cristiano Ronaldo and that Champions League ambition.

The 41-year-old was interviewed during the Festival dello Sport in Trento today, looking back over his career and you can read the rest of those comments here.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Duvan Zapata concerns grow

Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata is returning to Italy after fears he suffered a serious thigh strain while playing for Colombia.

The striker limped off just 23 minutes into last night’s 0-0 draw with Chile.

A statement from the Colombian Federation confirmed Duvan Zapata has been sent back to his club and will require more tests over the next 48 hours to identify the extent of the injury.

It immediately seemed to be a serious problem and there are concerns he has a right thigh or hamstring strain.

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Thursday October 10 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta try to surprise City'

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez assures they “will try to surprise” Manchester City and get their first Champions League point.

The Orobici are in the tournament for the first time in their history, but suffered a 4-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb and were unlucky to lose 2-1 to a counter-attack in the final seconds of their home match with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Their next test is the biggest of them all, visiting Manchester City on October 22.

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Thursday October 10 2019
Koulibaly: Scudetto still Napoli priority

Kalidou Koulibaly insists winning the Scudetto remains Napoli’s priority this season and that “I don’t care” about exit speculation.

Napoli are already six points behind Juve after seven rounds of Serie A fixtures, among them a dramatic 4-3 defeat to Bianconeri, which saw Koulibaly score a last-gasp own goal.

“Our objective remains to beat the best teams in Italy and win the Scudetto,” he told reporters from Senegal’s training camp.

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Wednesday October 9 2019
Pjanic: 'Juve Champions League dream'

Miralem Pjanic insists Juventus are “where we belong, on top of the Serie A table. I hope to achieve the Champions League dream this season.”

The Bianconeri beat Inter 2-1 at San Siro to recapture the leadership of Serie A and remain the only side in the top five leagues to be unbeaten in all competition this season.

“We deserved to beat Inter 2-1 and finally got back into first place. I think our team is certainly the best in Italy and since Sunday we’ve been on top, which is where we belong,” the midfielder told Radio Sarajevo.

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Wednesday October 9 2019
Genk: 'Napoli asked for Berge'

KRC Genk President Peter Croonen confirms “Napoli asked for information on Sander Berge. I think €20-25m is a fair valuation.”

The 21-year-old played in the 0-0 Champions League draw with Napoli on October 2 and is under contract with the Belgian side until June 2021.

“Napoli have very good directors who really appreciate our players and asked for information on our Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge,” Croonen told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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