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Tuesday January 23 2018
Pirlo: ‘Calcio needs to regenerate’

Italy legend Andrea Pirlo believes calcio must “regenerate” before the Azzurri can return to the top of the world.

The national team failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, and one of the key men from the triumphant 2006 team says fundamental reform is needed.

“Italian football needs to regenerate, to change,” Pirlo insisted, speaking to Sky.

“It’ll take time, but right now we need to start from scratch after the failure to qualify for the World Cup.

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Tuesday January 23 2018
Report: Juve drop Howedes

Benedikt Howedes will reportedly be the player that makes way for Stephan Lichtsteiner in Juventus’ Champions League squad.

According to Premium Sport, this is because of the “several physical problems” that Howedes has been subjected to since arriving from Schalke last summer, limiting him to just one appearance.

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Tuesday January 23 2018
Lichtsteiner expects CL return

Stephan Lichtsteiner says he is expecting to be named in Juventus’ Champions League squad for the knockout stages.

Lichtsteiner was left out of Juve’s squad for the group stage, despite the Bianconeri losing Dani Alves and having only Mattia De Sciglio as a recognised right-back.

However, the Swiss has clawed himself back into contention and helped the Old Lady beat Genoa 1-0 on Monday.

“Back in the Champions League squad? Yes, I think so,” he told TMW Radio.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Does Dzeko to Chelsea suit everyone?

Selling their top scorer mid-season might seem like madness, but Tom Scholes believes Roma and Chelsea can benefit from Edin Dzeko's move.

Edin Dzeko was linked to Chelsea by multiple sources before the weekend and it looks as if Chelsea and Roma are close to agreeing a deal worth €50-60m for the Bosnian and teammate Emerson Palmieri. That may seem like a lot of money for a player in his early thirties, but if Chelsea want a proven goal-scorer both in European competition and the Premier League, Dzeko might be the perfect fit.

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Friday January 19 2018
‘No CL clause in Rafinha deal’

It is reported Rafinha’s loan to Inter does not include a compulsory purchase option if they qualify for the Champions League.

Mundo Deportivo claimed Inter would be obliged to pay Barcelona €35m plus €3m in bonuses if they finished in Serie A’s top four, but Sky Sport Italia see no reason to believe this.

Therefore, it appears the Nerazzurri’s option to buy of €38m in total, as previously reported, still stands.

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Wednesday January 17 2018
Montella's Sevilla stun Atleti

Vincenzo Montella won back some admiration from Sevilla fans after a shock 2-1 Copa del Rey victory away to Atletico Madrid.

The former Milan Coach had been under fire for his side’s results and performances, losing both La Liga outings back-to-back.

He had also been trailing at the Wanda Metropolitano this evening with Diego Costa on target, but completed the comeback in the final 11 minutes through an own goal and Joaquin Correa.

It’s just the first leg of the quarter-final, but already a very impressive result for Montella.

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Wednesday January 17 2018
Rafinha depends on top four finish

Multiple sources suggest Inter will sign Barcelona midfielder Rafinha on loan with €35m option to buy that will be mandatory with a top four finish.

The negotiations have been dragging on for days and it seems the two clubs have given themselves 72 hours to finalise the details or look elsewhere.

According to both Mundo Deportivo and Mediaset Premium, they are very close to an agreement for Rafinha to move on loan with €35m option to buy.

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Tuesday January 16 2018
Dybala and Marchisio out 30-40 days

Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio are ruled out for 30-40 days, while Gigi Buffon and Juan Cuadrado are still injured, confirm Juventus.

The Bianconeri have resumed training after the Winter break and released a statement following medical tests.

Dybala and Marchisio both have muscular problems and confirmed the initial diagnosis of 30-40 days on the sidelines.

Buffon and Cuadrado are said to be improving, but continue to train separately from the rest of the squad this week.

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Friday January 12 2018
Icardi to Real Madrid for Champions?

Mauro Icardi could leave Inter for Real Madrid at the end of the season if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, it’s reported.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Argentina international is losing patience with his club, as every summer there is a revamp.

Although Icardi has scored a remarkable 99 goals in 176 Serie A games, he has never featured in the Champions League.

As he turns 25 next month, Maurito is not willing to put that debut off for much longer.

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Thursday January 11 2018
Dybala fit to face Tottenham?

There are reports Paulo Dybala will be ready to play for Juventus in next month’s Champions League showdown with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Argentina international pulled up with a thigh injury during the victory over Cagliari and was diagnosed with a lesion to the right thigh flexor.

He has foregone a vacation during the two-week Serie A break, instead remaining in Turin to undergo treatment with a special machine, shown to his fans on Instagram.

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