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Sunday April 21 2019
Roma live to fight another day

The Giallorossi keep their Champions League hopes alive with a vital point against Inter, but Vilizar Yakimov wonders if they'll achieve this sporting miracle.

How are Roma still in the Champions League race? That’s a very good question with a very complex answer. It's fitting that going into the Easter weekend, Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov said it was a "miracle" they were still in contention at all.

The Giallorossi’s inconsistency has been the only consistent thing about them all season and yet, if they somehow managed to weather the storm in the second half against Inter, Claudio Ranieri’s men would’ve topped Milan and climbed up to fourth place.

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Sunday April 21 2019
Allegri: 'Juve target another Scudetto'

Massimiliano Allegri won’t relish his records until after he’s retired, but reiterates “next season the main Juventus objective is again the Scudetto.”

The 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Saturday sealed Juve’s historic eighth consecutive Scudetto, but it also made Allegri the first Coach ever to oversee five straight Serie A titles.

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Saturday April 20 2019
Ranieri: 'Roma doing what we can'

Claudio Ranieri expected Inter to put Roma under more pressure in the second half of their 1-1 draw and discussed why Italian teams struggle in Europe.

Stephan El Shaarawy broke the deadlock at San Siro with a splendid curler into the far top corner, but Ivan Perisic’s diving header at the back post got it back on level terms.

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Saturday April 20 2019
Allegri: 'Juve won it at Bologna'

Max Allegri claims Juventus “won the Scudetto at Bologna” and urged his Bianconeri to embrace a “calm state of mind” in Europe.

The comeback to beat Fiorentina 2-1 means Juve match Inter’s record of securing the Scudetto with five rounds to spare.

“I am very happy, because we hit an important target and won half the trophies we competed for this season,” the Coach told DAZN.

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Saturday April 20 2019
Sacchi: 'My Milan would've won anyway'

Arrigo Sacchi has refuted Adriano Galliani’s claims that Milan would not have won Champions Leagues with Financial Fair Play rules in place.

Former Milan CEO Galliani said last week that FFP would have made it impossible for Milan to spend the way they did during Silvio Berlusconi’s reign in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Friday April 19 2019
Allegri: Ronaldo is Juve's 'future'

Max Allegri insists Cristiano Ronaldo is Juventus’ ‘future’ and his side have had a ‘great’ season, while hitting out at Medhi Benatia, who ‘didn’t want to play’.

Juve can clinch the Scudetto against Fiorentina on Saturday, but the game’s build-up has been overshadowed by the Bianconeri’s Champions League exit to Ajax.

“Luckily tomorrow we have the opportunity to secure the Scudetto,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

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Friday April 19 2019
Old Lady needs rejuvenating

Juventus have put all their focus on to Cristiano Ronaldo, neglecting the weak defence and midfield, argues Emmet Gates.

We’re fast approaching a quarter-century since Juventus last won the Champions League. The latest failure coming from a young, bold and at times a simply irrepressible Ajax side that thoroughly dominated The Old Lady over two legs. To put the wait into some sort of perspective, when Gianluca Vialli hoisted ‘Ol Big Ears high into the Roman sky in May 1996, five of the Ajax starting XI from the second leg weren’t even born.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Calcio down and out

Napoli and Juventus stumbled out of Europe at the quarter-final stage, as Giancarlo Rinaldi looks back over yet another year of disappointment.

What’s another year? It’s a question once sung by that master of European competition Johnny Logan, but it could soon become the theme tune for the continental forays of Serie A sides.

One more season went into the history books on Thursday night with the dream of even a place in the semi-finals denied. It feels like Italian teams have been barred from a club where they used to enjoy some of their best nights out. There’s always another TV box-set to binge-watch, I suppose.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Ancelotti: 'All over within 30 minutes'

Carlo Ancelotti maintains Napoli’s Europa League quarter-final with Arsenal “only lasted 30 minutes” and they can’t be expected to compete with their current revenue.

It was already a mountain to climb after the 2-0 first leg defeat, but Alexandre Lacazette’s free kick in the first half meant the Partenopei needed four goals and they visibly lost confidence.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Mertens: 'Arsenal no stronger than Napoli'

Dries Mertens insists Arsenal “aren’t that good and there isn’t a real gap between us,” but the first half performance in London was fatal for Napoli.

The Partenopei lost 2-0 at the Emirates and were beaten at the San Paolo 1-0 by Alexandre Lacazette’s free kick.

“The first 10-15 minutes, we had a few chances to score and that would’ve changed everything,” the Belgian told Sky Sport Italia.

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