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Friday October 2 2015
Icardi: 'I'm no Balotelli!'

Inter's Mauro Icardi denies associations with Milan's Mario Balotelli: 'I never hung out with him, I don't know him at all'.

The Argentine is one of the most discussed Nerazzurri at the moment, no less than Super Mario for the Rossoneri, but he sees no parallel between himself and his colleague.

“In this malarkey about 'Icardi the Bad Boy', which people turn into Icardi & Balotelli, I simply don't recognise myself,” he told GQ Italia.

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Friday October 2 2015
No Azzurri for Balotelli?

Milan's Mario Balotelli's injury makes him unlikely to join Antonio Conte's Azzurri for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The player was setting to rights his tarnished reputation with some solid performances for the Rossoneri, but is currently out of the squad due to muscle fatigue in the groin.

The Azzurri play away to Azerbaijan on October 10, and in Rome against Norway on October 13, but it seems Super Mario won't be among them.

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Thursday October 1 2015
Honda, Balotelli doubts for Milan

Keisuke Honda and Mario Balotelli are both doubts for Milan’s weekend match with Napoli.

The Rossoneri welcome the Vesuviani to San Siro on Sunday, but are sweating over the fitness of two key men.

Honda did not train with the team today “after coming down with the flu” while Balotelli has a slight muscular injury, and has been working in the gym.

“Mario Balotelli was in the gym on Thursday and worked apart from the rest of the squad,” a training report confirmed.

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Tuesday September 29 2015
Sizing up the Contenders - Part Two

In the second part of his look at this season’s Scudetto contenders, Mohamed Nassar gives his verdict on Milan, Napoli and Roma.

Milan

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Sunday September 27 2015
'Conte and Miha discussed Balotelli'

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani confirms Italy Coach Antonio Conte “spoke to Sinisa Mihajlovic” about Mario Balotelli.

The Azzurri boss is in the stands for today’s lunchtime kick-off against Genoa, click here to follow the Liveblog.

“People should let Conte do his work and await the call-ups,” Galliani told Premium Sport.

“Conte did speak to Mihajlovic, so we’ll see what happens…

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Sunday September 27 2015
Conte scouts Balotelli

Antonio Conte will be in the stands for Genoa-Milan today and is reportedly ready to recall Mario Balotelli for Italy.

The Azzurri boss has only called up Balotelli once since taking over the Nazionale in August 2014 and the then-Liverpool striker pulled out due to injury.

Since moving back to Milan on loan, SuperMario has rediscovered his mojo and scored a wonderful free kick in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Udinese.

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Sunday September 27 2015
Serie A Team of Week 5

After Inter won once again to stay at the top of the table Dave Taylor picks his top XI from Week 5.

Zeljko Brkic [Carpi]

Came on cold for the injured Francesco Benussi, but was soon in the heat of things denying two strong efforts from Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain. Continued to block everything, he literally won the point with his contributions. Dedicated.

Davide Astori [Fiorentina]

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Saturday September 26 2015
Miha: 'Balotelli has matured, but...'

Sinisa Mihajlovic sees an improved Milan against Genoa and tempered praise for Mario Balotelli.

It kicks off on Sunday at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“A win would be very important for us, because nine points in a week is good preparation for the Napoli game. If we play the way we did, improving defensively, then we can win,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday September 26 2015
Rivera: 'Balo amazing, but...'

Italian legend Gianni Rivera says Milan’s Mario Balotelli must learn humility, while lamenting the lack of technique in modern football.

The Ballon D’Or and Euro 1968 winner, as well as finalist in the 1970 World Cup, was interviewed by the Corriere dello Sport.

As part of an extensive meditation on his past achievements, he also made a comment on contemporary football.

“There’s too much physicality and not enough technique,” he said.

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Thursday September 24 2015
Serie A Week 5: Did You Know?

Inter have their best start in 49 years, Frosinone make history in Turin and Mario Balotelli back on target in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

Inter only once won the opening five rounds, in 1966-67 with legendary Helenio Herrera on the bench. The Nerazzurri have conceded only one goal, from Carpi, and won four games by 1-0 scorelines. Inter hadn’t started with such a strong defensive record since 1972.

Roberto Mancini’s men scored only six goals, fewer than any of the current leading teams in Europe’s top five Leagues.

Since Serie A moved to 20 teams, only once has a leader been three points clear of the pack by Week 5 and that was Juventus in 2005-06.

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