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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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Tuesday September 24 2019
Balotelli opens Brescia era

After 1,228 days, Mario Balotelli will play in Serie A again tonight when Brescia host Juventus, so Emmet Gates wonders what version of the striker we’ll see.

Mario Balotelli is back, again. Three years after his last spell in Serie A with Milan that ended in a solitary goal from 20 games, Italy’s prodigal son has returned. This homecoming is a little different, as he’s returned to where the Balotelli story began, to Brescia.

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Sunday September 22 2019
Balotelli: 'Never trained so hard'

Mario Balotelli can make his Brescia debut against Juventus on Tuesday. “I’ve worked harder in the last month and a half than in a decade.”

The striker joined his hometown club as a free agent over the summer, but still had to sit out a four-match ban left over from Olympique Marseille and Ligue 1.

“I think I worked harder in the last month and a half than I did in a decade of my career!” he told DAZN.

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Wednesday September 18 2019
Bjelica: 'Dinamo sending signals'

Nenad Bjelica reveals Dinamo Zagreb changed for Atalanta and after the 4-0 win will “go for three points in every game, including against Manchester City.”

The Croatians had lost 11 Champions League games in a row and were just one shy of the all-time record set by Anderlecht, but crushed Atalanta 4-0.

“It is a thoroughly deserved victory, as we scored four goals and did not concede any,” said the former Spezia Coach in his Press conference.

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Wednesday September 18 2019
Liveblog: Atletico-Juve, Dinamo-Atalanta

Join us for the build-up and action from the Champions League, as Juventus face Atletico Madrid again and Atalanta make their debut with Dinamo Zagreb.

They kick off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT). If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

The Bianconeri famously lost at the Wanda Metropolitano 2-0 in last season’s Round of 16, only to win the second leg 3-0 with a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

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Friday September 13 2019
Partenopei are too unbalanced

Napoli are attempting an attacking approach, but without the key pressing ingredients that make it work at Liverpool, argues Jay Cassano.

Carlo Ancelotti said Napoli would be more attack-minded this season, but even he didn’t expect or necessarily want to start with two 4-3 results.

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Thursday September 12 2019
Sacchi: Pep & Klopp like me

Former Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi believes Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are his spiritual heirs. “We have the duty to make the public enjoy football.”

Guardiola and Klopp have cited Sacchi as influences in the past, and the legendary Coach praised the Manchester City and Liverpool rivals for leading a ‘golden age’ in English football.

“Their football is similar to mine and I really appreciate their values, culture and mentality,” he told The Daily Mail.

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Wednesday September 11 2019
Atalanta fans flock to Champions debut

Atalanta have almost sold out the 3,000 tickets for their Champions League debut away to Dinamo Zagreb next Wednesday.

The Orobici had never been in the competition before and barely featured in the Europa League before a stunning third-place Serie A finish.

They are in a group with Manchester City, Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk.

The opener is on September 18 in Croatia and 2,700 tickets have already been snapped up, leaving only 300 remaining with a week to go.

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Monday September 9 2019
Juve squad cost €719m

Juventus spent €719m on transfer fees to assemble the squad, but Manchester City are the first club to surpass €1bn.

According to the CIES Football Observatory, the Bianconeri are the fifth biggest spenders in the top five European leagues.

Over the course of purchasing all their players, they paid out €719m in transfer fees.

This puts them above Barcelona, who spent €697m, but behind Manchester United on €751m, Real Madrid €902m and Paris Saint-Germain’s €913m.

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Monday September 9 2019
Man City told to forget Skriniar

Inter are already telling Manchester City to forget about signing Milan Skriniar in the January transfer window.

The reports emerged in English papers over the weekend that City had chosen the Slovakia international to strengthen their injury-ravaged defence.

However, even the €60m price-tag won’t be enough to prise him away from San Siro mid-season.

According to Tuttosport, Coach Antonio Conte has decreed Skriniar is off the market, especially in a January transfer window.

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