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Saturday October 21 2017
Albiol: 'Inter will fight for Scudetto'

Napoli defender Raul Albiol believes Inter will challenge or the Scudetto this season after a 0-0 draw at the San Paolo.

“It was a very tactical game and a tough one. We suffered, but picked up a point and knew that even today a win or defeat would not have changed anything. We just have to take it one match at a time,” the defender told Mediaset Premium.

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Saturday October 21 2017
Hysaj: 'Napoli must start strong'

Elseid Hysaj urged Napoli to “go out there determined from the very start” against Inter this evening after a sluggish opening with Manchester City.

It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), follow the build-up and action while giving your views on the LIVEBLOG.

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Saturday October 21 2017
Man City go big on Ghoulam

Pep Guardiola was so impressed by Faouzi Ghoulam that he wants the Napoli left-back at Manchester City in January.

The Algeria international earned a penalty, converted by Amadou Diawara, in Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League result at the Etihad.

While Inter and Juventus had already been strongly linked with Ghoulam, now even Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo claim Guardiola has been bowled over by his performances.

Manchester City would like to sign him mid-season, especially with Benjamin Mendy’s serious knee injury.

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Saturday October 21 2017
Juventus in race for Gimenez

Juventus are ready to battle Manchester United and Manchester City for the serves of Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez.

According to Tuttosport, the 22-year-old Uruguay international has caught the eye of Bianoneri scouts.

His position in the Atleti pecking order has dropped of late.

He would be reunited with fellow Uruguay international Rodrigo Bentancur in Turin.

While Spanish papers are confident Atleti won’t sell Gimemez in January, the interest is certainly not calming down.

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Saturday October 21 2017
Napoli-Inter test of ambitions

The top two go head-to-head in a massive test of Napoli and Inter Scudetto ambitions, but Richard Hall asks who will be first to fold under the pressure?

Inter travel to the cauldron that is the San Paolo to face Napoli in one of the biggest games in the season so far. If the Nerazzurri are serious about making a title challenge, then they need to win in Naples. If the Partenopei want to get a jump on Juventus, then they must sweep the Milanese to one side.

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Thursday October 19 2017
Roma and Man City want Vitinho

Roma and Manchester City are reportedly facing off on the transfer market for 17-year-old Corinthians talent Vitinho.

According to Calciomercato.it, the trequartista has caught the eye of both Monchi and the Premier League outfit.

His full name is Victor Gabriel Moura de Oliveira and he turns 18 in January.

Vitinho has impressed playing for Brazil at the Under-17 World Cup in India and has a release clause worth €25m.

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Thursday October 19 2017
No tear for Napoli's Insigne

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne had further tests today, which confirmed muscular fatigue but no tear.

The Italian international is still in doubt against Inter on Saturday, but he won’t be out for an extended period.

“Lorenzo Insigne, who was substituted as a precaution in the second half of the match against Manchester City in the Champions League was subjected to further medical examinations today,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.

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Thursday October 19 2017
Diawara: ‘I asked to take the penalty’

Napoli’s Amadou Diawara reveals he asked to take the penalty against Manchester City - “I felt it”.

The 20-year-old had never scored a professional goal before, so it was a surprise when he stepped up to take a spot kick in Tuesday night’s Champions League match.

“Yeah, I asked to take it,” Diawara said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“After they whistled for the penalty I felt it, I took the ball from [Marek] Hamsik and I asked [Dries] Mertens to let me take it, he said yes.

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Wednesday October 18 2017
Napoli regrets in Manchester

Napoli leave Manchester pondering what might’ve been in a much-anticipated showdown, writes Jack Stevens.

The stage was set, as two of Europe’s most exhilarating, forward thinking sides went head-to-head to establish themselves as the darlings of modern football. Both Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri embarked on friendly war of words pre-game, striving to out-compliment each other, and expressing their appreciation of each other’s wonderfully swashbuckling approach to football.

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Tuesday October 17 2017
De Bruyne: 'Napoli totally different'

Kevin De Bruyne already knew Napoli well thanks to fellow Belgian Dries Mertens and Manchester City were “completely different” to facing Stoke City.

The Premier League leaders thrashed Stoke 7-2 at the weekend, but fought hard to get the better of Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday night.

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