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Sunday November 17 2019
How Jorginho won Chelsea over

Jorginho’s football was too much of a change for Chelsea fans, but Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall saw Calcio’s Puccini win over the Wagnerian Premier League.

Not everybody who likes Puccini also appreciates Wagner. Either way, the music still takes form. In Naples, the masses would tell you tales of the beautiful, rhythmic and delicate touches that Jorginho used to distribute. Since he has gone, ask any Neapolitan and they will poetically remember a master craftsman, a conductor to an orchestra they once adored.

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Saturday November 16 2019
Meret: 'Handanovic best 'keeper'

Napoli’s Alex Meret discussed his strengths and weaknesses, while naming Inter’s Samir Handanovic as “the most complete goalkeeper" in the world.

The Partenopei shot-stopper is in the senior Italy squad for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Armenia on Monday and could make his debut.

“My main strengths are quick reactions and movement between the posts, but I do need to improve when it comes to playing the ball with my feet,” the 22-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday November 15 2019
Duncan: 'Fiorentina matched my ambition'

Bobby Duncan chose to leave Liverpool for Fiorentina because they "matched my ambitions. It wasn't over money. I wanted to make a name for myself."

Duncan joined the Viola last summer for £1.8m after a controversial exit from Liverpool, when his agent Saif Rubie accused the Reds of bullying the player and blocking any potential moves from the club.

"It was a difficult decision to be honest. I was in a difficult moment at that time," Duncan told ViolaNation.com.

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Thursday November 14 2019
Emre Can exit on the cards?

Emre Can could leave Juventus this January, currently struggling to claim a place in the first team under Maurizio Sarri.

After an injury nightmare at the start of his career in Turin, he never quite managed to show his worth to the Bianconeri, and now he is reportedly deemed surplus to requirements in a strong Juventus side that added Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey to their midfield this summer.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
Napoli rivals Genk sack coach

Napoli’s Champions League opponents KRC Genk have fired coach Felice Mazzu, just months after the club won the Belgian title.

They sold many top stars over the summer and have been struggling both in Europe and domestically.

The club announced this morning that coach Mazzu, assistants Tom Van Imschoot, Denis Dessaer and Sandro Salamone had all been axed after taking over in the summer.

Awaiting a new permanent replacement, Domenico Olivieri and Kevin Van Dessel will lead the training sessions.

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Sunday November 10 2019
Ancelotti safe at Napoli for now

Despite the latest setback with Genoa and morale at an all-time low, Napoli and Carlo Ancelotti are reportedly sticking together at least until Liverpool.

According to multiple sources, including Sky Sport Italia, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Il Mattino, Corriere dello Sport and more, President Aurelio De Laurentiis is flying back to LA this weekend and that means no decision is imminent on the coach.

Ancelotti was also rumoured to be considering his resignation, but that too seems to be off the table.

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Wednesday October 30 2019
Milan to move for Lovren again?

If Mattia Caldara doesn't recover from injury soon, Tuttosport reports Milan will make another attempt to sign Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.

Caldara has hardly kicked a ball for the Rossoneri since signing from Juventus for €35m in the summer of 2018. He's suffered a plethora of injuries, including an achilles rupture and an ACL tear.

This has limited Caldara to making only two appearances for Milan.

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Wednesday October 30 2019
Koulibaly: 'Proud of Ballon d'Or nod'

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is proud at his 2019 Ballon d'Or nomination and African football's progress. "We've dreamed about it for years."

Koulibaly, 28, spoke to Algerian website Le Buteur about his close friend Faouzi Ghoulam, charity work and his presence in the 50-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award.

"The fact that there are several African nominations (for the Ballon d'Or) shows the enourmous progress African football is making," said the Senegal international.

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Tuesday October 22 2019
Ancelotti: 'Salzburg-Napoli fundamental'

Carlo Ancelotti warns Napoli that their two meetings with RB Salzburg are “fundamental” for Champions League qualification. “I want to see intensity and courage.”

It kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) in Austria.

“Salzburg started the season well and although they changed a lot of players, they maintained the same approach to football with intensity and pace,” said Ancelotti in his press conference.

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Monday October 21 2019
Ronaldo to vie for Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to renew his rivalry with long-time rival Lionel Messi when the 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d’Or is announced later.

Ronaldo has won a total of five Ballon d’Ors, including two of the last three since France Football ended its partnership with FIFA.

However, the Juventus forward missed out on the 2018 gong after it was won by his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric.

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