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Thursday June 18 2020
Alex Sandro and Khedira injury updates

Juventus have injury problems after the Coppa Italia Final, as Alex Sandro tore a medial collateral knee ligament and Sami Khedira has a potentially serious tendon issue.

The Bianconeri returned to Turin after last night’s defeat to Napoli in Rome and are now preparing for the first Serie A game back against Bologna on Monday.

“Diagnostic tests carried out at J-Medical this afternoon showed for Alex Sandro, a first degree lesion of the medial collateral ligament. Physiotherapy began immediately.

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Thursday June 18 2020
COVID-19: Slight uptick in numbers

There was a slight uptick in the number of deaths (66) and new positive COVID-19 tests (331) in Italy, again around half of them localised in Lombardy.

The pandemic curve remains relatively stable, with an additional 66 deaths related to coronavirus, an increase from yesterday’s 43, taking the total death toll to 34,514.

A further 331 new positive tests were registered in the country out of 58,154 swabs.

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Thursday June 18 2020
WHO medic 'hurt' by Napoli celebrations

The Italian representative of the World Health Organisation was horrified at the ‘doomed’ street celebrations that followed Napoli’s Coppa Italia victory.

The fans flocked to the streets to party after their team beat Juventus on penalties in a game played behind closed doors in Rome.

They continued for hours, waiting for the squad to arrive at the train station at 2am.

“The parties in the square are wretched, doomed to create huge problems,” Professor Ranieri-Guerra told television programme Agorà.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Del Piero: 'Slap in the face for Juve'

Alessandro Del Piero concedes losing the Coppa Italia Final to Napoli is ‘a strong slap in the face’ for Juventus. ‘We’ve seen there are problems.’

The Bianconeri had already lost the Supercoppa Italiana against Lazio in December and were beaten on penalties last night following a second consecutive goalless draw.

“On an emotional level, I think this was a strong slap in the face,” Juve legend Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Setien: 'Napoli difficult opponents for Barca'

Barcelona coach Quique Setien was impressed by Napoli’s Coppa Italia victory against Juventus. ‘They are strong opponents and it won’t be easy for us.’

The first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo, but the return was postponed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Conte: 'I always raise the bar'

Antonio Conte has revealed he used his spare time to ‘dive deep’ into the studies of his Inter squad to look for ‘the negatives and positives’ ahead of the resumption: “I’m never satisfied.”

The Nerazzurri returned from the break against Napoli in the Coppa Italia but were eliminated on aggregate after a 1-1 draw against the eventual winners last Saturday.

Inter are preparing to face Sampdoria in their return to Serie A and Conte has claimed the stop gave him a chance to look closer at what he needs to improve.

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Thursday June 18 2020
ADL: 'Gattuso helped me forget about the fines'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis claims the incident during the first half of the campaign is ‘just a bad memory’ after the Coppa Italia success.

The season started turbulent for the Partenopei, who struggled to pick up the required points to fight for a place among the top four in Serie A.

A retreat-non-retreat episode under Carlo Ancelotti split the San Paolo and the patron decided to hand out fines to the players who protested his decisions.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Toni: 'Ronaldo can't even dribble'

Former Italy forward Luca Toni was disappointed with Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against Napoli: “He can’t even dribble.”

The former Capocannoniere watched as Ronaldo lost back-to-back Finals for the first time in his career and claimed he was part of the problem for Maurizio Sarri’s men in Rome.

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Wednesday June 17 2020
Napoli celebrate sixth Coppa Italia title

Napoli won their sixth Coppa Italia trophy, matching Fiorentina in fifth place in the all-time charts, in the first penalty shoot-out Final since 2009.

The game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes against Juventus and, as per the format change, extra time was scrapped for the two teams to go direct to penalties.

The Coppa Italia hadn’t been decided from the spot since 2009, when Lazio got the better of Sampdoria in a shoot-out.

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Wednesday June 17 2020
Historic Ronaldo double defeat

This is the first time in Cristiano Ronaldo’s career that he has lost two consecutive Cup Finals at club level, as Juventus failed at both the Supercoppa and the Coppa Italia.

The Bianconeri were beaten 3-1 by Lazio in December in Riyadh, with Paulo Dybala’s goal wiped out by Luis Alberto, Senad Lulic and Danilo Cataldi.

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