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Sunday September 15 2019
De Zerbi: 'Attack like Roma'

Sassuolo Coach Roberto De Zerbi shares Roma boss Paulo Fonseca’s attacking philosophy. “If you play this type of football, you accept the risks that go with it.”

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“Roma have a clear identity and strong players, but we are going to the Stadio Olimpico in order to play our football and take the initiative. I think we can expect an entertaining game,” said De Zerbi in his Press conference.

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Saturday September 14 2019
Sampdoria's historic start

Sampdoria have started the Serie A season with three straight defeats for only the fifth time in their history.

The Blucerchiati were beaten 3-0 by Lazio, 4-1 at Sassuolo and this evening 2-0 away to Napoli.

The only other occasions in which Samp had zero points after three rounds were in 1950-51, 1970-71, 1972-73 and the most recent occurrence in the 2004-05 campaign.

It remains to be seen if the club will continue to back Coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

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Saturday September 14 2019
Fonseca: 'Won't reveal Roma strategy'

Paulo Fonseca is keeping Roma cards close to his chest, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s role, because Sassuolo “deserve our full attention.”

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“We’ve had time over the international break, albeit without 10 players, to work on what we needed to do,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday September 14 2019
Smalling still out for Roma

Chris Smalling is certainly out of tomorrow’s Serie A game against Sassuolo and might not even be fit for Roma’s Europa League opener.

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The England international defender arrived in the final hours of the transfer window on loan from Manchester United.

He had been expected to start in the back four against Sassuolo, but pulled up with a muscular problem in training.

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Friday September 13 2019
Pellegrini: No Roma limits

Lorenzo Pellegrini has revealed he likes the "freedom" of playing as a No 10 and that Roma "aren’t setting any limits" this season.

Pellegrini has grown into one of Roma’s ‘senatori’ following the exits of Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, despite only turning 23 in June.

The midfielder has started the season in a 4-2-3-1 double pivot but could be pushed into the berth behind Edin Dzeko against Sassuolo on Sunday.

“I like to feel free on the pitch,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday September 12 2019
Serie A Week 3 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 3 are announced as Massimiliano Irrati will officiate the clash between Fiorentina and Juventus.

Irrati [pictured, right] is one of Italy’s most experienced referees and was the VAR for the World Cup Final last year.

Elsewhere, Milan’s trip to Verona will be overseen by Gianluca Manganiello, Maurizio Mariani will take charge of Inter-Udinese and Federico La Penna is the man in the middle for Napoli’s visit of Sampdoria. 

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Wednesday September 11 2019
Conte all-time top Serie A earner

Antonio Conte is reportedly the highest-paid Coach in Serie A history on €11m per year at Inter, double the salary of second-placed Maurizio Sarri of Juventus.

La Gazzetta dello Sport drew up a list of this season’s top-earning tacticians and found that not only was Conte leading the way for the 2019-20 campaign, but also the history of Italian football.

Conte is believed to pick up €11m per year net to sit on the Inter bench, which is double the €5.5m that Sarri earns at Juventus.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
U21: Italy Manita with Luxembourg

Italy started their European Under-21 Championship qualifiers with a 5-0 victory over Luxembourg and five different players on target, including Moise Kean.

This was the first competitive match for new Coach Paolo Nicolato, fresh from his impressive work with the Under-20 squad, and he got the qualifying campaign underway with a strong start in Castel di Sangro.

It took just eight minutes for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca to be brought down for a penalty, converted by his Neroverdi teammate Manuel Locatelli.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Revealed: Serie A's highest earners

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is Serie A’s runaway highest earner on €31m a season, with Matthijs de Ligt and Romelu Lukaku already second and third.

An investigation by Gazzetta dello Sport discovered Serie A was spending €1.36bn on gross salaries – the most in the League’s history.

That is chiefly down to Ronaldo’s extravagant income of almost €600,000 a week and Juve’s wage bill of €294m – more than double that of nearest challengers Inter (€139m).

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Rediscovering Douglas Costa

Many assumed Douglas Costa would be shipped out by Juventus, but Emmet Gates explains why the flashy Brazilian has won his place back.

Douglas Costa has been the standout performer in Juventus’ two opening fixtures of the season. Against Parma and Napoli, his frightening ability to shift gears in nanoseconds visibly struck fear into the hearts of the opposing players.

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