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Tuesday February 23 2016
Serie A Team of Week 26

After an extended weekend when both Juventus and Napoli failed to win, Dave Taylor selects his best XI from Week 26

Vid Belec [Carpi]

Made a string of crucial saves to keep Carpi in the game. His first big call was parrying a fierce Andrea Belotti header, then a fabulous fingertip save from Ciro Immobile’s cross before palming a well-taken penalty from Maxi Lopez to safety. Commanding.

Domenico Maietta [Bologna]

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Tuesday February 23 2016
Agent: ‘Insigne fundamental’

Lorenzo Insigne is ‘increasingly proving he’s fundamental for Napoli’ according to his agent.

The Italy international has been in stunning form for the Partenopei this season and scored their only goal in last night’s 1-1 draw with Milan at San Paolo.

“Lorenzo is increasingly proving that he’s a fundamental player for Napoli,” his agent Fabio Andreotti said to Tuttomercatoweb.

“Along with the others he perfectly represents the fulcrum of Sarri’s project.

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Monday February 15 2016
Agent: ‘Insigne sacrificed for Napoli’

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent felt Napoli “held their own” against Juventus, and highlights his client’s “sacrifice”.

The Partenopei lost in Turin on Saturday night, allowing the Old Lady to supplant them at the top of the Serie A table, but Insigne’s representative saw positive signs.

“Napoli have proved they can hold their own against Juve,” Angelo Ottaiano said on Radio Crc.

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Saturday February 13 2016
Insigne: 'Napoli showed character'

Lorenzo Insigne is sure “Napoli did not lack character, as we imposed our style” on Juventus in Turin, despite the defeat.

Simone Zaza’s last-gasp goal gave Juve the 1-0 victory and allowed them to leapfrog the Partenopei at the top of the table.

“We did not lack character, as we came here in a stadium packed with Juventus fans on their own turf and played our football, imposing our style on the game,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday February 13 2016
Insigne: 'It won't be over, but...'

Lorenzo Insigne believes “it won’t be over, but three points would be important either way” in Juventus v Napoli.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, follow the action and give your views on our LIVEBLOG.

“It’s an important game for them and us, we are here to play a great game and do what the Coach told us to.

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Friday February 12 2016
Maradona: 'Forza Napoli!'

Diego Armando Maradona sent a message to the Napoli squad ahead of their Scudetto showdown with Juventus.

It kicks off on Saturday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Partenopei haven’t won the Scudetto since Maradona’s era and he is cheering them on from his home in Dubai.

Sky Sport Italia report he even called up the squad at their training retreat the day before the big game to fire up the troops.

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Friday February 12 2016
‘Allegri outstanding for Juventus’

Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri believes his Juventus rival Massimiliano Allegri has done “an outstanding job”.

The Bianconeri boss praised Sarri in his Press conference ahead of the top-of-the-table encounter - click here for a match preview - and the Tuscan tactician returned the favour.

“Is it more my Napoli or Allegri’s Juventus?” Sarri considered in his own Press conference.

“There will always be some [Antonio] Conte in Juve and some [Rafa] Benitez in Napoli. Something will remain after years of work.

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Thursday February 11 2016
Napoli prepare set plays

Reports from Napoli’s training session claim they have been focusing on set-play situations ahead of Juventus.

According to Radio Kiss Kiss, Coach Maurizio Sarri has locked down the Castelvolturno training ground to avoid distractions.

There was still time for fun, as two large birthday cakes were brought in for Jose Callejon and Christian Maggio.

It’s claimed most of the focus of their training session today was on dead ball scenarios, something Sarri had already specialised in while at Empoli.

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Thursday February 11 2016
Insigne 'fired up' for Juventus

Lorenzo Insigne “is very fired up and wants to be a protagonist” in Juventus v Napoli, said his agent.

The top two go head-to-head on Saturday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“I visited Lorenzo today and I can tell you his motivation is through the roof,” Fabio Andreotti told Radio Marte.

“This is the game of the year. If Napoli manage to get full points, they can really win the Scudetto.

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Wednesday February 10 2016
Koulibaly leads Napoli renewals

Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent reportedly began contract talks with Napoli yesterday, but the club also want to extend four other players’ deals.

The centre-back’s representative Bruno Satin arrived at Castelvolturno yesterday to begin discussions about an extension to his current deal, according to Il Mattino.

A renewal for Koulibaly is one of the Partenopei’s priorities according to the paper, despite his current deal running until 2019.

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