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Thursday December 5 2019
Corriere dello Sport in race storm

The Corriere dello Sport is in the middle of a self-inflicted race storm after previewing the Inter-Roma match with a controversial ‘Black Friday’ headline.

The title referred to the Black Friday shopping phenomena, with the clash due to be played on Friday evening.

However, it also referred to the involvement of ex-Manchester United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling, both of whom now play for Inter and Roma respectively but are also black.

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Thursday December 5 2019
'Two fronts too much' for Lecce

Fabio Liverani blamed “injuries” but conceded Lecce weren’t “ready for two competitions” as they crashed out of Coppa Italia with a 5-1 defeat to SPAL.

SPAL ran riot against Lecce on Wednesday, despite their lowly ranking in Serie A, and Liverani called for “aggression” and “attention” from his squad going forward.

“We had several injuries today,” he told reporters after the match.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Lasagna: 'Left everything on the pitch'

Kevin Lasagna says Udinese “wanted to make up for a bad performance” against Lazio after they beat Bologna 4-0 in the Coppa Italia.

After back-to-back losses to Sampdoria and Lazio, Lasagna helped Udinese thrash their Serie A rivals with an injury-time goal to set up a last-16 tie with Napoli next month.

“We are happy,” he told Rai Sport. “We wanted to make up for the bad performance in Rome.

“This win is very good for the group. We have worked so much on our competitiveness.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Napoli in retreat until Genk

Napoli will be staying in a training retreat until their last group match in the Champions League against Racing Genk next week.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports Napoli will remain in ritiro until the game on December 10 but also speaks of a “tense” atmosphere in the camp.

Jokes are hard to come by and there’s a sense of pessimism around the training ground, explains the newspaper, which adds President Aurelio De Laurentiis might sack coach Carlo Ancelotti next week.

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Thursday December 5 2019
Serie A sides on Carrasco alert

Yannick Carrasco seemingly thanked and greeted Dalian Yifang on social media ahead of a move back to Europe this winter.

After scoring 17 goals and providing eight assists in the Chinese Super League this season, Carrasco appears ready to return to European shores.

According to Calciomercato.com, his Instagram post was an announcement that he would be leaving Dalian.

“I would have liked to come back for personal reasons,” he was quoted as saying in September.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
De Siervo: 'Clumsy smear attempt'

Serie A CEO Luigi De Siervo has branded leaked audio of him urging broadcasters not to pick up racist chanting “a clumsy attempt to embarrass me”.

La Repubblica yesterday published a transcript of a leaked audio file, which heard De Siervo advising TV companies to turn off microphones in the event of racial abuse during Serie A matches, so as to preserve the “product”.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
Marchisio: 'Juve in no trouble'

Claudio Marchisio believes there are no problems with Juventus, even if Serie A is now “more competitive” with Inter rivalling them.

Marchisio, who recently retired from football, was in Rome picking up the Andrea Fortunato award, named in memory of the ex-Juve defender who tragically died of leukaemia at the age of 23 in 1995.

“Serie A is more interesting, but I don’t see Juve in any trouble,” he told reporters.

people always find flaws, even when they win 10 games in a row. But they [Juve] are used to it.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
VAR a mess, admits Ceferin

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has confessed that he isn’t a fan of VAR, calling it “a mess”.

Video assistant referees have been gradually introduced to football over the last few years, but Ceferin admits he doesn’t like the technology.

“It is a mess. I don’t think the tolerance or one or two centimeters for offside, for example, is enough,” he told The Mirror.

“We will propose a change to IFAB. And also for our referees.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
Paratici: 'Miha close to Juve job'

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was close to getting the Juventus job earlier in his career, reveals sporting director Fabio Paratici.

Mihajlovic restored his reputation as a top Serie A coach last season, guiding Bologna to safety after failed spells in charge of Milan and Torino. 

And Paratici says it was a “relief” to see the Serb back in a dugout.

“It was very nice to see him on the bench, a relief,” he told Tuttosport. “I am a friend of Sinisa’s, a very good friend.

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Wednesday December 4 2019
Pinamonti's Azzurri dream

Genoa striker Andrea Pinamonti says his dream is to become Italy’s No 9 after scoring the winner against Ascoli in the Coppa Italia.

The 20-year-old scored his fourth goal of the season in a 3-2 victory over the Serie B side, two months after Azzurri CT Roberto Mancini sounded him out as the future.

“My dream is to become Italy No 9,” Pinamonti told reporters after the cup tie.

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