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Monday December 18 2017
Confirmed: Milan 'in ritiro'

Milan have reportedly cancelled their Christmas dinner party but confirm they will go into ‘ritiro’ following Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Verona.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the players, with their families, coaches and directors were supposed to dine together on Monday evening,

However, due to the “difficult time” the Rossoneri are experiencing, the broadcaster claims the meal has been called off.

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Monday December 18 2017
What we learned from Week 17

Another exciting weekend of Serie A action saw Inter lose for the first time this season, making the race even tighter at the top.

There are now just four points separating the top four, with Roma still holding a game in hand against Sampdoria.

Here’s what we learned from this weekend’s Serie A action.

A bad omen for Inter?

In isolation, Inter’s 3-1 defeat at home to Udinese isn’t exactly a disaster.

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Monday December 18 2017
Oddo: Milan, protect Gattuso. VAR…

Udinese boss Massimo Oddo has urged Milan to ‘protect’ Gennaro Gattuso and has a solution to reducing VAR waiting times.

Gattuso – Oddo’s former Milan teammate – oversaw a 3-0 defeat to Verona on Sunday, while much of the criticism facing video assistant referees in Serie A relates to the length of time it takes for a decision to be made.

“Who’s more ready for a big team out of De Paul, Barak and Jankto? None of them,” the Coach told Radio Anch’io Sport.

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Monday December 18 2017
‘Milan still have their dignity’

Milan have condemned Gazzetta dello Sport for reporting the club had lost their ‘dignity’ against Verona on Sunday.

La Gazzetta went with Milan’s 3-0 defeat to Verona on their Monday front page, but the suggestion of “zero dignity” used for its headline did not go down well with the Rossoneri.

“The defeat to Verona was, without doubt, serious, mortifying and unacceptable,” read a Press review on the club’s official website.

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Monday December 18 2017
Milan recall relegation season

Milan’s seven defeats this season is the same number as at this point in their relegation season of 1981-82.

The Rossoneri were thrashed 3-0 by Verona yesterday, a result which leaves them 14 points off the Champions League places and only 10 off the relegation zone.

While they won’t be relegated, Premium Sport notes that the Diavolo have lost seven times already, a similar record to the one they had at this stage in the year they were relegated.

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Monday December 18 2017
Wk17: In the balance

Week 17 was the clearest indication yet that this season will be on a knife edge at the top and bottom of the table, writes Susy Campanale.

After six years of absolute Juventus domination, we’d almost forgotten what it was like to have a genuine title race. Now everything is on a knife edge and needs only the tiniest nudge to go one way or the other.

It’s so tight at the top that Inter can slide from first to third in 24 hours, despite it being their first defeat of the season. Milan can go from beating Verona 3-0 in the Coppa Italia to losing against the same side by an identical scoreline in the space of four days. Roma can go from disastrous result to much-needed victory in the final 90 seconds.

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Sunday December 17 2017
Gasperini: 'That's the Atalanta I like'

Gian Piero Gasperini maintains Atalanta “emerge stronger” after their 3-3 draw with Lazio. “We played the kind of football I like.”

The Orobici had gone 2-0 up after just 22 minutes, but were pegged back to 2-2 by half-time, then a Josip Ilicic penalty was again cancelled out by Luis Alberto.

“I am satisfied anyway, as Lazio are an excellent team. We emerge stronger from this game, as we played the kind of football I like,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

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Sunday December 17 2017
Liveblog: Serie A Super Sunday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s seven Serie A games, including Verona-Milan, Bologna-Juventus and Atalanta-Lazio.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at the Stadio Bentegodi at 11.30 GMT with Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan trying to build some momentum against Hellas Verona, just days after the same teams met in the Coppa Italia.

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Sunday December 17 2017
Kaka confirms retirement

Milan legend Kaka confirms his retirement as a professional player but wants to continue working in football.

The Brazilian midfielder said he would take time to consider his options following the end of Orlando City’s season in Major League Soccer.

And speaking to Globo Esporte, the 35-year-old revealed that after speaking to family members, he has now decided to call time on his playing career.

“My cycle as a professional player ends here,” Kaka confirmed.

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Sunday December 17 2017
Pecchia: ‘Beating Milan a reward’

Verona Coach Fabio Pecchia describes beating Milan as ‘a reward’ for his players’ hard work.

The Scaligeri, who started the day second from bottom of Serie A, secured a resounding 3-0 victory over the Rossoneri at the Stadio Bentegodi.

“Behind this win there is a lot of great work. Today was a reward,” Pecchia reflected.

“But we need to put it behind us immediately and think about Udine.

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