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Sunday March 1 2020
Serie A crisis of our own making

The Coronavirus crisis has brought the worst out of Serie A and all Italian organisations, as Susy Campanale urges everyone to just accept what needs to be done.

Serie A remains a long way behind the Premier League and La Liga because it is run in much the same way as every other Italian organisation: badly and with consistent inconsistency. Logic goes out the window, decisions are announced by one authority, changed by another, final verdicts are given at the last minute and it’s impossible to prepare for any of these eventualities. Who would be so foolish as to plan a trip to a Serie A match when you have no guarantee even a week beforehand that it’ll be played on the date you booked the flights and hotel?

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Friday February 28 2020
Zanetti: 'Getafe to be respected'

Inter director Javier Zanetti says La Liga outfit Getafe are to be “respected” ahead of their Europa League Round of 16 clashes.

The Nerazzurri beat Bulgarian outfit Ludogrets to qualify for the Round of 16.

In today’s draw, Inter were paired together with Getafe, and it’s the first the two clubs will ever come together.

“Getafe are a tricky team, we will prepare as we do for every game,” Zanetti told Inter’s official TV channel following the conclusion of the draw.

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Friday February 28 2020
Vrba: 'Disappointed by mistake'

Ludogorets coach Pavel Vrba was “disappointed about the mistake” leading to the 2-1 goal at San Siro, but insisted that his side did well against Inter.

Cauly opened the scoring in an empty stadium on Thursday, to put pressure on Antonio Conte’s men.

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Friday February 28 2020
Football is more than the fans

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall reflects on Inter’s game behind closed doors with Ludogorets and how we define passion.

Football will always have a raw intensity and a unique ability to make anyone that steps over that white line feel the need to win. We see this is in the parks, recreational grounds and in any amateur version of the game. Inter’s Europa League fixture took place at an eerily empty San Siro due to the Coronavirus outbreak, a situation that engulfs Italy and may soon do the same to the rest of Europe. It only served to prove that this sport is still beautiful, even without the fans.

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Thursday February 27 2020
Ranocchia: 'Juve-Inter is the game'

Andrea Ranocchia does not believe playing behind closed doors will make much difference in Juventus-Inter. “This is ‘the game’ in Italy.”

The Nerazzurri beat Ludogorets 2-1 in the Europa League this evening with San Siro empty due to the Coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy.

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Thursday February 27 2020
Conte: 'Inter steps to victory'

Antonio Conte discussed the dangers of playing behind closed doors against Ludogorets and Juventus, reiterating Inter must go through “necessary steps” to silverware.

Cristiano Biraghi and Romelu Lukaku replied to the Cauly opener in an empty San Siro, securing a 2-1 win on the night, 4-1 on aggregate.

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Thursday February 27 2020
Padelli: 'Inter always 110 per cent'

Daniele Padelli insists the lack of a crowd didn’t distract Inter against Ludogorets. “We are Inter, we have to be 110 per cent concentrated.”

San Siro was empty for the Europa League Round of 32 tie, as Lombardy is at the centre of the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Nerazzurri fought back from a goal down to beat the Bulgarians 2-1 on the night, 4-1 on aggregate.

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Thursday February 27 2020
EL: Inter make short work of Ludogorets

Cristiano Biraghi and a comical Romelu Lukaku header proved enough for Inter to push past Ludogorets 2-1, a 4-1 aggregate score, in an empty San Siro.

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This Europa League Round of 32 second leg tie was played behind closed doors at San Siro due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy, which was largely localised in the Lombardy region.

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Thursday February 27 2020
Marotta: 'Surreal atmosphere'

Inter director Beppe Marotta tried to focus his players on the Europa League encounter with Ludogorets in a “surreal atmosphere” and discussed Christian Eriksen’s gradual introduction.

It kicks off at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

This fixture is played behind closed doors at San Siro as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy, which has affected over 500 people, with 17 deaths so far.

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Thursday February 27 2020
Line-ups: Inter v Ludogorets

Inter start Christian Eriksen, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the Europa League against Ludogorets, played behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus scare.

It kicks off at an empty San Siro at 20.00 GMT.

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