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Monday September 9 2019
Tommasi: 'Ultras safe havens in stadiums'

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi urged “courage” to fight racism in football and destroy “safe havens” for ultras in the stadium.

The issue reared its ugly head again when Romelu Lukaku was racially abused by Cagliari fans, but what really took the story around the world was the open letter from a group of Inter ultras in the Curva Nord who insisted it was not racism, but a way of ‘helping the team’ by putting him off his game.

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Monday September 9 2019
Juve squad cost €719m

Juventus spent €719m on transfer fees to assemble the squad, but Manchester City are the first club to surpass €1bn.

According to the CIES Football Observatory, the Bianconeri are the fifth biggest spenders in the top five European leagues.

Over the course of purchasing all their players, they paid out €719m in transfer fees.

This puts them above Barcelona, who spent €697m, but behind Manchester United on €751m, Real Madrid €902m and Paris Saint-Germain’s €913m.

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Monday September 9 2019
Napoli and Inter seek ECA role

Napoli and Inter are battling for a spot at the table in the executive board of the ECA, currently chaired by Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli.

The European Club Association was formed in 2008 and acts as a committee of continental clubs helping to steer the direction of the sport.

According to several Italian newspapers, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis and Inter chairman Steven Zhang are both trying to get elected to the Executive Board tomorrow.

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Monday September 9 2019
Man City told to forget Skriniar

Inter are already telling Manchester City to forget about signing Milan Skriniar in the January transfer window.

The reports emerged in English papers over the weekend that City had chosen the Slovakia international to strengthen their injury-ravaged defence.

However, even the €60m price-tag won’t be enough to prise him away from San Siro mid-season.

According to Tuttosport, Coach Antonio Conte has decreed Skriniar is off the market, especially in a January transfer window.

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Monday September 9 2019
Martinez: 'Lukaku so happy at Inter'

Belgium Coach Roberto Martinez credits the new experience at Inter with making ex-Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku “free and happy.”

The centre-forward’s change after two goals in as many Serie A games has impressed on international duty.

“This is the first time I have seen him free and happy,” Martinez said in a Press conference ahead of today’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Scotland.

“Going back to many camps I have not seen Rom so focused, so happy, so refreshed by the new challenge.

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Monday September 9 2019
Inter present third kit

Inter have presented their third kit for the 2019-20 season and it is deep black, inspired by jerseys from the past and their tyre sponsors Pirelli.

This strip will above all be used in the Champions League and brings together “elements of their iconic 1997-98 and 2009-10 jerseys.

“The influence of the ’97-98 kit, worn by Brazil legend Ronaldo, is particularly strong with the return of a black silhouette, stylishly enlivened by bright yellow trim and detailing.

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Monday September 9 2019
Mancini: 'Sensi-Verratti possible'

Roberto Mancini insists Italy deserved to beat Finland by more than 2-1 considering their dominance and he could use Stefano Sensi with Marco Verratti in future.

The Azzurri maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2020 qualifying thanks to Ciro Immobile’s header and a Jorginho penalty, with Teemu Pukki temporarily equalising from the spot.

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Monday September 9 2019
Italy Finnish the job

The Azzurri made it six wins out of six in Euro 2020 qualifying and Elio Salerno explains some of the tactical adjustments made to beat Finland.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy took a giant step toward qualification for Euro 2020 with a hard-fought victory over Group J rivals Finland.

He chose to make five changes to the team that had beaten Armenia three days prior. Lazio centre-back Francesco Acerbi made his competitive debut for Italy with Armando Izzo, Stefano Sensi, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Ciro Immobile completing a much changed XI.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Juventus Stadium anniversary

Today is the eighth anniversary of the Juventus Stadium’s first official match and the Bianconeri have won 79 per cent of their games here, losing just 10 out of 208.

The arena was built over the old Stadio Delle Alpi and recently renamed the Allianz Juventus Stadium.

It hosted the first competitive match on September 8, 2011, the opening Serie A game against Parma.

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Sunday September 8 2019
Bastoni: 'Conte the Messi of Coaches'

Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni called Antonio Conte “the Lionel Messi of Coaches” and has learned so much from marking Romelu Lukaku in training.

The Italy Under-21 international is not holding back in his praise of the new Nerazzurri boss.

“Everyone had spoken highly of Conte and I’ve only received confirmation of how great he is. As far as I am concerned, Conte is the Messi of Coaches,” Bastoni told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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