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Friday October 26 2018
Worrying times for Gattuso & Milan

Successive defeats to Inter and Real Betis signal a major wake-up call for Gattuso and his Milan side, writes Matthew Santangelo.

When Gennaro Gattuso was handed an extension until 2021 by Milan’s former ownership in April, the club’s fan base were somewhat divided on the commitment to their ex-midfield enforcer. 

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Wednesday October 24 2018
Gattuso defends Donnarumma

Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso defends Gianluigi Donnarumma - “anyone who plays football can make mistakes”.

The young goalkeeper has come in for increasing criticism this season, which reached a head when he came out for a Matias Vecino cross against Inter on Sunday, failing to reach it before Mauro Icardi headed home a late winner.

“There were mistakes on the goal, not just Donnarumma,” Gattuso said in his Press conference ahead of the Real Betis game.

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Tuesday October 23 2018
Milan team manager suspended

Milan team manager Andrea Romeo has been given a one-match ban for using a “blasphemous expression” in the derby defeat to Inter.

The Rossoneri were beaten 1-0 in the first Derby della Madonnina of the season, thanks to Mauro Icardi’s last-gasp header.

Today the Lega Serie A has released its disciplinary report for Week 9, and Romeo has been given a one-match ban for jumping off the bench and using a “blasphemous expression”.

The team manager is essentially a liaison between the players and the club and Coach.

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Monday October 22 2018
Milan ultras: ‘Shame on you!’

Milan’s Curva Sud ultras have reacted angrily to the Derby della Madonnina defeat to Inter - “shame on all of you!”

The Rossoneri were beaten by Mauro Icardi’s late header, having been under the cosh for most of the game.

“Derbies are to be played,” the Curva Sud declared in a statement on leader Luca Lucci’s Instagram profile.

“You fight, you battle, you spit blood and maybe you can even lose. Yesterday there was nothing! Shame on all of you!

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Monday October 22 2018
Another Icardi derby

The Derby della Madonnina showed Inter and Milan’s best and worst, writes Richard Hall, and there was no surprise in who decided it.

The Derby della Madonnina showed the world it had lost none of its glamour and none of its appeal. The choreography from Milan's Curva Sud was exemplary, matched only by the majesty of the huge banner unveiled over three parts of Inter's Curva Nord, telling the world that 'The Serpent' was the symbol of Milan. The game itself entertained and frustrated both sets of supporters in equal measure and whilst it showcased how far both Milan clubs have come, it was also an advert for their deficiencies.

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Monday October 22 2018
'This Inter a bit like Treble winners'

Massimo Moratti claims Inter’s last-gasp victory over Milan in the Derby della Madonnina ‘reminded me a bit of the Treble winners’.

Mauro Icardi’s 92nd-minute header was the difference between Inter and Milan on Sunday, and Moratti firmly believed his former club were on ‘the right track’ towards being successful again.

“For a fan, it’s the best way to win,” he told Radio Anch’io Sport.

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Friday October 19 2018
Politano: ‘Can’t wait for derby’

Inter winger Matteo Politano “can’t wait” for the Derby della Madonnina against Milan, insisting “there are no favourites”.

The city rivals meet for the first time this season on Sunday night, with just four points separating them. Click here for a match preview.

“I can’t wait for Sunday,” Politano told Sky.

“Everyone is talking about this great derby, you can feel the passion of the fans in the city. We’re both in good form and we start 50-50, there are no favourites.”

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Friday October 19 2018
Ones to watch in Serie A Week 9

The Derby della Madonnina will dominate headlines and attention, but there’s plenty to look forward to in Week 9 of Serie A.

Inter and Milan face off for the first time this season on Sunday night, but across the weekend there’s action at both ends of the table.

Here’s what to look out for in Week 9 of Serie A.

Can Juventus maintain their perfect start?

Juventus face Genoa on Saturday evening, looking to maintain a perfect start to the season which has seen them win 10 games out of 10.

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Friday October 19 2018
San Siro sold out for derby

Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina between Inter and Milan is sold out, with around 78,000 fans to pack out San Siro.

The first derby of the season kicks off at 19.30 on October 21, with just four points separating the sides in the table. Click here for a match preview.

With just over 48 hours to go until kick-off, the match has officially sold out, with around 78,000 fans to attend.

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Friday October 19 2018
Skriniar: ‘Not just Higuain’

Inter defender Milan Skriniar calls Gonzalo Higuain “a great striker” but won’t be focused solely on him against Milan.

The first Derby della Madonnina of the season takes place on Sunday night, with Pipita having scored in his last five games in a row.

“It's important that he doesn't score,” Skriniar told ESPN.

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