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Thursday January 18 2018
More Milan lows than highs

Evaluating Milan's season so far, it's easier to pick out the lowlights than the few high points, writes Richard Hall, but Patrick Cutrone was a beacon of hope.

Milan would have welcomed the winter break more than most, after promise turned into disappointment almost from day one. In the early summer, 60,000 turned up to watch the new and most thought improved Milan squad qualify for the Europa League via two preliminary rounds. The enthusiasm would start to drain as results worsened and the players failed to perform. Now on their second Coach of the season, they will be hoping for a better 2018.

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Saturday January 13 2018
Plenty to love about Papu

Beyond his dance moves, goals and vibrant personality, Papu Gomez has been a beacon of loyalty to Bergamo, writes Matthew Santangelo.

Prior to arriving in Bergamo in 2014, Alejandro Gomez spent several successful years in Sicily with Catania, who employed plenty of Argentine internationals to form one of the top flight’s most unique and exciting sides.

After leaving southern Italy for a cup of coffee in Ukraine with Metalist Kharkiv for the 2013-14 season, the diminutive attacker couldn’t resist the urge to make a return to old stomping grounds in Italy, this time settling in Bergamo to play for Atalanta. 

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Thursday January 11 2018
‘Napoli want to win EL’

Kalidou Koulibaly insists Napoli are “playing to win" the Europa League but “it’s better not to speak” about the Scudetto.

The Partenopei are top of Serie A, but were eliminated from the Champions League after finishing behind Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk in their group.

“It was definitely a disappointment,” Koulibaly admitted, speaking to El Heddaf TV.

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Sunday January 7 2018
Gasperini: ‘Beautiful win over Roma’

Gian Piero Gasperini calls Atalanta’s win at Roma “the most beautiful” and promises “we’ll try to fight on three fronts for as long as possible”.

The Orobici won 2-1 at the Olimpico yesterday, despite playing the entirety of the second half with 10 men.

“It’s the most beautiful win, maybe because it’s the most recent,” Gasperini told the club’s official website.

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Saturday January 6 2018
Abbiati: 'Milan believe in Silva'

Milan director Christian Abbiati assured they “believe in Andre Silva” despite his lack of playing time and explains the Lucas Biglia pick.

The Rossoneri host Crotone at 14.00 GMT, follow the build-up and action from all eight Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

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Wednesday January 3 2018
Agent: ’Koulibaly wants it all’

Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent insists the defender “wants to win everything”, despite claims Napoli are focusing solely on the Scudetto.

The Partenopei have been knocked out of both the Champions League and the Coppa Italia, but are top of Serie A at the halfway point.

“Are they focused solely on the league?” Bruno Satin considered, speaking on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

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Tuesday January 2 2018
Gasperini: 'Atalanta retained style'

Gian Piero Gasperini is glad Atalanta kicked Napoli out of the Coppa Italia “without changing our style” and welcomes extra games.

Timothy Castagna and Papu Gomez got the goals at the Stadio San Paolo before a late Dries Mertens header for the 2-1 result.

They’ll face Juventus or Torino in the two-legged Semi-Final in January and February.

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Tuesday December 26 2017
Inzaghi: 'Lazio on all three fronts'

Simone Inzaghi said Lazio “want to compete on all three fronts” after beating Fiorentina 1-0 to reach the Coppa Italia semi-final.

An early Senad Lulic goal proved enough at the Stadio Olimpico and they’ll go on to face either Milan or Inter next month.

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Friday December 22 2017
Miha: ‘Don’t underestimate Spal’

Sinisa Mihajlovic warns his Torino side not to underestimate Spal - “if we don’t play at our best, we could be beaten”.

The Granata are looking to qualify for the Europa League this season, and face what looks to be a winnable game against the relegation strugglers.

“Every match in Serie A is difficult,” Mihajlovic cautioned in his pre-match Press conference.

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Tuesday December 19 2017
'Vrsaljko staying at Atletico Madrid'

President Enrique Cerezo expects Napoli, Juventus and Inter transfer target Sime Vrsaljko “to be an Atletico Madrid player in 2018 too.”

The full-back is struggling for playing time at the Wanda Metropolitano and repeatedly linked with a move back to Serie A, where he already represented Genoa and Sassuolo.

“Vrsaljko is an Atletico Madrid player and I expect him to remain an Atletico Madrid player in 2018 too,” Cerezo told Radio CRC.

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