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Sunday December 17 2017
Gasp: ‘We’ll compete with Dortmund’

Gian Piero Gasperini insists Atalanta will ‘compete’ with Borussia Dortmund in their Europa League Round of 32 clash.

La Dea were rewarded for their excellent Group Stage campaign with a glamour tie against the German giants, who drop into the competition after finishing third in their Champions League group.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s home match with Lazio, the experienced tactician added that he is satisfied with his side’s Serie A season so far, with Atalanta currently eighth.

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Friday December 15 2017
Caldara: ‘I’ll be ready for Juventus’

Mattia Caldara wants to join Juventus “ready” but “right now I’m only thinking about Atalanta”.

The Bianconeri bought the centre-back for €15m plus a potential €10m in bonuses last January, but sent him back to Bergamo until summer 2018.

“My path has been mapped out, but I don’t think about it,” Caldara told Corriere dello Sport.

“I’ll work to improve myself because I want to arrive in Turin ready, it’ll be an important stage in my career and I can’t get it wrong.

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Friday December 15 2017
Europa League on Lazio's level

Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio have found their level and would be foolish to not go all out for the Europa League, writes Jack Stevens

“Who knows, maybe we were lucky?” were the words of Steaua Bucharest owner George Becali after he discovered his side had drawn Lazio in the first knockout round of the Europa League. A statement shrouded in ambiguity was however contrasted by the Biancocelesti, who were unequivocally overjoyed by a draw which provided them a real platform for progress.

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Thursday December 14 2017
Gasperini: 'Italy huge responsibility'

Atalanta Coach Gian Piero Gasperini discussed his future, as he’s cool on both the Italy job and a move to a different league.

The Orobici are continuing a successful campaign in both Serie A and the Europa League, where they’ll face Borussia Dortmund in February’s Round of 32.

“Borussia Dortmund are certainly a very strong opponent. We must do well above all in the first leg, knowing their quality and the atmosphere in their stadium,” Gasp told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday December 14 2017
ADL: ‘Napoli like Vrsaljko but…’

President Aurelio De Laurentiis admits Napoli want Sime Vrsaljko, but ‘Atletico Madrid told me they can’t give him to me until June’.

The Partenopei have been heavily linked with the Croatian international, as they need cover at full-back after Faouzi Ghoul’s cruciate ligament injury.

It has been reported in recent days that Vrsaljko is keen to return to Italy, and De Laurentiis was asked by Il Mattino if there’s interest from their side.

“Yes, but it’s complicated,” the film producer replied.

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Thursday December 14 2017
Bulgarian test for Milan

At first glance Ludogorets might seem a simple draw for Milan, but Richard Hall sees hidden dangers in the Europa League giant-killers.

It might be Christmas, but for the Rossoneri it was UEFA handing out the presents this week in the Europa League draw. Whilst the Milanese smiled as the unwanted gifts of trips to Marseille, Lyon and more importantly Borussia Dortmund were avoided, this didn’t mean they got the present they hoped for. A trip to Bulgaria to face Ludogorets is something they may not choose to return, but it has to be said, it’s not something they wanted either.

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Wednesday December 13 2017
‘Ludogorets don’t fear Milan’

Former Fiorentina and Verona midfielder Gustavo Campanharo insists Ludogorets are “certainly not afraid” of Milan.

The Bulgarian side have been drawn with the Rossoneri in the Last 32 of the Europa League, and the Brazilian spoke to Tuttomercatoweb about the tie.

“We welcome them with great enthusiasm,” Campanharo said.

“Milan are always Milan, a historic, prestigious and winning club. It’ll be wonderful to go back to Italy, moreover to play in a wonderful stadium like San Siro.

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Wednesday December 13 2017
Napoli opportunity with RB Leipzig

The Partenopei must use their full squad for what should be an immensely-entertaining tie against RB Leipzig, writes Vilizar Yakimov.

After failing to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage, Napoli will continue their continental journey in the Europa League, where they’ll face last year’s Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig.

Similarly to the Partenopei, the Germans were eliminated from their Champions League group in the last round and left with the bitter feeling that they could’ve done more. Another common link between the two sides is that in the last two years they’ve been challenging the dominance of two powerhouses in their respective leagues.

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Monday December 11 2017
Tare: 'Lazio must believe in title'

Lazio director Igli Tare insists they must believe in Scudetto potential. “The table says we are up there and we have to believe all the way.”

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups.

A win this evening would put the Aquile in joint fourth place with Roma, and both Olimpico sides have a game in hand.

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Monday December 11 2017
Suso: 'Milan better with 4-3-3'

Suso called new Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso “a great motivator” and hopes “we don’t change tactics again, as 4-3-3 is the right system.”

The Rossoneri ended their negative streak with a 2-1 victory over Bologna last night.

“We knew that it was a very important game, as this had been a negative period and three points were sorely-needed,” Suso told Mediaset Premium ahead of this evening’s Christmas dinner.

It was the first victory since Vincenzo Montella was sacked to make way for Gattuso.

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