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Friday April 19 2019
Mou: Where Juve went wrong...

Jose Mourinho claims Juventus were not physical enough against Ajax, whereas his Manchester United ‘gave them the game that they didn’t want to have.’

Ajax eliminated Juve from the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, and Mourinho believes they should have taken pointers from his United team, who beat the Dutch side 2-0 in the 2017 Europa League Final.

“We gave them the game that they didn’t want to have, they complained about long build-up,” the former Inter boss told RT Sport.

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Friday April 19 2019
Insigne dad: No Ancelotti criticism

Lorenzo Insigne’s father has denied calling Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti a ‘flop’ after the Partenopei’s Europa League exit on Thursday evening.

Carmine Insigne reportedly made the remark as he walked out of the San Paolo, where Napoli were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal, having also watched his son substituted by Ancelotti.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Insigne father slams 'flop' Ancelotti

Lorenzo Insigne’s father reportedly stormed out of the Napoli match with Arsenal, calling Coach Carlo Ancelotti “a flop.”

Tuttomercatoweb and Radio Punto Zero both reported seeing Carmine Insigne furious at the Europa League quarter-final defeat, walking out of the Stadio San Paolo declaring Ancelotti is "a flop."

Insigne was substituted during the second half of the 1-0 loss, 3-0 on aggregate, and received some jeers from the crowd.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Calcio down and out

Napoli and Juventus stumbled out of Europe at the quarter-final stage, as Giancarlo Rinaldi looks back over yet another year of disappointment.

What’s another year? It’s a question once sung by that master of European competition Johnny Logan, but it could soon become the theme tune for the continental forays of Serie A sides.

One more season went into the history books on Thursday night with the dream of even a place in the semi-finals denied. It feels like Italian teams have been barred from a club where they used to enjoy some of their best nights out. There’s always another TV box-set to binge-watch, I suppose.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Sarri: 'People say I'm not suited...'

Maurizio Sarri took Chelsea to the Europa League semi-finals and was disappointed Napoli didn’t join him. “Yet I’m considered a Coach who isn’t suited to European competition.”

The Stamford Bridge outfit had won 1-0 away to Slavia Prague in the first leg, then took a commanding early lead at Stamford Bridge, but fell asleep and eventually it ended 4-3 in London.

It’s still enough to send Chelsea through to the semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, although Sarri was irritated by the line of questioning.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Koulibaly: 'Napoli didn't take chances'

Kalidou Koulibaly admits “at this level if you don’t take your chances, then you won’t progress” after Napoli crashed out of the Europa League to Arsenal.

The Partenopei had opportunities in both legs of the quarter-final, but failed to find the net in a 2-0 defeat in London and 1-0 loss at the Stadio San Paolo.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Emery: 'Arsenal defended well'

Unai Emery was satisfied with the Arsenal defending to keep a rare away clean sheet, beating Napoli 1-0 in the Europa League quarter-final.

The Gunners had a 2-0 first leg lead to rely on and extended it in the first half at the San Paolo through Alexandre Lacazette’s free kick.

That visibly sapped the confidence from Napoli, who wasted the chances they did create.

“I am proud of the players. We started very well,” the Coach told BT Sport.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Ancelotti: 'All over within 30 minutes'

Carlo Ancelotti maintains Napoli’s Europa League quarter-final with Arsenal “only lasted 30 minutes” and they can’t be expected to compete with their current revenue.

It was already a mountain to climb after the 2-0 first leg defeat, but Alexandre Lacazette’s free kick in the first half meant the Partenopei needed four goals and they visibly lost confidence.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Sokratis: 'Arsenal defended as a team'

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos praised his teammates for their defending against Napoli and discussed their ambitions.

The Gunners had won the first leg 2-0 at home, but also emerged 1-0 winners at the Stadio San Paolo in a 3-0 Europa League quarter-final aggregate victory.

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Thursday April 18 2019
Mertens: 'Arsenal no stronger than Napoli'

Dries Mertens insists Arsenal “aren’t that good and there isn’t a real gap between us,” but the first half performance in London was fatal for Napoli.

The Partenopei lost 2-0 at the Emirates and were beaten at the San Paolo 1-0 by Alexandre Lacazette’s free kick.

“The first 10-15 minutes, we had a few chances to score and that would’ve changed everything,” the Belgian told Sky Sport Italia.

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