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Sunday January 13 2019
European places are up for grabs

With the top three breaking away and the rest of the table so tight, Matthew Santangelo maintains many clubs can harbour genuine European ambitions.

Juventus (53 pts), Napoli (44 pts) and Inter (39 pts) look to be in control of three of Serie A’s four Champions League spots midway through the season. Though Lazio currently occupy fourth, there are nearly half a dozen clubs jockeying with them for a coveted UCL berth – some more formidable and better equipped than others to unseat the Biancocelesti. With all this being said, which clubs in contention should attempt to stay in the hunt through an aggressive January transfer approach, and which should stand pat?

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Thursday January 3 2019
Cannavaro: 'Napoli need Messi for title'

Fabio Cannavaro hopes Napoli triumph in the Europa League, but warns “the only way they’ll take the Scudetto off Juventus is by signing Lionel Messi.”

The Ballon d’Or and World Cup winner played for both his hometown club Napoli and later Juvem but is currently working as the Coach of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“It really did seem as if Napoli or Inter could halt the Juventus domination, but the Bianconeri seem intent on marching on regardless,” Cannavaro told Il Mattino newspaper.

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Wednesday January 2 2019
Cannavaro: ‘Napoli can win Europa League’

Fabio Cannavaro believes Napoli should aim to win the Europa League - “I don’t know why, over time, Italian teams have snubbed this competition”.

The former centre-back lifted the trophy with Parma in 1999, and wants his home club to follow that lead 20 years on.

“I was the last to win what was still the UEFA Cup in 1999,” Cannavaro recalled, speaking to Il Mattino.

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Sunday December 30 2018
Percassi: 'Dream Atalanta start'

Atalanta President Antonio Percassi is delighted with their first half of the season. “I couldn’t even dream of such a start.”

The Orobici flattened Sassuolo 6-2 on Saturday, closing 2018 in eighth place with 28 points, but also as the top scorers in Serie A with 39 goals, surpassing leaders Juventus.

“I couldn’t even dream of such a start to the campaign,” President Percassi told the club website.

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Sunday December 30 2018
'Napoli can still win Scudetto'

Marek Hamsik insists Napoli can still win the Scudetto this season and ‘will always remember’ the reception they received after beating Juventus.

Napoli lost the Serie A title to Juve in the final two rounds of last season and dropped into the Europa League after they crashed out of the Champions League, but Hamsik made it clear his side were ready to bounce back in 2019.

“We started the year top of the League by playing some very good football,” the midfielder told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Thursday December 20 2018
Champions League opportunity for Milan

Milan's Europa League exit could be a blessing in disguise, says Richard Gyasi, as their struggling rivals will be fighting on two fronts.

If the 1-1 draws against the likes of Cagliari and Empoli earlier in the season was disappointing, then Milan fans must be cursing and ranting about the recent show of ineptitude that has crept into the team. If there is any evidence of Gennaro Gattuso’s side being a weak team, then look no further than their last three league games, which provide all the proof anyone could need. Milan have failed to register a win in that time, drawing all of them and losing six vital points that could have pushed them into a much secured position with a better points tally.

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Wednesday December 19 2018
Mundane Milan drop the ball

Pedestrian and uninspiring, the Rossoneri deliver one of their worst performances of the season in a scoreless draw with relegation-bound Bologna, writes Matthew Santangelo.

When Milan supporters took a glance at the slew of matches their Rossoneri were to finish the first half of the 2018-19 Serie A season with, the general feeling was a positive one despite the injuries that have plagued Gennaro Gattuso’s squad.

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Tuesday December 18 2018

Ancelotti: ‘Ronaldo hasn’t changed’

Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti discusses Juventus’ striker Cristiano Ronaldo - “I don’t think he’s changed much from when I coached him”.

The pair were together at Real Madrid, winning the Champions League in 2014, but are now rivals in Serie A.

“I saw him when we played against Juventus,” Ancelotti explained to Tiki Taka.

“We didn’t speak afterward though. He seems like the usual Ronaldo to me, he’s always a very decisive and motivated player.

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Monday December 17 2018
Inzaghi: ‘Lazio deserved more’

Simone Inzaghi felt Lazio “certainly didn’t deserve to lose” to Atalanta, but knew VAR would rule out a late equaliser “when I saw the wait kept dragging on”.

The Biancocelesti thought they’d salvaged a point through Francesco Acerbi’s header, but after a long check it was ruled out as his foot was offside.

“When I saw the wait kept dragging on, I thought they’d probably disallow it,” Inzaghi admitted in his post-match interview with Sky.

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Monday December 17 2018
’50 per cent chance for Sevilla’

Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparrós believes “the chances of going through are 50 per cent” against Lazio.

The Spanish side drew the Aquile in the Last 32 of the Europa League, and will take on Simone Inzaghi’s men in February.

“The objective is to aim for the maximum,” Caparrós told assembled reporters after the draw in Nyon.

“Lazio are a team with a style similar to ours, with a three-man defence. Let’s say that the chances of going through are 50 per cent.

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