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Friday October 6 2017
Ventura must take the blame

Italy unveiled a new badge and kit against Macedonia, but Adam Digby saw the same old Coach and uninspired performance.

A draw. With Macedonia. At home. If ever a result summed up Italy during Giampiero Ventura’s tenure, it was this: the Azzurri held to a disappointing 1-1 stalemate by a team they should have brushed aside comfortably. The performance was every bit as uninspiring as the final score would indicate, and the 69-year-old can expect to be completely lambasted by the national and international media alike in the coming days.

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Thursday September 21 2017
‘Sassuolo expect Berardi improvement’

Sassuolo director general Giovanni Carnevali expects “a leap in quality” from Domenico Berardi this year.

The forward has rejected Juventus in the past, and a proposed move to Napoli this summer never materialised.

The club are hoping to keep Berardi and make him a symbol, but they’re expecting a big season from his this year.

“We rejected important bids for Berardi in the summer,” Carnevali said on Radio Sportiva.

“Now we expect a leap in quality from him.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Bucchi: 'Juve among world's best'

Sassuolo Coach Cristian Bucchi warned they’ll be facing “one of the best teams in the world” tomorrow – Juventus.

It kicks off at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“It is an exciting moment, because for any Coach to take on Juventus is satisfying,” said Bucchi in his Press conference.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Berardi resists the big time

Domenico Berardi has had opportunities to join a bigger club, but is too afraid to leave his Sassuolo comfort zone, argues George Rinaldi.

When former Sassuolo Coach Eusebio Di Francesco outlined that Domenico Berardi “is ready for a big team,” it seemed inevitable the 23-year-old would part with the Neroverdi and move on to the big time.

Instead, it was the tactician who would switch to Roma in the summer of 2017 – leaving Domenico to fend for himself at the Mapei Stadium.

It had not been his best season, though. In fact, his five-goal haul is the lowest he has ever achieved not only in Serie A, but the second tier too.

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Thursday September 14 2017
Cannavaro defends Berardi

Paolo Cannavaro has posted a picture of Domenico Berardi’s injury, after news the Sassuolo forward is likely to miss the Juventus game.

The Italian international was previously co-owned by the Bianconeri and has missed numerous games against the Turin giants in previous seasons.

When it emerged that he might miss Sunday morning’s game with the Old Lady, a number of fans on social media claimed he was faking so he didn’t have to face the Turin giants.

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Wednesday September 13 2017
Berardi to miss Juve clash?

Sassuolo could be without Domenico Berardi against Juventus on Sunday after he took a knock to his foot in training.

A statement on Sassuolo’s official website confirmed Berardi needed “a gash on the instep of his left foot to be stitched up.”

It now remains to be seen whether the winger will be passed fit for the clash, with the Neroverdi winless after three games.

The 23-year-old, who was formerly co-owned by the Bianconeri, also missed most of the first half of last season with a knee injury.

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Thursday September 7 2017
Sassuolo: ‘Didn't consider Berardi bids’

Sassuolo’s CEO praises the “great relationship” with Napoli, but says they only considered “an option” on Domenico Berardi.

In the final days of the transfer window, it was reported that the Neroverdi forward could sign for the Partenopei, but be loaned back for a season.

“He [Berardi] had so many offers, both from Italy and abroad,” Giovanni Carnevali admitted on Radio Crc.

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Tuesday September 5 2017
Squinzi: ‘Berardi worth €40m’

Sassuolo patron Giorgio Squinzi insists Domenico Berardi is worth €40m - “in fact he’s probably worth more”.

The forward has been linked with a move away from Mapei Stadium for the past three summers, but signed a new contract with the Neroverdi during the last transfer window.

“We’re very happy with his renewal because none of us ever stopped believing in him,” Squinzi told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We want him to be our club symbol, that’s my dream.

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Wednesday August 30 2017
Samp-Sassuolo race for Zapata

The Duvan Zapata bidding war continues, as after Sassuolo were leading the race, now Sampdoria are back in front for the Napoli hitman.

Colombia international Zapata has just returned from a two-year loan spell with Udinese and is not part of Coach Maurizio Sarri’s plans.

This afternoon, Sky Sport Italia suggested Sassuolo were close to an agreement for €20m plus bonuses.

Napoli also hoped to get an option on Domenico Berardi for next term.

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Wednesday August 30 2017
‘Berardi would run to Napoli’

A member of Domenico Berardi’s entourage says the Sassuolo forward “would run to Napoli”.

It has emerged today that the Partenopei are keen to sign the Italian Under-21 international, though it’s likely he’d stay with the Neroverdi until next summer.

“As a Neapolitan I hope for the lad and for Napoli that the talks can be concluded,” Beppe Galli, partner of Berardi’s agent Simone Seghedoni, said on Radio Crc.

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