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Friday May 10 2019
Ronaldo delivered, despite Juventus

As Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut Juventus season comes to a close, Vilizar Yakimov believes he lived up to expectations, but the team around him fell short.

Another missed opportunity. That’s probably what the majority of the Juventus fans are thinking after seeing Tottenham completing a dramatic comeback against Ajax to reach their first Champions League final against fellow English side Liverpool.

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Thursday May 9 2019
Zola: 'Foreign Coaches help in England'

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola believes Maurizio Sarri is among foreign Coaches who brought “new ideas and ways of playing” to English clubs.

The Stamford Bridge side are in the Europa League semi-final this evening against Eintracht Frankfurt, while Arsenal take on Valencia.

There could be an all-English Europa League Final, but there already is that scenario in the Champions League, where Liverpool will face Tottenham Hotspur after dramatic comebacks.

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Thursday May 9 2019
Llorente 'honoured' by Napoli link

Fernando Llorente’s agent assures the Tottenham Hotspur striker would be “very happy and honoured to try an experience at Napoli.”

The former Juventus centre-forward has just reached the Champions League Final with Spurs after their 3-2 win away to Ajax.

His brother and agent Jesus Llorente was asked about rumours he was on the Napoli radar.

“When there are rumours, there is always a kernel of truth in there,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

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Thursday May 9 2019
'Lucas Moura could've joined Napoli!'

Lucas Moura’s hat-trick fired Tottenham Hotspur into the Champions League Final – but his father claims he could have been playing for Napoli.

Lucas’ last-gasp winner completed a historic comeback for Tottenham, who beat Ajax 3-2 from 2-0 down to set up an all-English Champions League Final with Liverpool.

“I’m very happy with what my son did with Tottenham, we still can’t believe it!” Jorge Rodrigues da Silva told Radio Marte.

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Wednesday May 8 2019
CL: Liverpool v Tottenham Final

Tottenham Hotspur will play Liverpool in the Champions League Final, but both came within goal difference of being eliminated by Inter and Napoli.

Spurs were 3-0 down on aggregate during tonight’s semi-final, having lost 1-0 at home in the first leg, but fought back with a Lucas Moura hat-trick for an extraordinary 3-2 victory in Amsterdam.

Moura completed his treble at the 96th minute after a chaotic game where both sides hit the woodwork and Ajax were denied by a goal-line clearance.

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Wednesday May 8 2019
Fiorentina target Fenerbahce's Elmas

Fiorentina are reportedly interested in Fenerbahce midfielder Eljif Elmas, but are unwilling to pay the €20m asking price.

According to Turkish media outlet Skorer, the Viola have already made an offer for the Macedonia international, but are only prepared to pay €11m.

The 19-year-old has scored three times in 27 games in the Turkish Super Lig this season, and has won 10 caps for his country since making his debut in 2017.

Atletico Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter are also reportedly interested in signing the teenager.

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Saturday May 4 2019
Ancelotti: 'Insigne stays, Trippier, Lozano...'

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Lorenzo Insigne will extend his Napoli contract, while dropping hints on Hirving Lozano, Kieran Trippier and Nicolò Barella.

The game with Cagliari kicks off on Sunday at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

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Saturday May 4 2019
Trippier wife prepares Napoli move?

Sky Sport Italia claim Kieran Trippier’s wife is in Naples checking out schools, fuelling reports of the Tottenham man’s imminent transfer to Napoli.

The 28-year-old right-back has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Stadio San Paolo in recent weeks.

According to today’s reports, Charlotte Trippier was spotted in the city of Naples, where she is looking for a house and schools in which to enrol their children.

This could be a huge clue that Trippier is giving this transfer some serious thought.

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Friday May 3 2019
Allegri: 'Football is not science, it's art'

Max Allegri had a lengthy and fascinating discussion on the Juventus DNA, pursuit of result rather than style and proving “football is not an exact science, it's an art.”

The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the 1-1 Derby della Mole draw with Torino, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s header cancelled out a Sasa Lukic opener.

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Saturday April 27 2019
Full-back revolution for Napoli

Napoli are ready to completely revamp their full-backs, targeting Manuel Lazzari, Mohamed Fares, Kieran Trippier, Alex Grimaldo and Ben Chilwell.

According to newspaper Il Mattino, none of the full-backs at the San Paolo have convinced this season and that is exactly why sporting director Cristiano Guintoli is seeking replacements.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis deemed Albania international Elseid Hysaj unsellable last summer, but has changed his mind after the 25-year-old struggled under new Coach Carlo Ancelotti.

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