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Tuesday August 20 2019
Make the right move, Maurito

Napoli are tailor-made for a clinical finisher like Mauro Icardi and all roads lead to the San Paolo, but Giancarlo Rinaldi fears he’ll waste this too.

As a failed former striker of mediocre repute, there are few things I find more frustrating than watching talent go to waste. Most of us - spectators, supporters or scribes - have harboured some dreams of swapping places with the stars who set foot on the fields of Serie A, La Liga or the Premiership. To watch gifts like those given to Mauro Icardi being apparently frittered away has the horrible feeling of seeing your best bottle of Barolo going glug-glug-glugging down the drain.

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Saturday August 17 2019
Sarri can free Douglas Costa

Maurizio Sarri’s arrival can finally free Douglas Costa to show just what he can do at Juventus, argues Kaustubh Pandey.

Douglas Costa is an enigma. You never really know what to expect of the Brazilian on the pitch and more recently, he’s unpredictable off the pitch too.

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Sunday August 11 2019
Ancelotti dismisses Barca defeat

Carlo Ancelotti wrote off a 4-0 defeat to Barcelona with ‘two offside goals’ as he has received ‘excellent signals’ from his Napoli players this preseason.

Napoli fell to a 4-0 loss in their second American friendly against Barca on Saturday evening, but Ancelotti dismissed the result, preferring to assess his side’s preparations for the 2019-20 campaign as a whole.

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Saturday August 10 2019
Mertens: 'Napoli must take another step'

Dries Mertens warned Napoli “need to keep buying players” in order to end their trophy drought, while Romelu Lukaku “really wanted” the Inter transfer.

The Belgian spoke to ESPN during Napoli’s pre-season tour of the US, which sees them take on Barcelona tonight.

“I came here six years ago and a lot of transfers have gone through, a lot of good players come every year. It’s very important for a club like Napoli to know where we’re coming from and where we’re going,” said Mertens.

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Saturday August 10 2019
Manolas: 'Scudetto down to the wire'

Napoli defender Kostas Manolas praised 'unique' Coach Carlo Ancelotti and claimed the Scudetto race “will be decided on the final day.”

The former Roma centre-back made the move to the Stadio San Paolo this summer to form a new pairing with Kalidou Koulibaly.

“Many teams are reinforcing, not just the top ones, but also the smaller clubs like Cagliari or Genoa,” Manolas told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday August 10 2019
Ancelotti: 'Napoli character with Barca'

Carlo Ancelotti wants Napoli to show “character and take the initiative” in their second friendly against Barcelona tonight.

The first leg of the La Liga-Serie A Cup ended 2-1 to Barca in Miami, while the decider kicks off in Ann Arbor at 21.00 UK time.

“The main thing I’d like to see is confirming all the good elements we saw in Miami, for example the attitude, character and taking the initiative,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Thursday August 8 2019
Ancelotti: Too much James talk!

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has called for calm after complaining ‘there’s too much James Rodriguez talk and I don’t know anything about Hirving Lozano.’

Napoli lost 2-1 to Barcelona last night – their first defeat in preseason – but Ancelotti was encouraged by how his side matched the Spanish champions for large parts.

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Tuesday August 6 2019
Ancelotti: Small Napoli advantage

Carlo Ancelotti believes Napoli have a ‘small advantage’ on their Serie A rivals after a summer of minimal changes.

Napoli have kept their best players this summer, while adding Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kostas Manolas and Eljif Elmas to their squad.

That comes in contrast to Inter, Juventus, Roma and Milan all changing Coach and making extensive alterations in terms of personnel.

“I’m calm and I will be until September 2,” Ancelotti told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Sunday August 4 2019
Advantage Napoli

With opening Serie A fixtures against Fiorentina and Juventus, Massimo Nuzzo explains why the tough start to the season is an advantage for Napoli.

The reveal of the 2019-20 Serie A fixture list on July 29 brought us a step closer to what promises to be another exciting season of Calcio. Just within the first five matchdays, fans will be treated to the Derby della Capitale and Derby della Madonnina, as well as key fixtures and rivalries such as Inter-Lazio, Fiorentina-Juve, Fiorentina-Napoli and Juventus-Napoli.

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Monday July 29 2019
Ancelotti: Insigne, Callejon, Tierney...

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti declares Lorenzo Insigne is ‘back’, Jose Callejon is an option for central midfield and ‘we’re not interested’ in Kieran Tierney.

Insigne scored and assisted twice during Napoli’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday, with Callejon playing as one half of a midfield double pivot.

“Icardi’s an Inter player. Now I’m thinking about Milik who scored or Mertens who had a super match,” Ancelotti said after the game.

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