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Saturday January 25 2020
Nothing left of Sarri's Napoli

Maurizio Sarri and Napoli together felt like a fairytale, but as they reunite on Sunday, Tommaso Adami fears they’ll never find that chemistry again.

Once upon a time there was Naples, a city whose people were so in love with football that the God of the sport himself decided to descend from the heavens to join their team. He took them to heights they'd never even fathomed and brought the most beautiful trophies the city had ever seen. But one day, sadly, he had to leave.

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Monday January 20 2020
Agent: 'Allegri in no rush to return'

Max Allegri’s agent warned he is in no hurry to choose his next job. "Difficult to make predictions, as so much depends on how some clubs do in the Champions League.”

The former Milan and Juventus coach is taking a Sabbatical after winning five consecutive Serie A titles in Turin.

He was linked to numerous clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Napoli, PSG and Bayern Munich, but remains on the sidelines.

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Monday January 13 2020
Official: Setien new Barcelona coach

Barcelona have officially sacked Ernesto Valverde, so will have new coach Quique Setien on the bench against Napoli in the Champions League.

The Blaugrana have hired former Real Betis boss Setien following a crisis meeting with President Josep Maria Bartomeu.

It is a highly unusual occurrence, seeing as Barcelona haven’t fired a manager mid-season since Louis van Gaal 17 years ago.

The 55-year-old has been at Camp Nou since the summer of 2017 and his contract was due to expire in June.

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Monday January 13 2020
Allegri up for Barcelona job?

Massimiliano Allegri has put himself forward for the Barcelona job, claim Mundo Deportivo, amid speculation Ernesto Valverde will be fired.

There are multiple reports in Spain that Valverde’s future will be decided today in meetings between President Josep Maria Bartomeu, CEO Oscar Grau, transfer chief Eric Abidal, assistants Ramon Planes and Javier Bordas.

Xavi Hernandez had been the first choice, but the club legend currently working in Qatar refused to take over mid-season, leaving the door open for a summer switch.

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Monday December 30 2019
Pjanic: 'Juve settling with Sarri'

Miralem Pjanic concedes Juventus are “getting used to” Maurizio Sarri after five years of Max Allegri, but fans “shouldn’t be too critical.”

The midfielder was in Dubai picking up the career trophy at the Globe Soccer Awards when he spoke to the Corriere dello Sport.

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Monday December 30 2019
The Decade of Juventus

As the decade comes to a close, there is only one club that dominated Serie A. Emmet Gates looks at how Juventus went from flops to eight-in-a-row Scudetto winners.

When looking back over the recent history of calcio, at which teams represented a decade best, you could, reasonably, assign it as follows: the 1980s could be shared between Juventus and Napoli, the 1990s viewed through the prism of Juve and Milan, the ‘00s belonged to Inter, and to a lesser extent the Rossoneri. The 2010s, well, there’s no argument.

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Tuesday December 24 2019
Sarri: 'Didn't believe in me or Allegri'

Maurizio Sarri reveals the encounter with Max Allegri at the start of their management careers. “A friend said to me, if you two are coaches, anyone can be.”

It was in Serie C2 on November 16, 2003, with only 1,400 fans in the stadium.

Sarri’s Sangiovannese hosted Allegri’s Aglianese in a dire 0-0 draw, but 15 years later they would both have Juventus on their CVs.

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Sunday December 22 2019
Sarri can learn from Allegri

Maurizio Sarri has been hesitant to use Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo together, but Emmet Gates thinks he can learn from Max Allegri.

It was interesting to hear former Juventus coach Max Allegri’s comments concerning the obsessive nature with tactics in his native country. Allegri gave an extremely frank interview in which he eschewed the basic ideas of tactics and footballing philosophies. For him, you simply get your best players in their finest physical and mental condition, and put them out on to the field to win. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Thursday December 19 2019
Allegri: 'Technology ruining management'

Max Allegri claims technology is killing the art of football management. “If you mechanise everything, you no longer have thinking players.”

In a candid interview with James Horncastle for ESPN, Allegri revealed how he did not even own a laptop computer and rued coaches’ increasing reliance on electronic data.

“In my ignorance I don’t even have a computer,” said the former Juventus boss.

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Saturday December 7 2019
Bentancur: 'I can be the best, if...'

Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur confesses that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were his idols growing up, and was told he “needs to score more goals,” by Max Allegri and Maurizio Sarri.

The Uruguayan was speaking to DAZN ahead of tonight's showdown with third-placed Lazio and believes that he needs to work on becoming a regular scorer from midfield.

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