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Thursday November 26 2020
Mertens: 'Tough to pull that jersey on'

Dries Mertens concedes it was ‘tough to pull that shirt on’ when Napoli paid tribute to Diego Armando Maradona tonight.

As his funeral was taking place in Buenos Aires, the squad walked out for the Europa League game against Rijeka all wearing the Maradona 10 jersey.

Outside, thousands of fans had gathered to lay flowers and sing El Pibe de Oro’s name at the gates of what will now be called the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

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Monday November 23 2020
Bennacer: 'Milan suffered for the win'

Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer revealed the Rossoneri 'suffered' in the 3-1 win over Napoli on Sunday. ‘It’s a great team win. We did well’.

Just as Napoli were back in the game through a goal by Dries Mertens, former Rossonero Tiemoue Bakayoko saw red and the Partenopei had to finish an eventful evening with 10 men.

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Wednesday November 18 2020
Napoli torn between systems with Milan

Gennaro Gattuso must decide whether to revert back to 4-3-3 tactics against Milan due to a growing list of absentees.

The Partenopei have recently moved to a 4-2-3-1 formation in order to accommodate striker Victor Osimhen, supported by a trio of more creative figures.

However, as Osimhen is out after dislocating his shoulder during international duty with Nigeria, the only alternatives in that role are Dries Mertens and Andrea Petagna.

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Tuesday November 17 2020
How will Napoli replace Osimhen?

While there are suggestions Victor Osimhen could be out for anything from weeks to months, Napoli consider how to approach Milan in his absence.

The striker dislocated his shoulder while on international duty and the Nigerian federation said he will be out for “several weeks.”

However, Napoli sources are more cautious and want to get him tested at the Villa Stuart sports clinic in Rome before judging the extent of the injury.

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Monday November 16 2020
Mertens: ‘Martinez predicted goal against England’

Dries Mertens has revealed Belgium boss Roberto Martinez had predicted his goal against England: ‘That’s why I hugged him.’

Mertens has only scored twice in nine appearances in all competitions with Napoli but netted a free-kick goal against England in a Nations League clash on Sunday.

"During the previous international break I was stuck in Naples for the Coronavirus crisis, and I was very disappointed,” Mertens told reporters in Belgium, according to TuttoNapoli.

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Friday November 13 2020
Mertens: 'A special match for me'

Belgium forward Dries Mertens looks forward to playing in his hometown against England. ‘It will be special for me, Leuven is and will always be my city’.

The Red Devils are two points clear of the Three Lions ahead of Sunday’s match in Leuven and Mertens revealed it will be a special game for him.

“It’s nice to be at my home in Leuven,” he said, according to SportItalia journalist Alfredo Pedulla. “I’m sorry that there’s no audience.

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Wednesday November 4 2020
Gattuso: ‘Mertens not the usual sniper’

Gennaro Gattuso has explained Dries Mertens’ goal drought and has said he doesn’t listen to those who say Napoli can win the Scudetto.

The Italian coach spoke to Sky Sport prior to the Azzurri’s Europa League clash against Rijeka.

“We must not think about what they say outside Castel Volturno, we need to think about improving," Gattuso said.

"We don't allow many goal chances, it must burn us to lose games like those against AZ or Sassuolo.

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Saturday October 31 2020
Iachini: 'Callejon striker against Roma'

Fiorentina coach Beppe Iachini suggests using Franck Ribery and Jose Callejon together upfront against Roma. ‘If Dries Mertens can make such an impact moving from winger to centre-forward…’

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“I am evaluating different solutions for the attack, including a ‘lighter’ front pairing of Franck Ribery and Jose Callejon,” confirmed the coach in his press conference.

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Wednesday October 21 2020
Mertens: 'Napoli changed me'

Dries Mertens praises record Napoli signing Victor Osimhen, enjoys his new tactical role and assures ‘Italy and Napoli changed me.’

The Belgium international will face AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League tomorrow, having previously scored five goals against them, including a hat-trick for FC Utrecht in 2011.

“I was a kid then and I am no longer the same person who scored a hat-trick for Utrecht against PSV. Italy and Napoli changed me,” Mertens told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday October 21 2020
Mertens: 'Work in progress at Napoli'

Dries Mertens is not sure Napoli are a stronger side compared to last season and reveals how Victor Osimhen can help the Azzurri.

“We have plenty of motivations,” the Belgian said in a press conference on the eve of Napoli's Europa League clash against Az Alkmaar.

“It is not easy when you change system, there are also difficult moments, we are still working.

“AZ are a strong team with very strong young players and a great future, if you are not smart you can also lose and concede many goals.”

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