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Tuesday September 18 2018
Ancelotti: 'Not negative for Napoli'

Carlo Ancelotti concedes Napoli were “too slow” in every area of their draw with Crvena Zvezda, but “there’s no need to be too negative.”

The Partenopei had the best chances at the Marakana, Lorenzo Insigne hitting the crossbar and Mario Rui scraping it with a free kick, but Dries Mertens missed a sitter and Jose Callejon was denied by a goal-line clearance.

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Sunday September 16 2018
Ancelotti leaves Sarri behind

Carlo Ancelotti continued the process of pushing Napoli beyond the Maurizio Sarri era, but Matthew Santangelo saw a struggle with Fiorentina.

After three years at the helm, Maurizio Sarri had moulded Napoli in his image and any replacement was going to find it tough to follow that. Carlo Ancelotti was chosen for his experience, prestige and ability to mutate an existing unit into something new.

The 3-0 defeat to Sampdoria was a disaster, as the Coach was punished for trying to change too much, too quickly. Undeterred, he continued his renovation of the Partenopei by bringing in Nikola Maksimovic and scrapping the 4-3-3 for an unexpected 4-4-2 formation.

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Saturday September 15 2018
Ancelotti: 'Napoli went 4-4-2'

Carlo Ancelotti explained his tactical changes as Napoli went to almost 4-4-2 in order to beat Fiorentina. “We weren’t ‘ill’ – at most we had a slight cold…”

Lorenzo Insigne scored the late winner, a much-needed boost after their 3-0 defeat to Sampdoria a fortnight ago.

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Thursday September 13 2018
Napoli evolution, not revolution

Napoli do not need a revolution, but rather a gradual evolution, as Carlo Ancelotti cannot afford any further experiments, writes Vilizar Yakimov.

One - this is the number of Serie A games Jose Maria Callejon missed during Maurizio Sarri’s three years at Napoli. The Spaniard’s importance to Sarri’s gameplay has never been doubted, but the fact the only game that the 31-year-old missed was due to suspensioneven furtherhighlights how highly the ex-Partenopei Coach thought of the winger.

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Monday September 10 2018
Mertens avoids freak injury

Napoli forward Dries Mertens has avoided a freak shoulder injury – from taking a free kick.

Calciomercato.com reports Mertens dislocated his shoulder as he went up for the set-piece during Belgium’s 4-0 victory over Scotland last week.

“It’s never happened to me before! My shoulder dislocated when I went to take a free kick,” he told his country’s Press.

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Saturday September 8 2018
Mirallas: 'Pay cut for Fiorentina'

Kevin Mirallas “gave up on a lot of money to join Fiorentina” after Everton scuppered a move two years earlier. “I’ll rediscover the joy of playing football in Serie A.”

The Belgium international arrived from Everton in August, on loan with option to buy for a total of €7.5m.

“(Director of sport Pantaleo) Corvino had already tried to bring me to Florence two years ago, but at the time Everton asked for crazy money and quite rightly Fiorentina left it,” Mirallas told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Thursday September 6 2018
Mertens: 'I talked to Ancelotti'

Dries Mertens assures Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he will “play more regularly” for Napoli as the season wears on.

Since taking over from Maurizio Sarri, Ancelotti has largely dropped Mertens to the bench, preferring Arkadiusz Milik as a more traditional centre-forward.

“It’s quite simple. I came back late from the World Cup, I spoke to the Coach and he intends to play me more regularly in future,” Mertens told reporters while on international duty with Belgium.

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Sunday August 26 2018
Comeback or crumble?

Do Napoli deserve more credit for fighting back or Milan largely take the blame for fumbling a 2-0 lead? Richard Hall on a dramatic Stadio San Paolo clash.

It was a comeback of epic proportions, but the way it came may leave Milan asking themselves questions. Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli came from behind against Lazio in Week 1 and did the same against the Rossoneri, showing quality and character in doing so.

Gennaro Gattuso’s men had started brightly, but were undone by their insistence to follow a plan that had stopped working. The defeat leaves the away side asking many questions, whilst the Neapolitans are finding their feet under their new boss, albeit in dramatic fashion.

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Saturday August 25 2018
Ancelotti: 'An emotional night'

Carlo Ancelotti confessed to a “special” relationship with Gennaro Gattuso and explained tactical changes as Napoli beat Milan 3-2.

It was his first match against beloved Milan in 17 years and he was taking on former player Gattuso, but the Master came out on top with a 3-2 victory after trailing 2-0.

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Saturday August 25 2018
Zielinski: 'Napoli turn anything around'

Piotr Zielinski said Napoli going from 2-0 down to beat Milan 3-2 “showed we are a great team who can turn any situation around.”

The Poland international bagged a brace to get them back on level terms, then Dries Mertens came off the bench to snatch the winner.

“We didn’t have a very strong start and created very little, allowing Milan too much of the initiative,” confessed Zielinski to Sky Sport Italia.

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