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Thursday May 21 2020
Gasp on 'Josip the Grandma' and 'Gomez wasting time'

Gian Piero Gasperini claims hard work transformed Atalanta captain Papu Gomez into a champion and explains how Josip Ilicic went from ‘The Grandma’ to ‘The Professor’ under his regime.

The Argentine attacker Gomez has been influential in Bergamo since his return to Italy from Metalist Kharkiv, but the coach claimed Papu, who has previously claimed matchday feels like a day off under Gasp, always had what it takes to become one of the best.

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Thursday April 23 2020
Gomez hails impressive Atalanta attack

Captain Alejandro Gomez has claimed the options in attack at Atalanta are ‘crazy’ regarding 'the budget in a provincial side’ like the Orobici.

The Orobici captain spoke to the former Italy international Christian Vieri about his two partners in attack, Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata.

“I don’t enjoy anything during the week. Matchday is my day off,” Gomez told Vieri on Instagram Live. “Ilicic complains about everything, but he’s like that, sometimes he’s joking.

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Saturday April 4 2020
'Kulusevski, be more like Ilicic'

Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa says Dejan Kulusevski ‘reminds me of Pavel Nedved’ but also that the Juventus new boy needs to be more like Josip Ilicic.

Kulusevski signed for Juve in January but was loaned back to Parma for the rest of the season, and D’Aversa made it clear the Bianconeri had bagged themselves a gem.

“He’s a winner. And if you tease him, he gives it back: he reacts immediately, but always with education and in a positive way,” he told Tuttosport.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Atalanta target 'new Ilicic'

Atalanta and Inter are allegedly preparing to fight for Lech Poznan’s 18-year-old attacker Filip Marchwinski, dubbed the 'new Josip Ilicic'.

On January 10, the starlet turned 18 and has attracted interest from a host of top clubs through his excellent performances with the Polish side.

He came through the ranks at Lech Poznan and broke through at senior level last season, making his debut in December 2018, one month before turning 17.

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Tuesday March 24 2020
Kulusevski: 'Ilicic the best player I've played with'

Parma midfielder Dejan Kulusevski says Josip Ilicic is the “strongest” player he’s played alongside, and his idol growing up was Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard.

Kulusevski, who is set to join Juventus next season, gave an interview via Instagram with Gli Autogol and answered an array of questions about his life and career.

The Swede was asked how he spends his time in light of the countrywide lockdown in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I read, cook and watch everything related to basketball,” said Kulusevski.

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Sunday March 22 2020
Caputo: 'I pick myself in fantasy football!'

Sassuolo forward Francesco Caputo says he picks himself in fantasy football and talks about his bet with Alessandro Del Piero.

Caputo talked to Sky Sport Italia and discussed an array of topics, starting with being in lockdown due to the on going Coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s not easy to stay at home, above all because I have three children, we have a lot of activities to do,” Caputo told the broadcaster.

“Drinking beer? I try to drink as little as possible, because we can’t train!”

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Wednesday March 18 2020
Cassano: 'If Ilicic was at Juve..."

Antonio Cassano has claimed that “the whole world” would have been talking about Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic if he played at Juventus.

The former Italy international heaped more praise on the Slovenian, who scored four goals in a 4-3 win against Valencia ahead of the forced break due to the Coronavirus.

Those four goals brought his total tally to 21 across all competitions, as the 32-year-old has impressed yet again in his third season with the Orobici.

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Sunday March 15 2020
De Roon: 'Gasp changed La Dea mentality'

Atalanta midfielder Marten De Roon says coach Gian Piero Gasperini “makes you work so hard” but that he has “changed the mentality” of the club.

Atalanta made history last week by qualifying for the quarter final of the Champions League, trouncing Valencia 8-4 on aggregate.

As it stands, La Dea are also on course to qualify for next season’s competition also, as they are in fourth position in Serie A.

De Roon was talking to website Cronachedispogliatoio.It about working under Gasperini.

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Saturday March 14 2020
Serie A raises money for coronavirus fight

Players are donating money to hospitals and raising funds to help Italy get through the Coronavirus pandemic, including Leonardo Bonucci, Josip Ilicic and Lorenzo Insigne.

Serie A, B and C have been put into lockdown and the death toll in the country now stands at 1,441 with another 1,518 in intensive care and 17,750 currently suffering from the respiratory disease.

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Friday March 13 2020
Opta's best XI Serie A 2019-20

Six teams are represented in Opta’s best XI in Serie A 2019-20, with Milan left-back Theo Hernandez and Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz the only two outside the teams among the top four.

Juventus are the most represented club through their four players in the 4-2-3-1 formation based on Opta’s statistics during the first 26 rounds of Serie A 2019-20.

Cristiano Ronaldo is unsurprisingly on the side after his 21 goals in 22 games this term and Wojciech Szczesny is between the sticks in the top 11 this term.

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