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Saturday February 22 2020
Gattuso grinds Napoli down

The comeback victory in Brescia showed Gennaro Gattuso and Napoli are finding the ability to grind out results, writes Vijay Rahaman.

Napoli had the possession, most of the play and created the chances, but it took a moment of brilliance to conquer Brescia on Friday night.

In the post-match press conference Partenopei manager Gennaro Gattuso mentioned his side had "sterile possession" in the first half. Well whatever the former midfielder said to his players at the interval, certainly turned that into an end product and a vital victory at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti.

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Friday February 21 2020
Gattuso: 'We had sterile possession'

Napoli coach Rino Gattuso says his side had "sterile possession" against Brescia which made him "angry".

The Partenopei came from a goal down away to the Rondinelle to seal a 2-1 win.

Gattuso spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the game, and says the first half performance wasn’t up to standard.

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Friday February 21 2020
Mirabelli: 'Great players don't make great directors'

Former Milan director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli has criticised Paolo Maldini, saying “those who have played at the highest levels are not necessarily capable of being directors.”

Mirabelli was director of sport at the Rossoneri for just over a year, but was ousted in the summer of 2018 as Li Yonghong lost control of the club due to defaulting on a €300m loan from Elliott Management.

Mirabelli spoke to Calciotoday.it about the current iteration of the club, and had some stern words for Rossoneri legend Paolo Maldini.

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Thursday February 20 2020
Gattuso: 'Napoli focus only on Brescia'

Gennaro Gattuso wanted to focus on the task in hand against Brescia on Friday and has claimed Napoli will “think about Barcelona on Saturday”.

The Champions League has returned and there’s already talk about the match against Barcelona in the last 16, but the coach wants to remain concentrated on a “bitter” opponent in Lombardy.

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Wednesday February 19 2020
Barcelona a unique chance for Napoli

Napoli are mid-table in Serie A but have a special night ahead against Barcelona. Martin Mork argues it might be their last for a while – but the start of something special…

When Barcelona arrive at the San Paolo for their first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League, it will represent Napoli’s first ever competitive match against the Blaugrana. And with nothing to lose against the reigning Spanish champions, Gennaro Gattuso will get the opportunity to take the focus away from a difficult campaign in Serie A.

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Tuesday February 18 2020
Agent: 'Ancelotti destroyed Hysaj'

Agent Mario Giuffredi has claimed Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj lost his confidence under former coach Carlo Ancelotti. “He destroyed his self-esteem”.

The Albania international struggled to establish himself in the starting line-up under the 60-year-old but has revived under his successor Gennaro Gattuso and featured nine times since Ancelotti left Naples.

Ancelotti left his position as head coach of the Partenopei in December last year and has since taken charge of Everton in the Premier League.

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Monday February 17 2020
Ancelotti: 'Napoli better without me'

Carlo Ancelotti has claimed Napoli “are better” without him at the wheel but said he will still put his future holidays in Naples.

The Partenopei got off on the wrong foot this term and are currently working to get back on track under Gennaro Gattuso.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has transformed Everton into a candidate for the Europa League next season, but he is still adamant that they were right about parting ways at the San Paolo.

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Sunday February 16 2020
Gattuso: 'Players need to be professional'

Napoli boss Rino Gattuso believes his players “need to be professional” and that he has no problems with Allan, despite dropping him for today's game.

The Partenopei emerged with a 1-0 win against Cagliari that sees them leapfrop the Sardinians in the table, but Gattuso believes that the real Napoli hasn’t returned.

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Sunday February 16 2020
Zielinski: 'No Allan message at Napoli'

Piotr Zielinski tried to defend Napoli teammate Allan and insisted he was not dropped to “send a message.”

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“We need to be clear on what we’re doing and hopefully this evening we can do everything the coach asks, so we can win the game,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday February 15 2020
Gattuso: 'Allan dropped, I made mistakes'

Gennaro Gattuso confessed to mistakes he has made with Napoli, dropped Allan for “walking around during training” and made a pledge to Mexico for Hirving Lozano ahead of the trip to Cagliari.

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The coach began his press conference with a surprise announcement on the squad travelling to Sardinia.

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