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Wednesday August 5 2020
Mixed form for Serie A's Spanish opponents

Barcelona are in turmoil going into the Napoli clash, while Sevilla are fired up for Roma and Getafe will be tough Inter contenders, writes Football Espana's Alan Feehely.

“This game represents the entire year,” a visibly angry Lionel Messi told LaLigaTV after losing to Osasuna last month. “We have been an erratic and weak team. I said some time ago that playing like this we had no chance of winning the Champions League, and it turns out we didn’t even have enough to win La Liga. We need to take a breather, let some air in, and clean our minds of all that has happened since December. Playing like this we will lose against Napoli; we have to start from zero in the Champions League.”

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Tuesday August 4 2020
Report: Al Sadd pull out of battle for Silva

Al Sadd have reportedly pulled out of the chase for Manchester City midfielder David Silva, leaving Lazio with one less rival for the former Spain international’s signature.

Tuttomercatoweb claims the side from Qatar Stars League are not following up their reported interest in the 34-year-old.

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Monday August 3 2020
Roma confirm Europa League squad

Roma have announced their squad for the remainder of the Europa League season and Chris Smalling and Javier Pastore are officially out.

The list has been completed and announced ahead of the upcoming match against Sevilla in the last 16 on Thursday.

Bruno Peres, Roger Ibanez and Nicolo Zaniolo have replaced Smalling, Mert Cetin and Pastore in the list of players registered for the remainder of the competition.

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Monday August 3 2020
Reborn Roma have Sevilla in their sights

Roma have been transformed by a shift in tactics and can unleash those weapons on the Sevilla weak spots, explains Wayne Girard.

As June turned into July, Paulo Fonseca returned to the drawing board following a downturn in his side’s play. Milan, Napoli, and Udinese took nine points away from Roma, forcing the boss to re-examine his tactics and player choices. 

While his strategy of total football would undoubtedly remain, there were whispers within the press that the coach was trying out a 3-4-2-1 formation. Yet unforeseen in the first three quarters of the season, it was immediately met with positivity, highlighting certain players’ attributes.

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Sunday August 2 2020
Report: Roma give up on Smalling

According to the latest reports, Chris Smalling has played his last game for Roma, as negotiations with Manchester United definitively broke down.

There was already only a slender hope of getting the deal done, but yesterday’s final push to boost their offer failed again.

Manchester United want over €20m for the centre-back who turns 31 in November, after Roma paid €3m for the one-season loan.

Sky Sport Italia now state this morning an increased offer was also rejected.

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Saturday August 1 2020
Sevilla squad for Roma includes COVID case

Sevilla named their squad for the Europa League tie against Roma, including Nemanja Gudelj, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

The teams will face off on neutral turf in Germany for the Round of 16 on August 6.

It is curious to see that Gudelj is in the squad list, despite confirming this week that he had contracted the coronavirus.

The 28-year-old Serbia international announced he was the player who had tested positive.

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Friday July 31 2020
Fonseca: 'Calafiori and Fuzato debuts'

Paulo Fonseca confirms Roma will give Serie A debuts to Riccardo Calafiori and Daniel Fuzato in the trip to Juventus, while discussing his options against Sevilla.

It kicks off on Saturday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“I can confirm that Calafiori and Fuzato will play tomorrow, as it’s a good opportunity to see them on the field,” said the coach in his press conference.

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Thursday July 30 2020
Sevilla return to training

The rest of the Sevilla squad have tested negative and return to individual training one day after the Andalusians confirmed a first-team member had contracted COVID-19.

Roma’s Europa League opponents communicated a positive test yesterday and later it was revealed that the infected player was Serbian midfielder Nemanja Gudelj.

Gudelj’s swab tests came back positive and the midfielder will remain in isolation whilst the team return to train individually.

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Wednesday July 29 2020
Fonseca: 'I prefer other Roma system'

Paulo Fonseca admits he ‘prefers the other tactical system,’ but adapted to his Roma players and turns his focus to the Europa League after securing fifth place.

This evening’s comeback to beat Torino 3-2 was enough to guarantee automatic entry into the Europa League group phase for 2020-21.

“The team feels much more confident and secure, we created numerous chances to add more goals this evening,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday July 29 2020
Sevilla first team member positive for COVID-19

Roma’s Europa League opponents Sevilla have confirmed that a member of the first team has tested positive for COVID-19.

The La Liga club have announced that a member of their first team has been isolated and the team have ‘temporarily suspended training’ after a positive coronavirus test.

The news comes eight days ahead of the round of 16 clash with Roma, a match that was postponed due to the travel restrictions during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

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