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Wednesday February 26 2020
Sarri: 'Juve favourites? Don't joke'

Maurizio Sarri maintains Jurgen Klopp and Lionel Messi are “making fun” when they claim Juventus are Champions League favourites. “There are financially stronger clubs.”

The Bianconeri visit Olympique Lyonnais this evening in the first leg of the Round of 16.

Their coach spoke to Esporte Interativo and was asked about comments from Barcelona hero Messi and Liverpool manager Klopp suggesting Juve were among the favourites.

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Tuesday February 25 2020
Gattenaccio comes up short

Gennaro Gattuso’s defensive web almost trapped Barcelona, but Giancarlo Rinaldi worries it’ll be remembered as a missed opportunity for Napoli.

In football, there are no prizes for nearly. For about an hour it looked as if Rino Gattuso’s tactical web might have tied up Barcelona and delivered a spectacular triumph. It certainly wound Arturo Vidal up enough to get himself sent off. But, when your efforts to secure a success by any means unravel, you are really left with nothing much to show for all your hard work.

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Tuesday February 25 2020
CL liveblog: Napoli v Barcelona

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from tonight’s Champions League Round of 16 clash, as Napoli welcome Lionel Messi’s Barcelona to the Stadio San Paolo.

The first leg kicks off at 20.00 GMT and is the first ever meeting between these clubs in European competition.

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Tuesday February 25 2020
Mario Rui: 'Napoli sacrifice for team'

Mario Rui assures Napoli will “all sacrifice for each other to help out in defence” against Barcelona, “especially when Lionel Messi runs at us…”

The first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 20.00 GMT.

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Tuesday February 25 2020
Alemao: 'Messi can't compare to Maradona'

Former Napoli midfielder Alemao insists Lionel Messi cannot be compared with Diego Maradona, because at Barcelona “he has a whole team playing for him."

The two clubs meet in the Champions League Round of 16 this evening at 20.00 GMT.

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Tuesday February 25 2020
Maradona: 'Hope Messi has a bad game'

Diego Maradona wants Napoli to “surprise” Barcelona at the San Paolo tonight and hopes Lionel Messi “doesn’t have a big game” in his old home.

The former hero spoke ahead of the big match between the Partenopei and the Blaugrana in the last 16 of the Champions League and he admits that “it won’t be easy” for his beloved former club.

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Monday February 24 2020
Far from unbeatable Barcelona

Both Barcelona and Napoli have changed coach mid-season, as Martin Mork points out this is probably the best time the Partenopei could've played this tie.

After a turbulent start to the season at Napoli, ironically they couldn’t have picked a better moment to face Barcelona for the first time in history. The Blaugrana arrive at the San Paolo after a week of media speculation and controversy in and around the club. Their talisman Lionel Messi has, on top of it all, admitted that Barca aren’t playing well enough to win the Champions League.

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Thursday February 20 2020
Messi: 'Lautaro good for Barcelona'

Lionel Messi praised Inter striker Lautaro Martinez and believes Luis Suarez “could help him settle into Barcelona and La Liga.”

The Argentina international has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Blaugrana, especially after scoring a goal at Camp Nou in the Champions League.

“He’s spectacular, he’s in stunning form. You could always tell he was a great player, but he’s really exploded in the last year,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo.

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Monday December 2 2019
Chiellini: 'Ronaldo robbed of Ballon d'Or'

Giorgio Chiellini claims Juventus teammate Cristiano Ronaldo “was robbed of the Ballon d’Or last year, as Real Madrid wanted to stop him winning.”

The trophy went to Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric in 2018, while this evening the winner was Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo skipped the ceremony for two years running after learning he would not be holding the golden globe aloft.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Menotti: 'Sarri is my heir'

Former Argentina Coach Cesar Luis Menotti said Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri “could be my heir” in promoting the beautiful game. “Football is an art form.”

The man who won the 1978 World Cup turns 81 next month and spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the sport in 2019.

“I am always seeking beauty in football,” said El Flaco. “Sarri at Juve is a big surprise. He could be my heir, I’d be honoured and grateful.

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