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Sunday September 15 2019
Gasperini: 'No Atalanta distractions'

Gian Piero Gasperini is trying to keep Atalanta focused on the trip to Genoa and finding consistency, not getting distracted by the Champions League.

It kicks off at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

This fixture begins a tour de force that the Bergamo boys are simply not accustomed to, as they travel to Dinamo Zagreb for their historic Champions League debut on Wednesday.

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Sunday September 15 2019
Andreazzoli: 'Share Atalanta philosophy'

Aurelio Andreazzoli hopes Genoa can emulate the path set out by Atalanta when they face off today. “I appreciate their philosophy of football.”

It kicks off at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Grifone remarkably go into this game unbeaten after a 3-3 draw at Roma and win over Fiorentina.

“We are eager to prove what we can do,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday September 14 2019
Gasp on Atalanta stay at Inter snub

Gian Piero Gasperini explained why he stayed with Atalanta, Champions League adventure and insists his 2011 sacking was “more Inter’s mistake than mine.”

The Orobici had their best ever season, finishing third in Serie A to qualify for the Champions League and reaching the Coppa Italia Final.

“It’s undeniable that achieving Champions League qualification with a provincial club is even more satisfying. We picked up one more point than Milan and finished on level terms with Inter,” Gasp told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

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Thursday September 12 2019
Serie A Week 3 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 3 are announced as Massimiliano Irrati will officiate the clash between Fiorentina and Juventus.

Irrati [pictured, right] is one of Italy’s most experienced referees and was the VAR for the World Cup Final last year.

Elsewhere, Milan’s trip to Verona will be overseen by Gianluca Manganiello, Maurizio Mariani will take charge of Inter-Udinese and Federico La Penna is the man in the middle for Napoli’s visit of Sampdoria. 

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Wednesday September 11 2019
Gasperini voices Genoa regrets

Gian Piero Gasperini credits his time with Genoa for laying “the foundations” of his Atalanta success and still regrets not playing the Champions League with the Grifone.

The 61-year-old tactician has become an honorary citizen of Bergamo after taking the Orobici to the Champions League for the first time in their history.

“The people of Bergamo moved me, but if I am achieving this success today, I owe a great deal to my years with Genoa. The foundations of my career are there,” Gasp told Secolo XIX newspaper.

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Wednesday September 11 2019
Atalanta fans flock to Champions debut

Atalanta have almost sold out the 3,000 tickets for their Champions League debut away to Dinamo Zagreb next Wednesday.

The Orobici had never been in the competition before and barely featured in the Europa League before a stunning third-place Serie A finish.

They are in a group with Manchester City, Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk.

The opener is on September 18 in Croatia and 2,700 tickets have already been snapped up, leaving only 300 remaining with a week to go.

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Wednesday September 11 2019
Conte all-time top Serie A earner

Antonio Conte is reportedly the highest-paid Coach in Serie A history on €11m per year at Inter, double the salary of second-placed Maurizio Sarri of Juventus.

La Gazzetta dello Sport drew up a list of this season’s top-earning tacticians and found that not only was Conte leading the way for the 2019-20 campaign, but also the history of Italian football.

Conte is believed to pick up €11m per year net to sit on the Inter bench, which is double the €5.5m that Sarri earns at Juventus.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Gasperini made honorary citizen

Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini says being made an honorary citizen of Bergamo is ‘the most beautiful gift I’ve ever received’.

Gasperini was recognised by the council of Bergamo ‘for having led Atalanta to objectives of extraordinary sporting value, which add lustre and visibility to the entire city.’

“We want to live other emotions, perhaps even stronger ones,” the Coach said upon receiving his new title.

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Tuesday September 10 2019
Revealed: Serie A's highest earners

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is Serie A’s runaway highest earner on €31m a season, with Matthijs de Ligt and Romelu Lukaku already second and third.

An investigation by Gazzetta dello Sport discovered Serie A was spending €1.36bn on gross salaries – the most in the League’s history.

That is chiefly down to Ronaldo’s extravagant income of almost €600,000 a week and Juve’s wage bill of €294m – more than double that of nearest challengers Inter (€139m).

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Monday September 9 2019
Juve squad cost €719m

Juventus spent €719m on transfer fees to assemble the squad, but Manchester City are the first club to surpass €1bn.

According to the CIES Football Observatory, the Bianconeri are the fifth biggest spenders in the top five European leagues.

Over the course of purchasing all their players, they paid out €719m in transfer fees.

This puts them above Barcelona, who spent €697m, but behind Manchester United on €751m, Real Madrid €902m and Paris Saint-Germain’s €913m.

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