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Tuesday March 16 2021
Official: Rastelli appointed new SPAL coach

SPAL have officially appointed Massimo Rastelli as the club’s new head coach to replace sacked Pasquale Marino.

The Biancazzurri’s 3-0 defeat to Pisa left them with a risk of losing out on the play-off to Serie A and Marino lost his job as a consequence of the poor run of results.

The club has confirmed former Cagliari coach Rastelli succeeds Marino and will lead the Serie B side for the remaining three months of the campaign, with an automatic renewal in the event of promotion to the top flight.

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Tuesday February 23 2021
Semplici: 'Cagliari work is psychological'

Leonardo Semplici insists he won’t change many of Eusebio Di Francesco’s tactics at Cagliari, but ‘my job will be above all working on the mentality of the players.’

The former SPAL coach was drafted in on Monday after Di Francesco was fired, having failed to pick up a single Serie A victory since November 7.

“I found a team that is struggling in terms of morale after so many games without results, which saw their fortunes turn down rather than up,” said the coach in his press conference.

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Monday February 22 2021
Official: Semplici new Cagliari coach

Cagliari have officially announced the appointment of Leonardo Semplici as their new head coach.

The Rossoblu sacked Eusebio Di Francesco today and only hours after Semplici had terminated his contractual ties to Serie B side SPAL, he has been announced as the new coach of the Sardinian side.

He arrives at Cagliari with the side at 18th in Serie A and five points away from safety.

“Cagliari Calcio announce that they have entrusted the technical leadership of the first team to Leonardo Semplici,” the club wrote.

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Monday February 22 2021
SPAL free Semplici from contract

SPAL have confirmed the club has terminated the contractual ties with Leonardo Semplici, who seems set to join Cagliari.

The Rossoblu announced the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco today, as the Casteddu are currently five points away from safety in Serie A and sit 18th in the table with 15 points from 23 games under the former Roma and Sassuolo coach.

Semplici has already arrived in Sardinia and seems set to be appointed new head coach at the Sardegna Arena.

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Saturday February 20 2021
Semplici 'ready' if Cagliari call

Leonardo Semplici has boosted rumours he’ll replace under-fire Cagliari coach Eusebio Di Francesco. ‘I’m ready if a call arrives.’

The former SPAL coach is currently out of work and therefore available to step in at the Sardegna Arena.

“I am really eager to get back on the bench and I’m ready if a call arrives,” Semplici told Radio CRC.

Cagliari aren’t the only club linked with Semplici, as Crotone have also considered him as an option to replace Giovanni Stroppa.

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Saturday January 30 2021
Sassuolo recall Scamacca and Brignola

Sassuolo have hit upon an intriguing way of beating the credit crunch, recalling Gianluca Scamacca and Enrico Brignola from loans.

Every club is struggling financially after the pandemic cut revenue, particularly by forcing every game to be played behind closed doors.

Loans are becoming increasingly commonplace, or loans with options to buy in order to stretch payment out over several seasons.

However, Sassuolo have taken a different approach and seem to be recalling their players from loan spells instead.

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Saturday January 30 2021
McKennie targeted by burglars

It’s reported that thieves broke into Weston McKennie’s house and stole items while he was playing for Juventus in the Coppa Italia against SPAL.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening during the 4-0 victory at the Allianz Juventus Stadium in Turin.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the robbers planned it to coincide with the quarter-final, knowing McKennie would not be at home.

It’s reported they got away with boots, designer clothing and other valuable items.

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Wednesday January 27 2021
Pirlo: 'More clubs should have U23 team'

Andrea Pirlo saw the right Juventus attitude against SPAL, is ‘happy’ to face Inter in the Coppa Italia semi-final and praises the resources of an Under-23 team.

The Bianconeri made short work of Serie B side SPAL, with goals from Alvaro Morata, Gianluca Frabotta, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa.

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Wednesday January 27 2021
Chiesa and Juve 'care about Coppa'

Federico Chiesa insists Juventus ‘really care about the Coppa Italia and want to go all the way in every competition’ after setting up a semi-final with Inter.

The Bianconeri brushed SPAL aside 4-0 this evening in Turin, with goals from Alvaro Morata, Gianluca Frabotta, Dejan Kulusevski and Chiesa.

“We really care about the Coppa Italia and want to go all the way in every competition,” Chiesa told RAI Sport.

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Wednesday January 27 2021
Marino rues SPAL errors

SPAL coach Pasquale Marino rues the third Juventus goal, as ‘it came during our best period of the game.’

The quarter-final was never really in doubt, as the Bianconeri were 2-0 up by half-time and added another two after the break.

“It’s a pity that we made a big mistake and conceded the third goal during our best period of the game,” Marino told RAI Sport after the 4-0 defeat.

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