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Wednesday October 3 2018
Italy leapfrog England in ranking

Italian clubs won all four of their Champions League games this week and have overtaken England to go second in the UEFA rankings.

Juventus swept Young Boys aside 3-0, Roma beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0, Inter won 2-1 away to PSV Eindhoven and Napoli defeated last season’s Champions League finalists Liverpool 1-0.

Those results, as well as Inter coming back to stun Tottenham Hotspur in the first round, mean that as of tonight Italy have overtaken England in the UEFA ranking.

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Wednesday October 3 2018
Classic Carletto

Rumours of Carlo Ancelotti’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi, as his Napoli delivered a tactical masterclass to beat Liverpool.

If you ever needed proof that pre-season friendlies don’t matter much, then this was it. Liverpool wiped the floor with Napoli this summer with a result that was a springboard to an undefeated start to Premier League and Champions League business. But Carlo Ancelotti did not build his reputation on such meaningless encounters. When it really counted he - and his team - did the business yet again.

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Wednesday October 3 2018
Koulibaly: 'Napoli gain confidence'

Kalidou Koulibaly said Napoli’s Champions League victory over Liverpool will allow them to “look to the future with more confidence.”

The Partenopei are the only side in their group still unbeaten, as after a 0-0 draw away to Red Star Belgrade, Lorenzo Insigne snatched the late winner this evening.

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Wednesday October 3 2018
Napoli player ratings

Lorenzo Insigne's late goal gave Napoli a deserved win over Liverpool, but how did they fare in Football Italia's player ratings?

Words: Ciro Di Brita @Ciruzzo36

David Ospina –  7

Had no saves to make but was called into action to dive down at the feet of Sadio Mane and then came rushing out of his box to expertly clear the ball before Mohamed Salah could get onto it.

Nikola Maksimovic – 7

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Wednesday October 3 2018
Klopp: 'Liverpool deserved defeat'

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool’s defeat to Napoli “is deserved” and “we were just not good enough” at the Stadio San Paolo.

Alisson Becker had to make several saves and Dries Mertens hit the bar just moments before Lorenzo Insigne’s late winner.

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Wednesday October 3 2018
Ancelotti: 'Napoli goal timed well'

Carlo Ancelotti explained his Napoli tactics to neutralise Liverpool and joked Lorenzo Insigne’s late goal “came at the right moment.”

The Partenopei largely dominated the Champions League finalists at the Stadio San Paolo and hit the bar with Dries Mertens moments before Insigne’s winner.

“The team did well throughout the game, we never lost control, were always very focused, above all when defending and allowed Liverpool practically nothing.

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Wednesday October 3 2018
Insigne: 'Win at all costs'

Lorenzo Insigne said Napoli “wanted to win at all costs” against Liverpool and have faith they can shake up the Champions League group.

The forward scored in stoppages at the Stadio San Paolo for a heart-stopping 1-0 win.

“It’s wonderful to win like this, but we had a great performance as a team and wanted the result at all costs,” Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday October 3 2018
CL: Insigne takes Liverpool down

Lorenzo Insigne left it to the last minute, but Napoli thoroughly deserved their Champions League victory over Liverpool.

Follow all the action as it happens from this game and PSV-Inter on the LIVEBLOG.

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Wednesday October 3 2018
Klopp: 'Not sure on Napoli tactics'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp explained his changes and confessed he’s “not 100 per cent sure” about the Napoli tactics either.

It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“Fresh legs and the opportunity to do it,” Klopp told BT Sport when asked why he had started Naby Keita rather than Jordan Henderson.

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Wednesday October 3 2018
Giuntoli explains Napoli tactics

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli explained the surprising and at times confusing Carlo Ancelotti tactics against Liverpool.

It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

Ancelotti had already scrapped Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 formation for a 4-4-2, but with Nikola Maksimovic starting tonight in the Champions League, it could be as a right-back in 4-3-3 or part of a three-man defence.

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