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Thursday November 19 2020
Albertini: 'Napoli v Milan for the Scudetto'

Demetrio Albertini believes Napoli are slight favourites this weekend against Serie A leaders Milan. ‘Whoever wins will move towards Scudetto contention.’

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 GMT and it is a head-to-head at the top of the Serie A table.

“I’m not sure there are any favourites going into this weekend, but perhaps Napoli have the slight advantage because they are playing at home,” former Milan midfielder Albertini told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Saelemaekers: 'Milan win for Pioli'

Alexis Saelemaekers says Milan want to beat Napoli not just for the table, but also as a gift to coach Stefano Pioli.

They visit the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday evening, but coach Pioli and his assistant manager are both self-isolating at home with COVID-19.

“The coach has done such great work over the last few months and we want to win for him too on Sunday,” Saelemaekers told Milan TV.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Serie B: Reggiana 3-0 defeat over COVID

Salernitana have been awarded a 3-0 win by default after Reggiana failed to turn up for their Serie B Week 6 match due to COVID-19 cases.

The game had been due to take place on October 31, but Reggiana did not make the trip.

The Italian rules allow for a ‘bonus’ of one match that clubs can ask to be postponed due to an accumulation of COVID-19 cases.

However, Reggiana had already used up their bonus and were therefore obliged to send a group of players for this fixture, even if it was the youth team.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Rossi: 'Szoboszlai was close to Milan'

Hungary coach Marco Rossi confirms RB Salzburg talent Dominik Szoboszlai ‘was very close to Milan’ when Ralf Rangnick looked set to take over.

The 20-year-old scored the spectacular play-offs winner that allowed Hungary to qualify for the European Championship and is widely expected to move on in January or at most next summer.

“He has great vision of the game, runs hard, but needs to improve in the defensive transitions and overall in his defending,” Rossi told Radio Punto Nuovo.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Lorenzo il magnifico

After another majestic display against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Richard Hall argues Italy have found its star player in Lorenzo Insigne.

It was a night when the Italians put on another show, it was a night when the mentality and performance levels were at the top level and it was a night for Lorenzo Insigne. Italy strolled past Bosnia-Herzegovina, they finished top of the table and go through to the final four. This night saw majestic displays from many of the team, all of them fighting for one cause. The celebrations at the end saw them dancing whilst video calling Roberto Mancini who is still self-isolating. The team seems to have everything right now, including its star man.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Napoli: Bakayoko back in training

Sky Sport Italia reports Victor Osimhen trained individually but Tiemoue Bakayoko has returned to train with the rest of the Napoli squad.

Good news for the Partenopei coach Gennaro Gattuso, as Bakayoko, who had reportedly developed a fever and sat out training this week, returns to the fold ahead of the match against his former club Milan.

Osimhen, who returned injured from international duty with Nigeria, worked separately and is not expected to make it in time for Sunday’s match.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Kosovo CT fears serious injury for Rrahmani

Kosovo CT Muharrem Sahiti claims Napoli defender Amir Rrahmani suffered a serious injury against Moldova, as he’s ‘not one who gives up easily’.

The Azzurri defender left the pitch after 20 minutes of the 1-0 win in the UEFA Nations League and the extent of his injury is still unknown.

But coach Sahiti fears it could be serious for the 26-year-old and an added concern for the Partenopei, who are currently without Victor Osimhen, David Ospina and Elseid Hysaj.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Roma target Dzeko return against Napoli

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca must cope without forward Edin Dzeko against Parma, but the Giallorossi aim to have the Bosnian back against Napoli.

Il Messaggero reports the Roma striker tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, but with a low viral load and the club believes he will test negative in the next few days.

The Giallorossi seem set to cope without the Bosnia international against the Gialloblu but have targeted a return for the prolific goalscorer against Napoli at the San Paolo on November 29.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Inter in for Maksimovic?

Inter have reportedly set their sights on Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic, who could discuss with other clubs in January.

The Partenopei defender’s five-year contract at the San Paolo expires in June 2021 and the 28-year-old has, according to Tuttosport, been targeted by Antonio Conte’s side.

The newspaper claims the Nerazzurri side have a good relationship with Fali Ramadani and reveals the demand is above what Napoli are prepared to match.

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Thursday November 19 2020
Abbiati: 'Milan and Napoli can win Serie A'

Former Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati said the Rossoneri and Napoli ‘can fight for the Scudetto’ ahead of the big clash on Sunday night.

The 43-year-old, who won three Scudetti, one Coppa Italia and the Champions League during his time with the Rossoneri, believes both Milan and Napoli are title contenders this season.

The League leaders travel to the San Paolo, three points clear of the Partenopei after seven games, but the former shot stopper said the Diavolo must not get carried away if they beat Gennaro Gattuso’s men.

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