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Thursday June 18 2020
Alex Sandro and Khedira injury updates

Juventus have injury problems after the Coppa Italia Final, as Alex Sandro tore a medial collateral knee ligament and Sami Khedira has a potentially serious tendon issue.

The Bianconeri returned to Turin after last night’s defeat to Napoli in Rome and are now preparing for the first Serie A game back against Bologna on Monday.

“Diagnostic tests carried out at J-Medical this afternoon showed for Alex Sandro, a first degree lesion of the medial collateral ligament. Physiotherapy began immediately.

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Thursday June 18 2020
COVID-19: Slight uptick in numbers

There was a slight uptick in the number of deaths (66) and new positive COVID-19 tests (331) in Italy, again around half of them localised in Lombardy.

The pandemic curve remains relatively stable, with an additional 66 deaths related to coronavirus, an increase from yesterday’s 43, taking the total death toll to 34,514.

A further 331 new positive tests were registered in the country out of 58,154 swabs.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Report: Napoli get Lille defender Gabriel

Napoli have reached a ‘total agreement’ with Lille for defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to French reports, worth €22m plus bonuses.

The centre-back is also targeted by Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton and Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, but the Partenopei appear to be in pole position.

French site Footmercato maintain the two clubs have agreed terms on the transfer for €22m cash plus performance-related add-ons.

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Thursday June 18 2020
WHO medic 'hurt' by Napoli celebrations

The Italian representative of the World Health Organisation was horrified at the ‘doomed’ street celebrations that followed Napoli’s Coppa Italia victory.

The fans flocked to the streets to party after their team beat Juventus on penalties in a game played behind closed doors in Rome.

They continued for hours, waiting for the squad to arrive at the train station at 2am.

“The parties in the square are wretched, doomed to create huge problems,” Professor Ranieri-Guerra told television programme Agorà.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Del Piero: 'Slap in the face for Juve'

Alessandro Del Piero concedes losing the Coppa Italia Final to Napoli is ‘a strong slap in the face’ for Juventus. ‘We’ve seen there are problems.’

The Bianconeri had already lost the Supercoppa Italiana against Lazio in December and were beaten on penalties last night following a second consecutive goalless draw.

“On an emotional level, I think this was a strong slap in the face,” Juve legend Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Setien: 'Napoli difficult opponents for Barca'

Barcelona coach Quique Setien was impressed by Napoli’s Coppa Italia victory against Juventus. ‘They are strong opponents and it won’t be easy for us.’

The first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo, but the return was postponed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Thursday June 18 2020
ADL: 'Gattuso helped me forget about the fines'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis claims the incident during the first half of the campaign is ‘just a bad memory’ after the Coppa Italia success.

The season started turbulent for the Partenopei, who struggled to pick up the required points to fight for a place among the top four in Serie A.

A retreat-non-retreat episode under Carlo Ancelotti split the San Paolo and the patron decided to hand out fines to the players who protested his decisions.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Galliani: 'I celebrated almost like in 2003'

Former Milan CEO Adriano Galliani applauded Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso after the Coppa Italia triumph: “I celebrated almost like in Manchester.”

The Monza director was happy to have seen his former player pick up his first trophy in Italian football after Napoli beat Juventus on penalties to lift the Coppa Italia last night.

“Congratulations to Gattuso,” Galliani told Radio Kiss Kiss. “I’m happy for him.

“Last night, during the penalty shootout, I celebrated almost like I did in Manchester.”

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Thursday June 18 2020
Nandez agrees with Cagliari

Cagliari are reportedly close to announcing a new deal for Nahitan Nandez, after having agreed to keep a €36m release clause in the contract.

The Uruguayan midfielder confirmed earlier this year that he would extend with the Rossoblu, who were trying to remove the release clause in his deal.

Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed the two parties have now reached an agreement on his personal terms and the new deal will still carry a release clause.

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Thursday June 18 2020
Toni: 'Ronaldo can't even dribble'

Former Italy forward Luca Toni was disappointed with Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against Napoli: “He can’t even dribble.”

The former Capocannoniere watched as Ronaldo lost back-to-back Finals for the first time in his career and claimed he was part of the problem for Maurizio Sarri’s men in Rome.

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