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Thursday October 22 2020
Giuntoli: 'Keeping Koulibaly not difficult'

Cristiano Giuntoli confirms Napoli want to go all the way in the Europa League, are discussing a new Gennaro Gattuso contract and keeping Kalidou Koulibaly was ‘tougher in previous years.’

The Europa League group phase opener with AZ Alkmaar kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

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Thursday October 22 2020
Hysaj: 'Relishing this moment'

Elseid Hysaj warns the opening game with AZ Alkmaar ‘is the most important’ for Napoli’s Europa League campaign. ‘I always said this is my home.’

It kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

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Thursday October 22 2020
Line-ups: Napoli v AZ Alkmaar

Napoli again use Victor Osimhen, Dries Mertens and Hirving Lozano together in a full-strength side against AZ Alkmaar, who are decimated by COVID-19.

The Europa League group phase opener kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT).

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game, Young Boys-Roma and Celtic-Milan on the LIVEBLOG.

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Thursday October 22 2020
Gattuso tells his players to avoid eating out

Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso has reportedly advised his players to not go out for dinner and not let fans come too close when they are in public.

Il Mattino reports the Partenopei coach fears losing players to coronavirus, having to cope without Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas already.

AZ Alkmaar arrive at the San Paolo after having announced a total of 13 cases and the newspaper reveals Gattuso wants his players to be cautious when they are not with the team.

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Thursday October 22 2020
Serie A Week 5 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 5 have been announced and the AIA has given Milan-Roma to Piero Giacomelli, as Fabrizio Pasqua oversees Juventus-Verona.

The 42-year-old referee from Trieste, Giacomelli, has been given the big match on Monday night, when the Giallorossi travels to Milan.

It’s Giacomelli’s second appointment in Serie A 2020-21, after having been in charge of Fiorentina-Sampdoria on October 2.

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Thursday October 22 2020
De La urges UEFA to postpone national games

Napoli patron Aurelio De Laurentiis wants UEFA to postpone the national games in November and is reportedly backed by other Serie A Presidents.

Il Mattino reports the Partenopei President is concerned about the next international break in November, as borders are closing due to coronavirus.

Napoli are without Eljif Elmas and Piotr Zielinski since the last international break and De Laurentiis is prepared to ask UEFA to push the national games in November to avoid further setbacks.

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Thursday October 22 2020
Probable line-ups: Napoli-AZ

Napoli will have Lorenzo Insigne back on the bench, as Stanislav Lobotka seems set to replace Tiemoue Bakayoko in the centre against AZ Alkmaar.

The match kicks off at 17.55 UK time.

Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso is still without Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, who tested positive for coronavirus, but the visitors are hit even harder by the disease before travelling to the San Paolo.

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Wednesday October 21 2020
Gasperini: 'Atalanta had to start strong'

Gian Piero Gasperini is confident the real Atalanta was seen in a 4-0 Champions League win at Midtjylland, not defeat to Napoli.

La Dea looked a different team to the side that was beaten 4-1 at the Stadio San Paolo in Serie A on Saturday.

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Wednesday October 21 2020
Slot: 'AZ can't complain against Napoli'

AZ Alkmaar coach Arne Slot insists he ‘can’t complain’ after travelling to Napoli for the Europa League clash without 13 players who have COVID-19.

It kicks off on Thursday at the Stadio San Paolo at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT).

“These have been difficult days, but we did everything possible to ensure we could come here and fortunately those who are positive are asymptomatic,” said Slot in his press conference.

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Wednesday October 21 2020
Mertens: 'Napoli changed me'

Dries Mertens praises record Napoli signing Victor Osimhen, enjoys his new tactical role and assures ‘Italy and Napoli changed me.’

The Belgium international will face AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League tomorrow, having previously scored five goals against them, including a hat-trick for FC Utrecht in 2011.

“I was a kid then and I am no longer the same person who scored a hat-trick for Utrecht against PSV. Italy and Napoli changed me,” Mertens told Sky Sport Italia.

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