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Tuesday October 9 2018
Bernardeschi False 9 for Italy

Italy are expected to use Federico Bernardeschi as a False 9 with Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa in the friendly against Ukraine.

It kicks off at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

According to the latest reports, Roberto Mancini will retain his 4-3-3 formation even after losing Simone Zaza and Patrick Cutrone to injury.

As there is a Nations League match coming up against Poland next week, Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is likely to be kept on ice.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
U21: Marchizza added to Italy squad

Italy’s Under-21 side has called in Crotone defender Riccardo Marchizza for a friendly against Belgium after Sebastiano Luperto and Giuseppe Pezzella pulled out.

The game kicks off at the Dacia Arena in Udine on Thursday at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

It will be followed by another test with Tunisia at the Stadio Romeo Menti in Vicenza on Monday at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

Coach Gigi Di Biagio has lost both Napoli defender Luperto and Udinese left-back Pezzella.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
Ghoulam nears Napoli return

Faouzi Ghoulam is expected to train with the Napoli squad over the international break, so he could be called up for the trip to Udinese.

The Algerian hasn’t played in over a year, after suffering with a ruptured cruciate ligament and then a broken knee cap.

He has been cleared to return to training, and now Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli reports that he’ll work with the group over the international break.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
Meret ready to return

Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret is believed to be close to a return, and just needs the go-ahead from club doctors.

The youngster broke a bone in his arm in his first training session after signing from Udinese, so is still to make his debut for the Partenopei.

His injury saw the club sign David Ospina, having also signed Orestis Karnezis from Udinese.

Today the Corriere dello Sport reports that Meret is close to a return, and will soon have a final check-up on the arm.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
Inter, Napoli avoid sanctions

Inter and Napoli have avoided any sanction for fans setting off flares, after demonstrating they did everything in their power to prevent it.

There are strict liability regulations in force in Serie A, meaning each club is responsible the behaviour of their own fans.

The Giudice Sportivo found that both Inter and Napoli fans set off “pyrotechnic material of various kinds” in their respective matches though “exclusively in their own section”.

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Monday October 8 2018
Ancelotti pays Terry tribute

Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti pays tribute to John Terry after his retirement - “an honour to have had you as captain”.

Carletto spent two seasons at Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in the 2009-10 season before being sacked the following summer after a trophyless campaign.

Last night his captain for those triumphs, who made over 700 appearances for the Blues, announced his retirement and Ancelotti paid tribute on his Instagram page.

“An honour to have had you as captain,” the Partenopei boss wrote.

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Monday October 8 2018
Can Serie A end Europa drought?

With no Italian team winning the competition in 20 years, Vilizar Yakimov analyses the Lazio’s and Milan’s chances of ending this painfully long run this term.

Twenty years. Yes, it has been that long since an Italian club has won the Europa League or the UEFA Cup as it was known in 1998-99 when the legendary Parma team lifted the trophy. Sadly, an Italian side has even failed to qualify for the final of the competition since that remarkable 3-0 victory that the Ducali earned against Olympique Marseille at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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Monday October 8 2018
'Rotation is letting Napoli flourish'

Adam Ounas believes Carlo Ancelotti’s rotation policy is letting Napoli flourish as Maurizio Sarri ‘always played with the same XI’.

Ounas found the back of the net on his first-ever start for Napoli, opening the scoring during Sunday’s 2-0 win against Sassuolo in Serie A. 

“We were successful, and it’s good for the team and I that I scored right away. There’s not else much to say,” the winger told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday October 7 2018
De Zerbi defends Sassuolo

Roberto De Zerbi believes Sassuolo did enough to earn a point against Napoli, defending his choices and Manuel Locatelli.

It was a surprisingly hard-fought encounter at the Stadio San Paolo, as in the second half David Ospina was called into several very tricky saves.

“It’s pleasing that Ospina was made to work so hard, as it means we did well,” said the Coach in his Press conference after a 2-0 defeat.

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Sunday October 7 2018
Ancelotti: 'No risk in rotation'

Carlo Ancelotti insists “there is no risk in squad rotation” at Napoli after changing eight of the starting XI to beat Sassuolo 2-0.

He has used 10 different line-ups in as many competitive games this season, with 21 different players.

“When you have reliable professionals in the team, there is no risk in squad rotation,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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