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Thursday October 3 2019
Manolas in shock Greece exclusion

Greece have surprisingly left Napoli defender Kostas Manolas out of their squad to face Italy in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Manolas had been considered one of the first names on Greece’s teamsheet for the trip to his former home of the Olimpico on October 12.

However, he joins fellow stalwarts Andreas Samaris, Vasilis Torosidis and Kostas Mitroglou in being omitted, despite not being injured or banned.

The Hellenic nation also face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the upcoming international break but cannot qualify for the Finals next year.

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Thursday October 3 2019
Mario Rui blow for Napoli, but...

Mario Rui will miss Napoli’s Serie A match against Torino on Sunday with a muscle injury but has nonetheless been called up by Portugal.

Mario Rui was taken off just 33 minutes into Napoli’s 0-0 draw with Racing Genk last night.

Tests the following morning showed the left-back had suffered a thigh strain in his left leg.

The Partenopei added he would be reassessed in a week’s time, ruling him out of the trip to Torino.

However, he was selected by Portugal for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Luxembourg and Ukraine.

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Thursday October 3 2019
Insigne brother hits out at Ancelotti

Lorenzo Insigne’s brother has hit out at Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti for lacking ‘balls’ about the forward’s omission against Racing Genk.

Insigne was surprisingly dropped for Napoli’s 0-0 draw with Genk last night, Ancelotti claiming after the game that the captain was “less than sharp” in training.

However, the Coach’s version of events has not gone down well in the forward’s household.

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Thursday October 3 2019
Serie A Week 7 referees

The Serie A Week 7 referees have been announced as Gianluca Rocchi will officiate the Derby d’Italia between Inter and Juventus.

Rocchi is a man for the big occasion, having overseen the European Super Cup Final in 2017 and last season Europa League’s Final.

The 47-year-old was also handed the 2013 Supercoppa between Juve and Lazio, as well as the Bianconeri’s Coppa Italia Final with Milan in 2016.

The Old Lady have won 27 of their 35 games with Rocchi at the helm, compared to Inter’s haul of just 15 from 34.

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Thursday October 3 2019
Mario Rui suffers thigh strain

Napoli left-back Mario Rui could miss Sunday’s Serie A trip to Torino with a thigh strain.

Mario Rui lasted just 33 minutes against Racing Genk on Wednesday, and Napoli announced he had picked up a problem in his left thigh.

Furthermore, his condition will be “assessed gradually when training resumes.”

Although it does not seem to be serious, the Portuguese could be absent against Torino this weekend.

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Wednesday October 2 2019
Mazzu: 'Genk set the template'

Genk Coach Felice Mazzù believes their performance against Napoli “must set the template for what we need to do in future,” but thinks Fabian Ruiz should've seen red.

The game ended 0-0, despite the visitors hitting the woodwork three times and only a goal-line clearance denying Kalidou Koulibaly.

However, it was still a vast improvement over their opening 6-2 defeat at RB Salzburg.

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Wednesday October 2 2019
Mertens: 'Napoli didn't play our football'

Dries Mertens feels Napoli failed to get the victory against KRC Genk and didn’t “play our football. It’s a pity.”

The Belgian had provided 72 tickets to friends and family for the game, including his parents, as Genk is only 70km from his hometown.

However, he only came off the bench in the second half and failed to find the net in a 0-0 draw.

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Wednesday October 2 2019
Liveblog: Genk-Napoli, Barca-Inter

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from the Champions League, as Napoli visit Belgian title holders KRC Genk and Inter face Barcelona at Camp Nou.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT) in Genk, where Napoli try to maintain their perfect start to the Champions league campaign.

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Wednesday October 2 2019
Ancelotti: 'Still a positive result'

Carlo Ancelotti assured Napoli’s 0-0 draw with Genk was “not a slip-up at all and remains a positive result,” while explaining why Lorenzo Insigne was in the stands.

The Partenopei hit the woodwork three times and saw Kalidou Koulibaly’s effort cleared off the line at the Luminus Arena.

“It was a good performance and we had several chances for the breakthrough,” Ancelotti said on Sky Sport Italia and in a Press conference.

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Wednesday October 2 2019
CL: Napoli fire blanks in Genk

Napoli paid the price for wasteful finishing, as they hit the woodwork three times and had Kalidou Koulibaly’s shot cleared off the line in a 0-0 with Genk.

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

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