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Thursday April 26 2018
Double win for Inter

Much as bitter, long-running rivalry fuels the Derby d'Italia, Richard Hall warns Inter must focus on themselves and not old enemies Juventus

Marco Materazzi often embodies the emotion and determination of Inter and this week was no different. Speaking to the Gazzetta Dello Sport, ‘Matrix’ was full of passion, but spoke with some insight that the Nerazzurri should not ignore. Inter should not focus on the Derby D’Italia fuelled with a need to avenge old rivalries, simply hoping to put pay to their Scudetto challenge, but instead should focus on the Champions League. This mentality is more similar to the way The Old Lady have looked at this fixture for years.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Napoli request fixture change

Napoli have lodged a request to play the final two rounds of the Serie A season simultaneously with Juventus.

The two sides have rarely played at the same time during this campaign and it has been a source of many complaints from Coach Maurizio Sarri.

The gap at the top of the table with only four games to go is just one point and it’s all to play for.

While the final matches of the season are generally played at the same time, Napoli have formally appealed for the penultimate round to see them on the field simultaneously with Juventus too.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Bianchi: 'Juve in decline for a while'

Scudetto-winning Coach Ottavio Bianchi maintains Juventus “have been in decline for quite a while” and Napoli must stay focused.

The gap at the top of the table was cut to just one point after Kalidou Koulibaly grabbed a 1-0 victory in Turin.

“Juve conceded a thoroughly avoidable goal, they can’t leave a defender free to jump in the box,” former Napoli boss Bianchi told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Official: Iuliano joins Udinese staff

New Udinese Coach Igor Tudor has officially signed his former Juventus teammate Mark Iuliano as his assistant manager.

Tudor was appointed yesterday after Massimo Oddo’s dismissal, due to a run of 11 consecutive defeats.

It is his first Serie A management job and the former Juve and Siena defender has brought along Iuliano to join his staff.

It was announced via a statement from Udinese and they had their first training session together today.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Buffon: 'Juve would congratulate Napoli'

Gigi Buffon denied reports of a clash with Juventus teammate Medhi Benatia and insisted they’ll “have no problems congratulating” Napoli after a fascinating campaign.

The rumours emerged after the 1-0 home defeat to Napoli, which cut the gap at the top of the table to just one point, that Buffon had blamed Benatia for a last-minute error in a heated locker room row.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Borja Valero doubt for Inter-Juve

Borja Valero is in doubt for Saturday’s Derby d’Italia clash with Juventus after leaving training early today.

The former Fiorentina midfielder had been in the starting XI for the 2-1 victory away to Chievo at the weekend.

According to Mediaset Premium, Borja Valero did not take part in this afternoon’s session after coming down with a stomach bug.

If he isn’t fit to start, then Matias Vecino is expected to get the nod instead.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Juventus fans at Vinovo

Juventus fans turned up at the training centre in Vinovo, letting off flares and singing songs, but insist they’re only trying to “encourage the team”.

Around 100 ultras turned up at the training centre, following Sunday night’s defeat to Napoli which blew the Scudetto race open.

The Bianconeri now have just a one point lead, and they travel to Milan to take on Inter on Saturday night.

It has been reported that the ultras demanded to see the players, with many outlets stating that they were protesting the team.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Sweden close door on Zlatan

Sweden boss Janne Andersson has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘certainly isn’t included in my plans for the World Cup’.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Report: Sarri’s Napoli warning

Maurizio Sarri reportedly warned his Napoli players ‘not to lose sight’ of their Scudetto objective, despite beating Juventus last weekend.

Napoli moved a point behind Juventus at the top of Serie A after their 1-0 win and have arguably the easier run-in, but Il Mattino reports Sarri made an impassioned plea to his team during training on Monday.

“It wasn’t impossible before, but this doesn’t mean that everything’s become possible and easy,” the Coach is quoted as telling his players.

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Wednesday April 25 2018
Moratti plays down Juve rivalry

Massimo Moratti has played down the rivalry between Inter and Juventus ahead of Saturday’s clash as a Nerazzurri win ‘only matters’ for the Champions League.

Victory for Inter, coupled with a Napoli win at Fiorentina, would see the Partenopei topple Juve with only three games remaining, but Moratti made it clear the Beneamata were only thinking about a top-four finish in Serie A.

“Inter seem okay to me, even if the results haven’t always arrived,” the club’s former President told Corriere dello Sport.

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