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Saturday April 21 2018
The tinkerer and the ideologue

Max Allegri and Maurizio Sarri may both have forged their reputations in the lower leagues but, as Gaby McKay explains, they have very different philosophies.

November 16, 2003. Sangiovannese take on Aglianese in Serie C2, a 0-0 draw without a single shot on target, watched by just 1,400 fans. The encounter may not have seemed particularly significant at the time, but just under 15 years later the two Coaches that day will lock horns once again, in the biggest match of the Serie A season.

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Saturday April 21 2018
Sarri bans Juve from locker room

Maurizio Sarri has banned the word ‘Juventus’ from the Napoli locker room ahead of Sunday’s Scudetto showdown, it’s reported.

There are four points separating the two sides at the top of the table and they go head-to-head in Turin tomorrow evening.

According to the Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper, Coach Sarri is taking a new approach to defusing the psychological impact of the big game.

He believes Napoli play better and without pressure when they focus only on themselves and not targeting the top spot.

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Saturday April 21 2018
Allegri on Arsenal radar

As expected, Juventus boss Max Allegri and fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti have emerged as early favourites to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

On Friday, a statement was released confirming Wenger would step down in June to end his 22-year reign at the club.

The English newspapers have now gone into overdrive trying to find his replacement and many are looking towards Serie A.

Both the Star and the Express maintain Arsenal bosses have set their sights on Allegri, who is currently under contract at Juventus.

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Saturday April 21 2018
Basile: 'Higuain soiled himself'

Former Argentina Coach Alfio Basile blamed Gonzalo Higuain for their 2014 World Cup Final defeat to Germany. “He soiled himself.”

The phrase is in his new autobiography, titled ‘Generacion Lio’ and the Juventus striker does not come out well from this book.

“Of all the players, the one that was most singled out by the people for blame was Gonzalo Higuain. They do not want him in their squad because when that World Cup is remembered, the chance he missed at the start is what cost us the title.

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Friday April 20 2018
Cabrini: ‘Napoli have less to lose’

Former Juventus full-back Antonio Cabrini believes Napoli “have less to lose” in Sunday’s Scudetto showdown.

The Partenopei are four points behind the reigning champions, who they face in Turin this weekend, as they look to win a first title since 1990.

“Juventus-Napoli is worth the Scudetto,” Cabrini confirmed on Radio Goal.

“It’s now a classic of Italian football and this year it’s really worth a lot.

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Friday April 20 2018
Ones to watch in Week 34

The Scudetto showdown between Juventus and Napoli will dominate the headlines, but there’s plenty more to get excited about in Week 34 of Serie A.

With five games to go none of the major questions have been settled, with a real battle for the Champions League and Europa League, as well as against relegation.

Here’s what to look out for in Week 34 of Serie A.

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Friday April 20 2018
Chiellini: ‘Can’t wait for Napoli’

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini “can’t wait” for Sunday night’s match and “I’m sure it’ll be the same for the Napoli players”.

There’s a top of the table clash in Turin on Sunday night, as the Bianconeri welcome the side which sits just four points behind them in second place.

Today the centre-back spoke to Sky, who asked whether he expects an open and entertaining match.

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Friday April 20 2018
Sacchi: ‘Sarri’s Napoli a masterpiece’

Arrigo Sacchi heaps praise on Maurizio Sarri ahead of the Juventus game - “Napoli have already won, what this team has done will be remembered”.

The Partenopei are four points behind the Bianconeri at the top of Serie A, but can close that gap to a point with a win in Turin on Sunday night.

“It’s a clash between a club with the financial power of Juventus, who bought Napoli’s best player [Gonzalo Higuain], but also the strength of their squad and the talent of their Coach [Max Allegri],” Sacchi said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

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Friday April 20 2018
‘Ibra would disrupt Sweden collective’

Sweden’s No 2 goalkeeper has advised his country not to call up ‘individualistic’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the World Cup. “We qualified without him…”

Ibrahimovic suggested he would come out of retirement to make himself available for the Russian showpiece, but Karl-Johan Johnsson made it clear the former Serie A star was wrong to sound so entitled.

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Friday April 20 2018
‘Gerrard a reference for Hamsik’

Marek Hamsik’s agent has revealed that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is a ‘point of reference’ for the Napoli midfielder.

Gerrard spent the majority of his playing career with Liverpool, captaining the Reds to Champions League glory in 2005, and Juraj Venglos is hopeful Hamsik can emulate the Englishman by leading Napoli to the Scudetto.

“Juventus-Napoli? It’s a very important clash for Marek and Napoli,” he told CalcioNapoli24.

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