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Monday September 11 2017
Allegri: ‘Formation not important’

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri dismisses questions over his formation for Barcelona - “the players’ characteristics are more important”.

The Bianconeri take on the Spanish side at Camp Nou tomorrow in the first match of their Champions League group, and the tactician was grilled over what approach he’ll take.

“There’s nothing to invent, you can only put 10 players on the pitch plus the goalkeeper,” Allegri shrugged in his pre-match Press conference.

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Monday September 11 2017
‘Ventura scared to play Donnarumma’

Mino Raiola says Italy CT Giampiero Ventura “doesn’t have enough character” to drop Gigi Buffon for Gigio Donnarumma.

Buffon is almost certain to retire after the 2018 World Cup, with the Milan goalkeeper expected to be his heir for the national team.

However, some have claimed he should be elevated to first choice sooner, something his agent says the Coach won’t do.

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Monday September 11 2017
Dybala: ‘Barcelona still Barcelona’

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala doesn’t think the sale of Neymar will affect Barcelona - “they’re always Barça”.

The Bianconeri beat the Catalans 3-0 on aggregate in last season’s Champions League, and the Blaugrana lost one of their star men to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

“Barça lost an important player in Neymar, but they’ve replaced him with other important players,” Dybala cautioned, sitting alongside Coach Max Allegri in the pre-match Press conference.

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Sunday September 10 2017
Raiola on Neymar, Verratti, Balotelli

Mino Raiola discussed Neymar’s transfer to PSG, Marco Verratti’s future, Mario Balotelli and why Napoli should be pleased by attention.

The agent sat down with La Domenica Sportiva and you can read the first part of his interview here.

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Tuesday August 22 2017
Koulibaly: 'Napoli really care'

Kalidou Koulibaly celebrated Napoli getting past Nice 4-0 on aggregate to reach the Champions League. “We all defend together.”

The Azzurri earned a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Riviera thanks to Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne goals.

“It was a very difficult game. Beforehand, we heard Nice wanted to play more attacking, but we did our usual football,” Koulibaly told Mediaset Premium.

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Thursday August 17 2017
Marotta: ‘Juventus hard to improve’

General manager Giuseppe Marotta says the Juventus squad is “difficult to improve” and “we’ll do our analysis after September 1”.

The Bianconeri have lost Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves this summer, with Federico Bernardeschi, Mattia De Sciglio and Douglas Costa among those coming in.

“It’s a stressful market, in general,” Marotta told JTV.

“As has emerged from several parties, there’s a desire to shorten this ordeal.

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Monday August 14 2017
Inter in for Draxler

Inter are reportedly interested in Julian Draxler, though his agent insists he’ll stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

The French club have signed Neymar for a fee of €222m, and are believed to be close to a €180m deal for Kylian Mbappé of Monaco.

It’s therefore expected that PSG will sell players to balance the books and avoid potential Financial Fair Play sanctions, and Bild today reports that both Inter and Barcelona are interested.

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Friday August 11 2017
Gullit: ‘No problem with Neymar deal’

Ruud Gullit shrugs off Neymar’s €222m transfer fee, pointing out “Silvio Berlusconi was clear he wanted to spend a lot to win”.

The midfielder was one of the former Milan President’s first signings after his takeover, and he went on to win three Scudetti and two European Cups with the Rossoneri.

This summer saw Neymar leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a €222m deal, but Gullit doesn’t see a problem with the deal.

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Thursday August 10 2017
Sacchi: ‘Napoli condemned to perfection’

Arrigo Sacchi believes Juventus will win the Scudetto again, as while he prefers Napoli they’re “condemned to perfection”.

The Bianconeri have won the title for the past six seasons in a row, a Serie A record, but Maurizio Sarri’s side have been tipped to challenge the Old Lady for her crown this season.

“Juventus will win the Scudetto again, because they have the advantage of having a superior character,” Sacchi predicted in an interview with Corriere della Sera.

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Sunday August 6 2017
PSG pay Verratti €12m salary?

Journal du Dimanche claims Marco Verratti will sign a new Paris Saint-Germain contract worth €12m (£10.8m) per year.

The Italy international had asked to leave in May when he was frustrated by the lack of silverware and Champions League ambition.

However, after they shelled out a world record €222m to release Neymar from his Barcelona contract and brought in Dani Alves from Juventus, there is more confidence at PSG.

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