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Saturday August 18 2018
Serie A going global again

With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and the return of Carlo Ancelotti, the Italian top flight is once again increasing its global reach, writes Gaby McKay.

The other 19 Serie A clubs must be wondering why Juventus couldn’t have announce the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo a few months earlier.

The Bianconeri completed a deal for the Portuguese superstar in early July, with CR7 joining in a €100m deal which caught attention across the globe. There was much talk of the growing appeal of the Italian top flight both on and off the pitch, and how the move could benefit calcio in general.

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Saturday August 11 2018
Sarri: 'Not entirely satisfied'

Maurizio Sarri wasn’t entirely satisfied with his 3-0 Premier League opener, discussed Chelsea transfer strategy and dinner with Carlo Ancelotti.

Jorginho was on target with a cheeky penalty in this afternoon’s win away to Huddersfield Town.

“I was not completely satisfied, as we won today mainly due to individual talent rather than tactical organisation,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday August 11 2018
Jorginho seals Chelsea victory

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea made an ideal Premier League debut, winning 3-0 away to Huddersfield Town, with a cheeky Jorginho penalty.

Sarri eventually took over from sacked Antonio Conte several days into pre-season training after a lengthy row with his old club Napoli.

He became the sixth Italian Coach on the Stamford Bridge bench and made his Premier League debut away to Huddersfield Town this afternoon.

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Saturday August 11 2018
Serie A has most prolific strikers

Serie A now boasts the three most prolific strikers currently in activity: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Edin Dzeko.

The new season is set to kick off next weekend in Italy and the arrival of CR7 to Juventus for €100m plus bonuses tips the scales in Europe too.

La Gazzetta dello Sport calculated that the Italian league now has the most combined career goals in their top three forwards.

Ronaldo alone provides 395 competitive strikes, with new Milan signing Higuain on 218 and Roma’s Dzeko following on 169.

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Thursday August 2 2018
Mourinho tips Sarri for success

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has tipped Maurizio Sarri to be a success at Chelsea. “He has the conditions to do good work.”

Sarri and Mourinho will lock horns for the first time as Coaches in the Premier League this season, and the former Inter boss believes the ex-Napoli tactician will suit his old club’s ‘fantastic’ squad. 

“I don’t know him,” he told beIN Sports.

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Monday July 30 2018
Premier League shops in Serie A

Where once wealthy English clubs looked to Ligue 1 to spend their money, Gaby McKay feels Serie A is the new market of choice.

Each January, the financial firm Deloitte releases its Football Money League report, detailing the financial state of the modern game. The report outlines the richest clubs in the world by revenue, and charts the changes over time.

In the 2018 report fully half of the top 20 richest clubs in the world came from the English Premier League. While one might expect Manchester United to top the charts, a television deal worth close to €6bn means the likes of Leicester City, West Ham United and Southampton all made the top 20.

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Tuesday July 24 2018
‘Napoli rejected €100m for Koulibaly’

Aurelio De Laurentiis claims he rejected a €100m bid from an unnamed Premier League club for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Koulibaly had been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United earlier in the summer, but De Laurentiis affirmed the Senegalese was going nowhere, while revealing Guillermo Ochoa or Francesco Bardi could arrive as cover for injured goalkeeper Alex Meret.

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Wednesday June 27 2018
Defoe: I could’ve joined Juve

Bournemouth and England striker Jermain Defoe claims he could have joined Juventus earlier in his career.

Defoe moved back to Tottenham Hotspur midway through the 2008-09 season, reuniting with his Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, but the 35-year-old revealed Juve had made a last-ditch attempt to take him to Turin.

“When I left Tottenham and went to Portsmouth with Harry [Redknapp], I was there for a season and then Harry got the Tottenham job,” he told Sky Sports.

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Wednesday June 27 2018
Jorginho just right for Man City

Jorginho might not be suited to most Premier League sides, but he'll fit right in at Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, insists Tom Scholes.

In the Premier League, the main skills a central midfielder must have is generally considered to be mental and physical toughness. Fans and pundits alike will point towards former players such as Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, N’Golo Kante and many others as examples of the prototypical midfielders. Very talented on the ball, but not afraid to get stuck in when it matters and to show that physical edge to give themselves the upper hand in a game.

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Monday June 25 2018
Samp line up English friendlies

Sampdoria have confirmed preseason friendlies against English sides Fulham and Watford.

A statement on Samp’s official website reads the club will travel to Aldershot on August 1 for a 19:45 BST kick-off against Fulham, who recently returned to the Premier League via the playoffs.

The match would have normally been played at Craven Cottage, but the stadium is currently undergoing renovation work.

Three days later, the Blucerchiati will face Watford at 15:00 BST, with the game due to be contested at the Hornets’ home of Vicarage Road.

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