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Monday December 11 2017
Juve in the balance with Spurs

Their Champions League experience just about make Juventus favourites to beat Tottenham Hotspur, writes Richard Thomas.

All things considered, a Champions League Round of 16 meeting with Tottenham Hotspur represents a satisfactory outcome for Juventus at Monday’s draw in Nyon.

Though the ideal scenario on paper would undoubtedly have seen the Old Lady paired with Turkish champions Besiktas, Max Allegri and co will be relieved to have avoided paying the price for finishing second in Group D by being drawn against tournament favourites Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City.

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Friday December 8 2017
English interest in EDF?

Roma will reportedly offer Coach Eusebio Di Francesco a new contract to fend off interest from the Premier League.

According to Calciomercato.com, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea “have sent several observers” to watch Di Francesco’s Roma up close.

However, Corriere dello Sport warns Giallorossi sporting director Monchi is ready to tie down the former Sassuolo boss with an improved deal.

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Thursday December 7 2017
All Italian sides still in Europe

Serie A is the only league with all of its teams still in European competition after Christmas, though Spain could follow tonight.

Roma won their Champions League group ahead of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, while Juventus also advanced to the Last 16 after finishing behind Barcelona in Group D.

While Napoli were eliminated last night, they will drop down into the Last 32 of the Europa League for Monday’s draw.

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Thursday November 30 2017
Conte charged with misconduct

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been charged with misconduct by the English FA after he was sent off against Swansea City.

The Italian tactician has until December 5 to respond to the charge.

He can either pay a fine of £8,000 or contest it and perhaps be given a touchline ban.

The 48-year-old was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick and he fumed at what he claimed were Swansea time-wasting tactics.

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Saturday November 25 2017
Serie A seeks Premier League-style split

The crisis at the FIGC could see Serie A break away in a similar style to the Premier League or use that threat to gain more power.

Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, prompting the dismissal of Azzurri Coach Giampiero Ventura and resignation of Federation President Carlo Tavecchio.

The CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) has warned it will put the FIGC under a special Commissioner unless they can find a new President capable of enacting sweeping reforms.

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Friday November 24 2017
Del Piero: Calciopoli an ‘atomic bomb’

Alessandro Del Piero has described Calciopoli as “an atomic bomb”, the effects of which are still being felt in Italian football.

Juve were infamously demoted to Serie B for their role in the refereeing scandal 10 years ao, but Del Piero claimed it also led to football in Italy ‘collapsing’ and other countries moving ahead.

“It was like an atomic bomb: our football broke down,” the former Bianconeri attacker told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Friday November 24 2017
Report: Watford line up Ventura

Watford have reportedly lined up former Italy CT Giampiero Ventura if Marco Silva leaves for Everton.

According to Tuttosport, Ventura is “the hot name” for Watford in the event Silva departs, with Everton having offered in excess of €13m to buy out the Portuguese’s contract.

The 68-year-old was sacked after his failure to lead Italy to the World Cup, but he worked under the Hornets’ owners – the Pozzo family – at Udinese during the 2001-02 campaign.

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Wednesday November 22 2017
Pistone: Life with Wazza & Gazza…

Former Everton defender Alessandro Pistone remembers Wayne Rooney as a ‘phenomenon’ and Paul Gascoigne as his ‘No 1’ teammate.

Pistone played over 100 times for Everton between 2000 and 2007 and shared a dressing room with both Rooney, who went on to become England’s all-time top goalscorer and Lazio cult hero Gascoigne, widely considered as one of football’s most flawed geniuses.

“Gazza? He’s No 1 and he played like the greats,” the ex-Inter man told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Friday October 20 2017
Gab reveals Saints ‘motives’

Manolo Gabbiadini is enjoying the ‘instinctive’ Premier League and reveals being “an hour away from London and Heathrow” helped him choose Southampton.

Gabbiadini joined Southampton from Napoli at the start of the year and memorably scored six goals in his first two months at the club, before an injury and a mounting cautiousness in his side’s play under Claude Puel resulted in the striker ending the campaign on a barren note.

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Friday October 6 2017
Lucas: ‘Adapting to Lazio’

Lucas Leiva says he’s “in a phase of adaptation” to Italian football which he sees as slower but more tactical than the Premier League.

The midfielder spent 10 seasons at Liverpool before joining Lazio this summer, and he spoke to FoxSports in his native Brazil about his new move.

“I was looking for something new in a new country after so many years in England,” Lucas said.

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