Five Serie A-based players and Gianluigi Buffon have been included in the 55-man shortlist for 2017-18 FIFPro World XI. Juventus pair Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala are recognised for their efforts in helping the Bianconeri secure another domestic double last season, while Mario Mandzukic spearheaded Croatia’s run to their first-ever World Cup Final. Cristiano Ronaldo [...]
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Fabio Capello believes Inter and Napoli got “very bad” Champions League draws, while Juventus are “superior” to Manchester United. The Italian sides all had tough draws, as Juve are up against Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys, while Napoli have Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Crvena Zvezda. Roma get Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen, [...]
Very tough draws for the Italians, as Juventus have Manchester United and Valencia, Napoli face PSG and Liverpool, Roma have Real Madrid and Inter with Barcelona and Tottenham. The draw for the Champions League group phase was completed in Monte Carlo this evening, with four Italian clubs involved. Matches in the group stage run from [...]
Napoli have an extremely tough group against Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade. Following a disappointing run in the Champions League last year, the possibility of making amends is going to be a difficult, but doable, task. Napoli have been given a very difficult group this year round, drawing PSG, Liverpool, and the returning [...]
Seven-time reigning champions Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 and last season’s runners-up Napoli came from two goals down to edge AC Milan 3-2 as the Italian league favourites both continued their perfect start to the season with a maximum six points after two games. Here are four talking points from the Italian Serie A league this [...]
It meant that Carlo Ancelotti got the better of Milan counterpart Gennaro Gattuso, who used to play under the new Napoli coach when he was with the Rossoneri. After Giacomo Bonaventura (15 minutes) and Davide Calabria (49) took advantage of questionable goalkeeping from David Ospina to give Milan a 2-0 lead. Piotr Zielinski then scored [...]
An emphatic finish from Lorenzo Insigne completed a Napoli comeback as they overcame Lazio 2-1 in Rome to give Carlo Ancelotti a debut win on his return to Serie A. Ciro Immobile’s superb first-half finish gave the hosts a deserved lead after 25 minutes, but the visitors were jolted into action by the setback and [...]
Blockbuster claims from outspoken Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who suggested on Friday that the owners of Roma and Liverpool are secretly the same. In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, De Laurentiis said “a little bird has told me a few years ago” that Pallotta is in some form of partnership [...]
Serie A clubs spent €1.14bn on the transfer market this summer, second only to the Premier League. According to Panorama, Serie A clubs spent €1.14bn during the just closed Mercato, considerably more than the €907m from a year ago. It is a massive leap forward, considering Serie A spent just €335m in 2014, then €608.8m [...]
In a previous post we looked at the title and Champions League contenders in Serie A this season. In part two of our 2018-19 Serie A preview we look at the teams who will be challenging for a Europa League spot, as well as those expected to be in a relegation battle. Europa League Challengers [...]