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Maurizio Sarri now Chelsea’s no.1 target to replace Antonio Conte

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Chelsea have made Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri their preferred candidate to replace Antonio Conte as their head coach, according to the Daily Mail. The...

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Maurizio Sarri linked with Chelsea

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Chelsea have sounded out Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri about becoming their next head coach, according to the Daily Mirror. Antonio Conte is widely...

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Albiol keeps Napoli’s Serie A title hopes burning

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Rome (AFP) – Spanish defender Raul Albiol headed in the winner as a 1-0 victory over Genoa on Sunday kept Napoli’s Serie A title hopes alive, closing the gap on leaders Juventus to two points.

Juventus’ march towards a seventh consecutive Italian title was stalled on Saturday by a goalless draw at struggling SPAL.

Albiol keeps Napoli’s Serie A title hopes burning

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Rome (AFP) – Spanish defender Raul Albiol headed in the winner as a 1-0 victory over Genoa on Sunday kept Napoli’s Serie A title hopes alive, closing the gap on leaders Juventus to two points.

Juventus’ march towards a seventh consecutive Italian title was stalled on Saturday by a goalless draw at struggling SPAL.

Napoli coach Sarri warns Juventus Serie A title chase is on

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Milan (AFP) – Maurizio Sarri warned Juventus that their days of Serie A domination were numbered as Napoli switched their focus to winning a first league title in nearly 30 years after their European exit.

“In Italy, in the last six years nobody has ever fought it out with Juventus,” said the Napoli coach after winning 2-0 in Leipzig on Thursday night but losing their Europa League last 32 tie 3-3 on away goals.

Butt seriously: Chain-smoker Sarri given room to light up in Leipzig

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Chain-smoking Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri expressed his gratitude to RB Leipzig bosses for building a room where he can puff away on Thursday as his team attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit in their Europa League tie.

Serie A leaders Napoli - dropped into the second-tier European competition after their Champions League exit - slumped to a shock home defeat in their last 32, first leg and play the away fixture in Germany on Thursday.

Butt seriously: Chain-smoker Sarri given room to light up in Leipzig

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Chain-smoking Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri expressed his gratitude to RB Leipzig bosses for building a room where he can puff away on Thursday as his team attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit in their Europa League tie.

Serie A leaders Napoli - dropped into the second-tier European competition after their Champions League exit - slumped to a shock home defeat in their last 32, first leg and play the away fixture in Germany on Thursday.

Sarri blasts Napoli’s ‘bad attitude’ as focus back on Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri blasted his side’s “bad attitude” in a 3-1 Europa League defeat to RB Leipzig on Friday but stressed that his team’s focus this season was on the Serie A title.

“It was a bad defeat, we lacked enthusiasm, hunger and determination,” said Sarri after the last 32, first leg loss at a sparsely attended San Paolo Stadium in Naples.

Juventus ready to pounce as Napoli face stiff Lazio test

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Milan (AFP) – Serie A leaders Napoli face a tough test of their title hopes when they host bruised Lazio this weekend, while Juventus travel to Florence ready to pounce before they play Tottenham in the Champions League.

Lazio - 14 points behind Napoli in third place - arrive in Naples desperately in need of three points after back-to-back defeats to AC Milan and Genoa.

Juventus ready to pounce as Napoli face stiff Lazio test

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Milan (AFP) – Serie A leaders Napoli face a tough test of their title hopes when they host bruised Lazio this weekend, while Juventus travel to Florence ready to pounce before they play Tottenham in the Champions League.

Lazio - 14 points behind Napoli in third place - arrive in Naples desperately in need of three points after back-to-back defeats to AC Milan and Genoa.

Serie A leaders Napoli out of Italian Cup

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Rome (AFP) – Serie A leaders Napoli crashed out of the Italian Cup when a weakened side was beaten 2-1 at home by Atalanta in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri made a host of changes but did select Marek Hamsik, who recently became the club’s all-time top scorer, but the Slovak was anonymous and was replaced by Lorenzo Insigne after an hour.

Buffon wins Italy’s best player award

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Milan (AFP) – Italy’s veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has eased some of his World Cup heartache by winning the Serie A Best Player of the Year award.

“I’m happy and proud. I never thought I’d get this kind of trophy, and I’ll hold on tight to it because I never won best youngster!

Italy legend Buffon wins best player award

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Milan (AFP) – Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon eased some of his World Cup heartache by winning the Serie A Best Player of the Year award at the Gran Gala del Calcio Awards in Milan.

“The failure to participate in the World is the biggest disappointment in my career together with some (lost) Champions league finals,” said the 39-year-old Juventus goalkeeper at Monday night’s ceremony.

Ghoulam blow as Napoli focus back on Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Leaders Napoli turn their focus back to Serie A after a bruising Champions League defeat to Manchester City midweek in which defender Faouzi Ghoulam picked up a serious knee injury.

Algerian international Ghoulam could be out for months after tearing a cruciate ligament in his right knee during the 4-2 defeat which effectively ends Napoli’s elite European challenge.

Ghoulam blow as Napoli focus back on Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Leaders Napoli turn their focus back to Serie A after a bruising Champions League defeat to Manchester City midweek in which defender Faouzi Ghoulam picked up a serious knee injury.

Algerian international Ghoulam could be out for months after tearing a cruciate ligament in his right knee during the 4-2 defeat which effectively ends Napoli’s elite European challenge.

Napoli survive SPAL scare, El Shaarawy lifts Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli battled past newcomers SPAL 3-2 on Saturday for a sixth straight win to remain top of Serie A as AS Roma cruised past Udinese 3-1.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have a maximum 18 points from six games to sit top with Juventus looking to join them later Saturday when they clash against city rivals Torino.

Napoli survive SPAL scare, El Shaarawy lifts Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli battled past newcomers SPAL 3-2 on Saturday for a sixth straight win to remain top of Serie A as AS Roma cruised past Udinese 3-1.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have a maximum 18 points from six games to sit top with Juventus looking to join them later Saturday when they clash against city rivals Torino.

Napoli rout piles pressure on Roma before Juve showdown

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Milan (AFP) – Spaniard Jose Callejon hit a brace as Napoli crushed Torino 5-0 to pile the pressure on Roma ahead of their potential Serie A title-decider with Juventus later Sunday.

Juventus, now five points ahead of Napoli in second, require just a draw at the Stadio Olimpico to secure a record sixth consecutive league title with two games remaining.

Ramos, Morata strike as Real crush Napoli hopes

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Captain Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata struck one apiece as 11-time winners Real Madrid secured a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final berth with a clinical 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Real, who took a commanding 3-1 first leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, looked to be facing a tough night in Naples after Dries Mertens finished off a great attacking move to give the hosts a 24th minute lead.

Ramos, Morata strike as Real crush Napoli hopes

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Captain Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata struck one apiece as 11-time winners Real Madrid secured a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final berth with a clinical 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Real, who took a commanding 3-1 first leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, looked to be facing a tough night in Naples after Dries Mertens finished off a great attacking move to give the hosts a 24th minute lead.

Napoli’s chainsmoking coach Sarri out to defy Zidane

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Milan (AFP) – He is a tracksuit-wearing chain-smoker and former bank employee, but Maurizio Sarri certainly won’t feel intimidated when he leads Napoli against the mighty Real Madrid of French legend Zinedine Zidane.

“He’s a master, an extraordinary coach,” Arrigo Sacchi, who orchestrated AC Milan’s unprecedented run of success at home in Europe in the 1990s, said of the 58-year-old Italian coach.

Napoli’s chainsmoking coach Sarri out to defy Zidane

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Milan (AFP) – He is a tracksuit-wearing chain-smoker and former bank employee, but Maurizio Sarri certainly won’t feel intimidated when he leads Napoli against the mighty Real Madrid of French legend Zinedine Zidane.

“He’s a master, an extraordinary coach,” Arrigo Sacchi, who orchestrated AC Milan’s unprecedented run of success at home in Europe in the 1990s, said of the 58-year-old Italian coach.

Allegri says wants another 400 games with Juve

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has brushed aside rumours of a move to England’s Premier League by saying he hopes to be at the helm of the Serie A champions for “another 300 or 400” games.

Allegri, who led Juventus to the Champions League final in his first season in charge in 2015 and a defeat to Barcelona, has been linked with a move to Arsenal amid reports suggesting Arsene Wenger could step down as coach of the Gunners.

Allegri says wants another 400 games with Juve

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has brushed aside rumours of a move to England’s Premier League by saying he hopes to be at the helm of the Serie A champions for “another 300 or 400” games.

Allegri, who led Juventus to the Champions League final in his first season in charge in 2015 and a defeat to Barcelona, has been linked with a move to Arsenal amid reports suggesting Arsene Wenger could step down as coach of the Gunners.

Napoli’s Mertens a happy striker ahead of Dinamo clash

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Milan (AFP) Belgium's Dries Mertens said he's happy to remain Napoli's number one striker against Dinamo Kiev on Wednesday, as long as it helps the Italians secure their ticket for the Champions League last 16.

With Poland striker Milik not due to return from a knee ligament injury until January, Mertens has been pushed in to the centre of Maurizio Sarri's attack and has delivered with impressive results.

Napoli’s Mertens a happy striker ahead of Dinamo clash

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Milan (AFP) Belgium's Dries Mertens said he's happy to remain Napoli's number one striker against Dinamo Kiev on Wednesday, as long as it helps the Italians secure their ticket for the Champions League last 16.

With Poland striker Milik not due to return from a knee ligament injury until January, Mertens has been pushed in to the centre of Maurizio Sarri's attack and has delivered with impressive results.

Napoli boss lashes out at ‘unworthy’ pitch

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Milan (AFP) Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri slammed the "unworthy" pitch at Crotone after a precious 2-1 victory saw his side back to winning ways despite Manolo Gabbiadini's first-half sending-off.

Crotone's promotion to Italy's top flight at the end of last season came with an unwelcome surprise in structural terms their stadium did not meet Serie A criteria.

Sarri a believer as Napoli look to make history

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Milan (AFP) Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri insists he has "total faith" his side will make up for recent setbacks in Serie A by making Champions League history against Besiktas on Wednesday.

Successive Group B wins over Dinamo Kiev and Benfica means Napoli stand on the verge of becoming the first team to clinch a last 16 berth after just three games.

Milik, Mertens star as Napoli outclass Benfica

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Milan (AFP) Arkadiusz Milik struck his third Champions League goal and Dries Mertens hit a brace as Napoli staked an early claim for a place in the last 16 with a 4-2 win against Benfica on Wednesday.

Milik, signed as a replacement for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, headed a brace in a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Dinamo Kiev a fortnight ago to hand coach Maurizio Sarri his maiden win in the competition.

Hamsik hits century as Napoli outclass Chievo

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Milan (AFP) Marek Hamsik celebrated hitting his 100th goal for Napoli in a 2-0 win over Chievo that will instill confidence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Benfica.

Yet Slovakian international Hamsik, who is now only 15 short of equalling the all-time scorers' record at the club, held by former icon Diego Maradona, said the focus is now on Europe.

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‘Emotional’ Sarri calls for Napoli calm

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Emotional Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri called for calm after a 4-2 demolition of Benfica on Wednesday put the Italian giants within sight of a coveted place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"Mentally, this is only a confirmation for us and it will give us a spur. But we have to be mindful that that is all it will give us," Sarri told reporters.

‘Emotional’ Sarri calls for Napoli calm

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Emotional Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri called for calm after a 4-2 demolition of Benfica on Wednesday put the Italian giants within sight of a coveted place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"Mentally, this is only a confirmation for us and it will give us a spur. But we have to be mindful that that is all it will give us," Sarri told reporters.

Higuain hits 24th goal as Napoli and Juventus pull away in Serie A race

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Gonzalo Higuain hit his 24th goal in as many Serie A games as triumphant Napoli and Juventus moved closer towards a scudetto duel after slip-ups by title rivals Inter Milan and Fiorentina.

Higuain and Napoli have been transformed since Maurizio Sarri took over from Rafael Benitez last summer but it took a second-half penalty for the Argentinian to keep Napoli top of the pile in a cagey 1-0 win over 10-man Carpi.

Higuain hits 24th goal as Napoli and Juventus pull away in Serie A race

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Gonzalo Higuain hit his 24th goal in as many Serie A games as triumphant Napoli and Juventus moved closer towards a scudetto duel after slip-ups by title rivals Inter Milan and Fiorentina.

Higuain and Napoli have been transformed since Maurizio Sarri took over from Rafael Benitez last summer but it took a second-half penalty for the Argentinian to keep Napoli top of the pile in a cagey 1-0 win over 10-man Carpi.

Italian FA asked to punish Daniele De Rossi over gypsy slur

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Italian soccer bosses should punish Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi for allegedly calling Juventus midfielder Mario Mandzukic "a shitty gypsy" during a heated Serie A clash, rights groups said Monday. The Associazione 21 lluglio and Popica Onlus, organizations which defend the rights of ethnic Roma and Sinti people in Italy, said De Rossi should be sanctioned as swiftly and severely as Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri was last week for homophobic abuse.

Italian FA asked to punish Daniele De Rossi over gypsy slur

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Italian soccer bosses should punish Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi for allegedly calling Juventus midfielder Mario Mandzukic "a shitty gypsy" during a heated Serie A clash, rights groups said Monday. The Associazione 21 lluglio and Popica Onlus, organizations which defend the rights of ethnic Roma and Sinti people in Italy, said De Rossi should be sanctioned as swiftly and severely as Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri was last week for homophobic abuse.

Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri handed two-game suspension for homophobic slur

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The gay president of an Italian fifth division club has urged Serie A players and officials not to be afraid to declare their homosexuality as the furor over Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri's homophobic rant rumbled on Thursday.

Sarri has steered Napoli to the summit of Italy's top flight.

Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri handed two-game suspension for homophobic slur

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The gay president of an Italian fifth division club has urged Serie A players and officials not to be afraid to declare their homosexuality as the furor over Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri's homophobic rant rumbled on Thursday.

Sarri has steered Napoli to the summit of Italy's top flight.

Napoli Manager Suspended For Two Games For Homophobic Insults

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Today the Lega Serie A showed that it still lives in the stone age when it gave Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri a slapon the wrist with its two match suspension for two future Coppa Italia matches and fined him €20,000 for making homophobic remarks at Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini earlier this week.

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Europa League: RB Leipzig Build Special ‘Smoking Room’ At Red Bull Arena For Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri (Photos)

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RB Leipzig have gone to great lengths to accommodate Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri ahead of the Europa League last-32 encounter between the two sides later this week.

The German side have created a special 'smoking room' at the Red Bull Arena by installing a temporary partition in the away dressing room that will allow Sarri who smokes like a forest fire to chuff away in peace before and after the match.