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Carlo Ancelotti has all the pieces in place. Now Napoli seek silverware

The Italian has moulded a smart, adaptable side and Liverpool’s visit is a chance to take the first step towards true successCarlo Ancelotti does not believe in quick fixes. In his 2009 autobiography he explained that he learned the value of patience f…

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Carlo Ancelotti has all the pieces in place. Now Napoli seek silverware

The Italian has moulded a smart, adaptable side and Liverpool’s visit is a chance to take the first step towards true successCarlo Ancelotti does not believe in quick fixes. In his 2009 autobiography he explained that he learned the value of patience f…

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After 552 days, Juventus finally knocked off their Serie A perch | Nicky Bandini

It is far too soon for early-season standings to really matter. And yet, at the same time, it doesIn Italy, the Serie A table is always front-page news. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, La Classifica appears on the cover of all the nation’s major sports…

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Inter’s Romelu Lukaku is the latest victim of ultras’ warped loyalty | Nicky Bandini

Racism is deep-rooted among far-right fans, as the forward discovered when his own supporters defended Cagliari abuseRomelu Lukaku has adapted quickly to life in Serie A, scoring in his first two games for Internazionale. Sadly, he received a similarly…

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Gonzalo Higuaín again the defining figure in Juventus-Napoli rivalry | Nicky Bandini

Italian football’s Old Lady ended up looking an awful lot like the Roman goddess Fortuna – the original Lady LuckJuventus’s first home game of the new season had already kicked off by the time Giorgio Chiellini arrived behind the dugouts at the Allianz…

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Serie A returns with goals, VAR controversy and Sinisa Mihajlovic | Nicky Bandini

There was a shoot-out between Fiorentina and Napoli, while Bologna’s manager made the bench from hospitalThe opening day of the Serie A season felt more like a recap sequence: that 30-second montage deployed at the start of a returning TV series to rea…

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Juventus’s star signings mask unease while Inter and Napoli can challenge

The champions may have landed De Ligt, Rabiot and Ramsey but all has not run smoothly for Maurizio Sarri this summerItalian football’s summer break began in much the same way as the season had ended: with Juventus way out in front. By 1 July they had c…

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I’m Nicky Bandini – and I’m still a sports writer

For 13 years I have written under a different name. Today I am coming out as transgender, but my love of storytelling remainsI have always loved to write. When I was little I remember thinking that English exams were a treat: an opportunity to sit down…