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Fixtures pile up and Inter fall behind as Serie A wrestles with coronavirus | Nicky Bandini

Four matches were called off in response to the crisis and games may take place behind closed doors as teams catch upMost players were already tucked up in bed by the time the decisions were taken. It was past midnight on Sunday morning but in Milan, T…

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Lazio cannot hide their title ambition after fighting back past Inter | Nicky Bandini

When the final whistle went, allowing Simone Inzaghi to charge the field at last, it felt as though we had entered a new chapterSimone Inzaghi finished Sunday night with a torn pair of trousers. The Lazio manager had been in perpetual motion through th…

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Lukaku upstages Ibrahimovic as Inter make most of Juve’s tragedy in Verona

Former Manchester United striker provides ‘Hollywood’ ending to dramatic Milan derby and leaves Inter joint top of Serie AWe ought to be talking about Verona. We ought to be talking about an astonishing week for the club with the lowest wage bill in Se…

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Paulo Fonseca has reason to worry after Roma are schooled by Sassuolo | Nicky Bandini

Manager needed to be calmed down by Edin Dzeko after a loss to an impressive Sassuolo that suggested Roma have problemsAt the end of a fractious match it is common enough to see a manager step in to dissuade one of his players from confronting the refe…

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Mahomes and Garoppolo’s Super Bowl clash signals changing of guard | Nicky Bandini

Two very different quarterbacks will take centre stage in what promises to be a compelling climax to the NFL seasonA new decade begins in the NFL with a Super Bowl that promises to tell a new story. For the first time since 2016, Tom Brady and the New …

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Ashley Young makes rapid Inter impact as Serie A title race heats up

Internazionale were held at home, but Lazio failed to capitalise in the Rome derby before Juve were rocked in NaplesOn his first weekend playing in Serie A, Ashley Young brought Inter back within touching distance of league leaders Juventus. OK, maybe …

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Ciro Immobile makes Sampdoria suffer as Lazio join Serie A title race | Nicky Bandini

With 23 goals in 19 Serie A games, the striker has scored more on his own than seven of the division’s 20 teamsFor Ciro Immobile, football is simple: either he scores, or he suffers. Speaking to Corriere della Sera in 2017, the Lazio striker insisted h…

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Juventus evolution goes beyond Sarri’s attire as they reach summit | Nicky Bandini

New clothes, ‘same dickhead’: for the third time in his career, Maurizio Sarri has his team in pole position at the halfway pointMaurizio Sarri had to update his wardrobe after taking over as manager of Juventus. A man who has always felt most comforta…

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History repeats itself for Balotelli and Inter at the start of 2020 in Serie A | Nicky Bandini

Balotelli scoring, Inter leading and racist abuse gave the new decade in Serie A an eerily familiar feel to the start of the 2010sFor Italian football, the decade began with a little bit of history repeating. It was Mario Balotelli who scored the first…

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Lazio’s Supercoppa triumph means a damp end to Juventus’s golden decade | Nicky Bandini

Sunday’s Saudi Arabia showpiece deepened concerns over Serie A’s serial champions. Inter and now Lazio are on their tailThe 2010s will be remembered, in Italian football, as a decade dominated by Juventus: winners of eight out of 10 Scudetti, four Copp…

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Lazio’s Supercoppa triumph means a damp end to Juventus’s golden decade | Nicky Bandini

Sunday’s Saudi Arabia showpiece deepened concerns over Serie A’s serial champions. Inter and now Lazio are on their tailThe 2010s will be remembered, in Italian football, as a decade dominated by Juventus: winners of eight out of 10 Scudetti, four Copp…

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Rapid ruin of Ancelotti’s Napoli leaves Gattuso with a mighty repair job

The outgoing coach oversaw a wretched half-season but the club’s problems run deep – as his replacement soon found outGennaro Gattuso’s debut as Napoli manager had to be delayed by half an hour on Saturday after pieces of the Stadio San Paolo’s roof br…

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Rapid ruin of Ancelotti’s Napoli leaves Gattuso with a mighty repair job

The outgoing coach oversaw a wretched half-season but the club’s problems run deep – as his replacement soon found outGennaro Gattuso’s debut as Napoli manager had to be delayed by half an hour on Saturday after pieces of the Stadio San Paolo’s roof br…

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto are leading Lazio’s surge

Win over Juventus might have allowed a third horse to enter Serie A’s title race – with a wealth of attacking riches to call onSergej Milinkovic-Savic needed only one glance to know it was time to start running. Few of the 60,000 fans in attendance at …

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto are leading Lazio’s surge

Win over Juventus might have allowed a third horse to enter Serie A’s title race – with a wealth of attacking riches to call onSergej Milinkovic-Savic needed only one glance to know it was time to start running. Few of the 60,000 fans in attendance at …

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Turati heroics and lethal Lazio offer hope of vintage Serie A title race

The 18-year-old Sassuolo goalkeeper defied Juventus in a 2-2 draw that puts Inter and free-scoring Lazio in the title huntStefano Turati learned on Saturday morning that he was about to make his Serie A debut. One day later, he stood in front of a mob …

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Turati heroics and lethal Lazio offer hope of vintage Serie A title race

The 18-year-old Sassuolo goalkeeper defied Juventus in a 2-2 draw that puts Inter and free-scoring Lazio in the title huntStefano Turati learned on Saturday morning that he was about to make his Serie A debut. One day later, he stood in front of a mob …

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Higuaín and Dybala make Juve party like it’s 2016 – and give Sarri a problem | Nicky Bandini

The Argentinians were excellent in the 3-1 win at Atalanta and Juve’s manager must now decide what to do with Ronaldo A goal down, with less than 20 minutes left to play, in a fixture they had not won for three seasons, Juventus needed a saviour. They …

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Radja Nainggolan and Cagliari are living the high life in dazzling style | Nicky Bandini

Midfielder has returned on loan to the club where he made his Serie A debut, and showing Internazionale what they’re missingAfter watching his Internazionale team throw away a two-goal lead against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, …

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Balotelli returned to Italy with hope. It has been crushed again by racism

The racist abuse of Mario Balotelli made for another awful day in Serie A, made worse by those who deny it is even occurring You can’t delete racism. It’s like a cigarette. You can’t stop smoking if you don’t want to, and you can’t stop racism if peopl…