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Will former banker Maurizio Sarri reap dividends for Chelsea? | Paolo Bandini

The new coach at Stamford Bridge rarely surprised anyone with his tactics at Napoli, yet they often swept opponents asideAt last, Chelsea can see “a fumata bianca”. In the lexicon of Italian football journalism, that phrase – “white smoke” – is used to…

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Cristiano Ronaldo for €100m at 33? Indulgence or Juventus masterstroke? | Paolo Bandini

To pay such a sum for a player surely past his peak seems a risk but the Italian champions have not made many mistakes latelyCristiano Ronaldo described it in matter-of-fact terms as “the moment to begin a new cycle”. In Italy the headline writers went…

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The Bandinis 2017: an exhaustive review of the Serie A season

A season of expected change in Italy ended in familiar fashion but Napoli’s title bid, Lazio’s resurgence and a host of young talent made for a memorable campaignThis was supposed to be a season of change in Serie A. VAR would put an end to the old pol…

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World Cup stunning moments: Italy shocked by South Korea in 2002 | Paolo Bandini

The Azzurri’s controversial second-round defeat in Daejeon was just the start of a barely believable series of eventsFrancesco Janich felt the first tomato fly past his head. Drunk on cognac and disoriented by the darkness as he stumbled down onto the …

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Lazio’s late implosion against Inter could haunt the club for years to come | Paolo Bandini

Inter-bound Stefan De Vrij was at the centre of a wild collapse as Lazio surrendered a Champions League place to InterStefan De Vrij folded himself up small and hid his face underneath a training top, but he could not stop the cameras from honing in on…

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Juventus extend ‘My7h’: a success to celebrate or a cause for lament?

The all-conquering Old Lady has no plans to abdicate her throne even with the inevitable summer changes aheadLast May, the commemorative T-shirts celebrated a “Le6end”. This year, Juventus went with “My7h”. Even as players popped champagne corks for th…

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Juventus’s winning habit proves impossible for Milan to break

A fourth consecutive double is almost secured for Juve after a Coppa Italia final that featured redemption for Mehdi Benatia and despair for MilanA 4-0 victory to seal a fourth consecutive Coppa Italia. So absolute is Juventus’s domination of the domes…

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Juventus have Serie A (nearly) in the bag but the fight elsewhere is just hotting up | Paolo Bandini

The title will go to Juventus again after Napoli’s impressive season faded but the fight for Europe and to survive is set to go down to the wireFor the seventh season running, Juventus will be champions of Italy. The Scudetto is not officially theirs j…

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Juventus almost in seventh heaven as Napoli title bid comes undone | Paolo Bandini

The champions found a win from nowhere to heap pressure on Napoli, whose hopes were left in tatters at FiorentinaFino alla fine. Until the end. Those three words were chosen by Juventus supporters to be printed on the club’s shirts in 2014, a snippet b…

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‘Like being in a Stephen King story’: Italy’s press on Roma’s Anfield misery

• Mixture of hope and despair in Italian papers after 5-2 defeat• ‘How many times do miracles repeat themselves?’“Come on Roma, you can do it.” Corriere dello Sport’s front-page headline somehow came across as more desperate than optimistic. Thirty-fou…

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Daniele De Rossi ends his long wait for dream date at Anfield | Paolo Bandini

Club captain has been with Roma for 16 years and is yearning to lead his hometown club into the final of the Champions LeagueDaniele De Rossi has waited a whole career to be part of a European night at Anfield. He was 18 the last time Roma played away …

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Napoli storm the palace to ‘seize power’ from Juve in Serie A title race | Paolo Bandini

‘Mamma miaaaa!!!’ described this 1-0 win best. Not since Maradona wore the shirt have Napoli known times like theseTell a story in two words. Diego Maradona did his best in the moments that followed Napoli’s stunning 1-0 victory over Juventus in Turin …

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Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco: ‘I don’t need my team to tell me about Salah’

Roma’s voluble manager Eusebio Di Francesco is full of passion as his side prepare to face Liverpool in the Champions LeagueWords race out of Eusebio Di Francesco’s mouth like cars entering il Gra, the orbital motorway that encircles the city…

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Data, memes and stadium dreams: how James Pallotta rebuilt Roma | Paolo Bandini

The American businessman’s blueprint has helped to bring Roma to a first European Cup semi-final in 34 yearsRoma’s team president still has not decided whether he will attend Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool. James Pall…

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Simy’s overhead spectacular keeps Napoli in Scudetto race | Paolo Bandini

For the second time this season, Juventus were on the receiving end of a stunning bicycle kick. The latest, though, came from an unexpected sourceIt’s not over until it’s over. Or should that be: “it’s not over until the overhead kick”? The Scudetto wa…

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Serie A’s goalless draws leave one predictable outcome: joy for Juventus

Chances were created, woodwork struck and forwards denied by extraordinary saves. And Juve were left celebratingWhat a weekend it promised to be. A Rome derby on Sunday night, with the capital clubs joint-third and fighting desperately to cling to thei…

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Roman revival ups ante in derby at end of crazy week for Roma and Lazio | Paolo Bandini

Lazio are in pieces after a shattering Europa League exit a day after Roma’s miracle comeback against Barcelona but a Champions League spot is at stake on SundayThe biggest Rome derby in at least half a decade has been overshadowed by events preceding …

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Roman revival ups ante in derby at end of crazy week for Roma and Lazio | Paolo Bandini

Lazio are in pieces after a shattering Europa League exit a day after Roma’s miracle comeback against Barcelona but a Champions League spot is at stake on SundayThe biggest Rome derby in at least half a decade has been overshadowed by events preceding …

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Roma a force to be reckoned with against Liverpool under Di Francesco | Paolo Bandini

Liverpool’s opponents in the Champions League semi-finals did not expect to get this far but their manager’s tactical nous produced a magnificent comeback to stun BarcelonaIt is 34 years since Roma reached a European Cup semi-final. And only one month …

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‘A savage and sadistic way to go out’ – Italian press reacts to Real Madrid v Juventus

There was considerable anger in Italy after Michael Oliver’s late penalty gave Real Madrid a 4-3 aggregate win over Juventus“Not like this.” Those words recurred over and over throughout the Italian media’s coverage of Juventus’s Champions League elimi…