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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…

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‘It’s not a miracle, it’s something bigger’ – Italian press hails Roma’s win

The Italian newspapers were full of praise for Roma after their win over Barcelona, with Corriere dello Sport giving every player 10 out of 10Not even in a moment of shared exhilaration could Italy’s football writers find consensus. “Miracles, in footb…

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Fiorentina use victory as a coping mechanism after death of Astori | Paolo Bandini

La Viola have won six on the bounce since their captain died, their players showing ‘an uncommon strength’ in Serie ASince Davide Astori died, Fiorentina cannot stop winning. To lay it out in such blunt terms feels almost too crude and yet how else sho…

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Milan meander to Inter draw in a derby that suits Roma and Lazio | Paolo Bandini

A goalless night at San Siro boosted rivals from the capital and leaves Milan almost certain to miss the Champions League again and at risk of upheaval on and off the pitchEven at 6.30pm on a wet Wednesday, the derby still felt like The Derby. A crowd …

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Serie A title battle may have turned on a clerical error over Matteo Politano | Paolo Bandini

The winger looked set to join Napoli from Sassuolo in January but the paperwork never arrived and his goal for the Neroverdi in a draw leaves the Partenopei trailing in wake of JuventusDid the title race turn on a clerical error? Matteo Politano looked…

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Italy’s Luigi Di Biagio puts on a brave face but his time may be limited | Paolo Bandini

Ancelotti, Mancini and Ranieri are being sounded out for permanent role with the major requirement to bring through a new generation of talent after World Cup failureItaly’s footballers will not play in Russia this summer but for the man in charge of t…

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Spirited Spal frustrate Juventus and shake up the bottom – and top – of Serie A | Paolo Bandini

Leonardo Semplici’s minnows have a fighting chance of survival after halting the champions’ charge with a battling display that also boosted Napoli’s title hopesLeonardo Semplici could have encouraged his players not to worry before their game against …

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Tears and tributes as Serie A returns with Davide Astori in its thoughts | Paolo Bandini

Daniele De Rossi was just one of the players with tears in his eyes as football began again in Italy after the death of the Fiorentina captainFlorence downed tools to remember Davide Astori on Thursday. The player’s funeral had been held in the morning…

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Davide Astori death: prosecutor investigates manslaughter possibility

Antonio De Nicolo: ‘We have opened criminal proceedings’31-year-old Fiorentina captain was found dead on Sunday morningAn investigation has been opened into the possibility that Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was the victim of manslaughter, after he …

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Serie A pauses for Davide Astori then vows to keep his memory alive | Paolo Bandini

Serie A matches were postponed after Davide Astori’s death on Sunday, casting Saturday’s dramatic results into insignificance It felt so all-consuming on Saturday night. A last-minute winner, a six-goal thriller, a title race turned on its head. Then a…

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Leader Davide Astori is fondly remembered as Serie A falls quiet | Paolo Bandini

Fiorentina’s captain, who died on Saturday aged 31, won 14 caps for Italy, whose goalkeeper Gigi Buffon talked of his generositySerie A stopped for Davide Astori on Sunday. This was supposed to be the biggest weekend of the season, the biggest for…

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Patrick Cutrone keeps Milan on the move as Gattuso conquers Rome | Paolo Bandini

The youngster is not elegant but he scored again as Milan’s manager showed he has the nous to win tactical battles tooGennaro Gattuso already had our attention. How could he not, after steering a Milan team that began 2018 in the bottom half of the tab…

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Cengiz Under’s talent no longer a secret as he profits at Roma | Paolo Bandini

Turkish forward reaps rewards from Eusebio Di Francesco’s new tactical approach with four goals in three gamesUdinese were served with ample notice of Cengiz Under’s threat. The Roma forward had scored three times in two games leading into his visit to…