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Moise Kean’s huge talent can light up Premier League stage with Everton

The forward, who has shown his potential for Juventus and Italy, will hope more playing time can help him flourishMoise Kean has some very specific career objectives. “I dream of scoring in a Champions League final,” he once told the newspaper Tuttospo…

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It’s the Bandinis 2019! The complete review of Serie A’s 2018-19 season

Ronaldo could not elevate the league’s standing in a season that mirrored recent ones, including ugly events off the pitchNot even an alien invasion could change the narrative for Italian football. Cristiano Ronaldo was hailed as an extra-terrestrial w…

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It’s the Bandinis 2019! The complete review of Serie A’s 2018-19 season

Ronaldo could not elevate the league’s standing in a season that mirrored recent ones, including ugly events off the pitchNot even an alien invasion could change the narrative for Italian football. Cristiano Ronaldo was hailed as an extra-terrestrial w…

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Atalanta punch historic Champions League ticket in wild Serie A finale | Paolo Bandini

Gian Piero Gasperini’s great entertainers made club history, while Inter edged Milan to a top-four place tooIn Milan, Florence and Ferrara they waited. In Rome and Reggio Emilia, too. The final six games of the Serie A season had been scheduled to kick…

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Fond farewells the precursor to more tears as Serie A’s finale draws closer | Paolo Bandini

Juve, Milan and others said goodbye to key players and staff but struggling clubs are still battling not to say so long to Serie A“No more tears, I’ve shed enough already,” insisted Massimiliano Allegri on Saturday. Nobody in the audience was fooled. J…

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Lazio bring Atalanta down to earth with Coppa Italia triumph

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa settled a scrappy Coppa Italia final after a crucial first-half refereeing decisionBy the time Joaquin Correa’s shot hit the net, Lazio’s bench was already spilling on to the pitch. Team-mates charged 70 yards…

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Lazio bring Atalanta down to earth with Coppa Italia triumph

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa settled a scrappy Coppa Italia final after a crucial first-half refereeing decisionBy the time Joaquin Correa’s shot hit the net, Lazio’s bench was already spilling on to the pitch. Team-mates charged 70 yards…

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Lazio bring Atalanta down to earth with Coppa Italia triumph

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa settled a scrappy Coppa Italia final after a crucial first-half refereeing decisionBy the time Joaquin Correa’s shot hit the net, Lazio’s bench was already spilling on to the pitch. Team-mates charged 70 yards…

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Florenzi inspires Roma win and leaves Ronaldo feeling small | Paolo Bandini

Roma stalwart was teased about his height by Cristiano Ronaldo but felt 10ft tall after opening the scoring against Juve Cristiano Ronaldo was not the first man to tell Alessandro Florenzi that he is too short. As a teenager, the Italian almost lost hi…

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Brave Atalanta close on Champions League by playing the Ajax way

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Serie A top scorers have been likened by Fabio Capello to the thrilling Dutch side in the way they commit to one-on-one battles all over the pitchA lesser team would have broken. On 15 April, Atalanta played out one of the most i…

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Torino channel their Invincibles in unlikely quest for Champions League | Paolo Bandini

Inter v Juventus drew the focus but the cities’ other teams – Milan and Torino – played a more significant match“Game over.” The words stretched out across the second tier of San Siro’s northern stand on Saturday night in an epic display of schadenfreu…

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Torino channel their Invincibles in unlikely quest for Champions League | Paolo Bandini

Inter v Juventus drew the focus but the cities’ other teams – Milan and Torino – played a more significant match“Game over.” The words stretched out across the second tier of San Siro’s northern stand on Saturday night in an epic display of schadenfreu…

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Juventus’s muted title celebrations an acknowledgment of work to be done | Paolo Bandini

Winning every year is not as easy as Juventus make it look but the club’s sights are already set on improvements for next season Juventus’s title celebrations began as they always have done recently, with Juan Cuadrado and a can of shaving foam. The Co…

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Milan get shirty with Acerbi after winning ‘€50m match’ with Lazio | Paolo Bandini

Tensions boiled over as two Champions League hopefuls fell out over a penalty decision and a pre-match boastGennaro Gattuso likened it to a cup final. His Milan team, fourth in the table, were facing Lazio, three points behind with a game in hand. Both…

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Unbowed by racism, Moise Kean continues to show his huge talent

Juventus’s teenage forward continues to suggest he is less the new Mario Balotelli than a successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, and his Juve teammate seems to be an admirerLet’s talk about Moise Kean. Not about the cretins who racially abused him, nor teamma…

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Leonardo Bonucci makes it hard to feel any optimism for Italian football | Paolo Bandini

The Juventus defender’s claim that teammate Moise Kean shared the blame for monkey chants aimed at him against Cagliari felt staggeringly ill-judgedMassimiliano Allegri explained his decision to leave Moise Kean out of the Juventus starting XI that fac…

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Mauro Icardi’s 40 days in wilderness ends with rejection not redemption

The Inter striker appeared to have been reintegrated smoothly back into the squad but Luciano Spalletti’s decision not to play him in the defeat to Lazio seemed strangeInter were poised, at last, to put this season’s most disruptive soap opera behind t…

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Inter take the Milan derby spoils and leap over rivals in Serie A standings | Paolo Bandini

Defeat was hardly catastrophic for Milan, but they have failed to beat Inter now in any of their last six Serie A meetingsThe choreography produced by Milan’s Ultras for Sunday’s derby had been months in the making. As kick-off approached, a colossal d…

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Moise Kean’s explosive return offers Juve secret weapon against Atlético

Two goals against Udinese suggest Juventus’s forgotten wonderkid may just be their Champions League saviourAt a glance, Juventus’s preparations for a season-defining showdown with Atlético Madrid appear almost ideal. After losing 2-0 at the Wanda Metro…

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Lazio’s Inzaghi forces inquest upon Roma after derby thrashing

A handsome Rome derby victory for Lazio piles the pressure on Roma’s Eusebio Di FrancescoSimone Inzaghi could not allow himself to celebrate right away. The Rome derby was 12 minutes old when Felipe Caicedo rounded Robin Olsen and rolled home the openi…