Feb 04

European football round-up: Higuaín scores hat-trick in 7-0 Juventus win

• Juventus keep pressure on Napoli with rout of Sassuolo• Barcelona held to 1-1 draw at EspanyolGonzalo Higuaín scored a second-half hat-trick as Juventus beat Sassuolo 7-0 to keep the pressure on Napoli in the Serie A title battle.Juve were already fo…

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Jan 29

Milan’s spirit under Gennaro Gattuso starts to win over the doubters | Paolo Bandini

Milan’s manager has plenty to learn tactically but the 2-1 win over Lazio suggests his man-management is paying dividendsGennaro Gattuso accepted his punishment. Walking out on to the pitch after Milan’s game against Lazio, he bowed his head and entere…

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Jan 27

European roundup: Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid sink Valencia

• Madrid bounce back from Copa del Rey defeat with a 4-1 win• Bayern survive early scare against Hoffenheim to win 5-2Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as Real Madrid hit back from their miserable start to 2018 with a rousing 4-1 win at Valencia.M…

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Jan 27

European roundup: Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid sink Valencia

• Madrid bounce back from Copa del Rey defeat with a 4-1 win• Bayern survive early scare against Hoffenheim to win 5-2Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as Real Madrid hit back from their miserable start to 2018 with a rousing 4-1 win at Valencia.M…

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Jan 26

Venice attracts 30m tourists a year. Why do so few visit its football club?

Venice has sold a myth of itself to tourists for centuries, so why has no one ever never succeeded in promoting its football club?By Patrick Graham for The Gentleman UltraThe travel writer Thomas Watkins wrote: “There is no country so much frequented y…

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Jan 25

Why Italian football does not make sense in the English language

English commentary suits Premier League games but it fails to describe what is really going on when two Italian clubs meetBy Sam Griswold for These Football TimesAs a football fan living in the US, I’m amazed at how many games are available on TV these…

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Jan 24

How Claude Puel calmed Leicester down and carried them up the table

Leicester’s defence was struggling but Puel has helped them put together a run of five games without conceding a goalBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkWhen Leicester City appointed Claude Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare, the …

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Jan 22

Lazio find value in Simone Inzaghi and transfers to rise by different route | Paolo Bandini

The club’s canny acquisitions and the manager’s brand of football where his side refuse to let up even after an opponent’s will has been broken lift them to third placeLazio won at San Siro on Sunday. An impressive feat at any time but all the more so …

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Jan 20

Napoli fans’ scudetto fever adds to pressure on Sarri’s thin squad | Paolo Bandini

The spellbinding Serie A leaders are starting to believe in a first title since Diego Maradona but they must hold their nerveSerie A’s winter break arrived later than usual this season. The Italian top flight is set to resume on Sunday after a one-week…

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Jan 08

Can Benevento stay up after Massimo Coda’s golden spell against Sampdoria? | Paolo Bandini

After collecting a point from their opening 18 matches, have Benevento turned their luck around courtesy of the resurgence of a journeyman striker?Sampdoria were seeing witches on Saturday. So was everyone else in Italy, to be fair. This was the weeken…

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