Fabio Paratici talks plus international call-ups

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Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici received yesterday the Manlio Scopigno Award and talked to the press in that occasion, starting with his new leading role: “Operating behind the scenes suited me, not just because of corporate choice, but due to my character. Things will change now, but I will keep working to make Juventus more competitive. I share this award with my co-workers and I dedicate it to Giuseppe Marotta, who groomed me and taught me a lot. I will forever be thankful for what he has done.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo: “He has our full support, we hold him in high regard. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 7

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A seminal Serie A weekend is approaching, featuring the Derby della Capitale and Juventus-Napoli.

Roma-Lazio: the Giallorossi shook off at least part of the negativity surrounding them by routing Frosinone on Wednesday, which is not particularly difficult these days, but they needed it. They had won just in the opening round. The Biancocelesti keep feasting on the minnows and are coming off four wins in a row. La Lupa has been so inconsistent so far, but 4-2-3-1 with Javier Pastore in the hole and Steven Nzonzi and Daniele De Rossi screening the defence might ultimately be the way to go, at least in big matches. Stephan El Shaarawy has been their most trustworthy player so far, but Cengiz Under broke through on Wednesday and he does not need a lot to get hot. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 6

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Inter-Fiorentina: the Beneamata is coming off a rewarding result against Sampdoria, their second win in Serie A. They have showed some improvements between the last game and the one versus Tottenham, but they have not turned the corner yet. For instance, they have not found a way to constantly feed Mauro Icardi in the box, and he is still scoreless in the domestic league. Ivan Perisic and Radja Nainggolan have compensated on that front, then their dangerousness on set pieces has helped. Antonio Candreva has surprisingly looked better than the newcomers Matteo Politano and Balde Keita. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 6 & 7

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A two-game round is coming up, so it is better to play the hits rather than chasing longshots.

Emil Audero: Sampdoria have conceded the least goals so far, three, and the youngster certainly held his own. They have a reasonably favourable schedule, considering they will face Cagliari on the road, which will likely be without Leonardo Pavoletti and then will host SPAL.

Domenico Criscito: similarly to Blucerchiati, Genoa have two decent match-ups in the next four days, as they will face the sputtering Chievo at home and then pay a visit to the reeling Frosinone. The ex-Zenit has already picked up three assists. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 5

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Standings implications: Juventus eked out a win in Frosinone, while Napoli prevailed rather easily in the lunch match in Turin. Lazio put together a three-game winning streak by topping minnows. Milan and Atalanta shared the spoils in a very entertaining game. Inter grabbed their second Serie A win in dramatic fashion, while Roma are officially in a tailspin after the shocking loss to Bologna. Sassuolo and Fiorentina remain in the upper part of the standings thanks to their convincing victories over Empoli and SPAL, Udinese are a little lower, but still in a pretty good spot after defeating Chievo. Parma defeated a direct rival like Cagliari. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 4

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Serie A is back after the annoying international break: here are the suggested players to select.

Alfred Gomis: SPAL so far have had the best defence in the league, allowing just one goal in three matches. Only Fiorentina matched them, but in one fewer fixture. It will not be easy against Atalanta on Monday night, but they have been so stingy so far.

Bartosz Bereszynski: Frosinone are one of the two teams which have yet to score a single goal in Serie A and they looked so toothless, with Federico Dionisi, Joel Campbell and Daniel Ciofani all injured. The Pole also delivered the assist for Fabio Quagliarella’s wondergoal two weeks ago. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Recap – Round 1

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Here’s the quick recap of what went down in most of the Serie A opening round.

Standings implications: obviously these will not be relevant for a while, anyway Juventus, Napoli and Roma got off to a good start despite some labour, while Lazio and Inter stumbled. Empoli and SPAL grabbed three important points, Parma and Udinese shared the spoils in a sneakily entertaining game.

Confirmations: Ciro Immobile and Arek Milik showed once again to be sensational goal poachers, the Pole has just been held back by injuries. Lorenzo Insigne hit the net as well. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Week 1

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Serie A is finally here after a compelling transfer market window.

Chievo-Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo will debut in Verona, a city where the Old Lady has had a lot of success, winning in the last six trips. There is obviously a lot of curiosity to see how Massimiliano Allegri will feature the Portuguese ace and whether he will be quick to adapt to the new scenario. Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa have looked good in pre-season, while Mario Mandzukic was late to the party. Continue reading

Solid signings for Lazio ahead of 2018-19 Serie A season

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All off the transfer talk in Serie A this summer has been dominated by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus from Real Madrid.

The Turin club have spent a total of €221 million on transfers ahead of the new season – with defender Joao Cancelo and Douglas Costa joining Ronaldo at the club.

Fellow big hitters Inter Milan, Napoli and Roma have also been busy spending money with total purchases at €66, €84 and €109 million respectively.

AC Milan have shelled out just €25.5 million so far, bringing in Nikola Kalinic and Fabio Borini, however their spending has been curbed due to UEFA pressure over Financial Fair Play.

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Serie A stars flop with Serbia and Poland

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The review the Serie A’s player showings in Russia continue with two teams who got a lot of attention over here: Serbia and Polonia. The first one because of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lazio’s crown jewel, who could be involved in a massive transfer this summer, the second because it was the national team with the most player coming from the Italian League. It is fair to say that they did not live up to the expectations in both cases.

The star midfielder had a positive debut against Costa Rica, where once again he dispensed classy plays, but faded in the next two games, where he was unable to get it going. Continue reading