It’s no use. Napoli failed once again – for the sixth time in six European encounters - to beat Real Madrid as they succumbed 4-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night. They held their own for 84 minutes, then a goal from 19-year-old Nico Paz made their resistance collapse. The Partenopei will thus need to wait two more weeks to get their ticket to the Champions League Round of 16. Continue reading
The Azzurri's poorest showing since Roberto Mancini is in charge costed much to Italy, who failed to break the Northern Ireland wall on Monday night and failed to qualify directly to World Cup 2022.
It’s no use. Napoli failed once again – for the sixth time in six European encounters - to beat Real Madrid as they succumbed 4-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night. They held their own for 84 minutes, then a goal from 19-year-old Nico Paz made their resistance collapse. The Partenopei will thus need to wait two more weeks to get their ticket to the Champions League Round of 16.
Los Merengues had the last laugh with substitutes Nico Paz and Joselu maintaining their side's perfect record. So here are our player ratings for Napoli who will have to earn qualification in the final matchday after suffering a 2-4 defeat against Real Madrid.
Inter are in pole position to sign Bento from Athletico Paranaense. They have to decide whether to capitalize on their advantage over the competition or continue with their current goalies past this season. The Nerazzurri signed two shot-stoppers last summer, Yann Sommer and Emil Audero.
Thiago Motta is inevitably drawing the attention of major clubs considering Bologna’s great success and his very modern style. Milan and Roma will likely need a new coach at the end of the season and are leading the race to snap him up.
Milan scouted Bologna linchpin Lewis Ferguson in the recent game versus Torino, while Juventus have been after him for a while. He has ideal traits to address their needs, but the Felsinei are adamant about not selling him in January. He reportedly has a €15M price tag.
The Inter execs will talk shop with the entourage of Mehdi Taremi as they have traveled to Portugal to attend the match against Benfica. They are preparing a Bosman move, while an attempt for January hinges on the performances of Marko Arnautovic and Alexis Sanchez.
Edoardo Bove has been a regular since José Mourinho started guiding Roma. As the Special One often recalls, he was bound to be loaned out to Serie C when he joined. Instead, he has more than held his own in the top flight and Europe.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito quickly changed his tone after criticizing Maurizio Sarri and the squad in previous days following the win over Celtic Glasgow that granted them the qualification to the next Champions League stage: “The boss has never been on the hot seat. I had said that beforehand too."
Malick Thiaw went down with a thigh injury during the clash with Borussia Dortmund. Stefano Pioli was forced to field Rade Krunic since he ran out of healthy bodies in the back. Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjaer, Marco Pellegrini, and Mattia Caldara are hurt as well.
Juventus are set to renew their efforts to extend the contract of Federico Chiesa. They had tried unsuccessfully at the beginning of the season. The expiry date is 2025. They need to come to terms before June, or he’ll be put on the market to avoid a Bosman departure.
Fiorentina spent a lot to overhaul their attack last summer, but they haven’t gotten great returns on their investments. M’Bala Nzola and Lucas Beltran have combined for just four goals. The Argentine has yet to score in Serie A. Despite that, they might not seek a new striker in January.
Roma have been hard at work to find a new defender, but they are set to welcome back one of their own before the start of the January window, Marash Kumbulla. The youngster returned to limited training on Tuesday. He could be ready to play in a month.