José Mourinho has publicly thanked the brass for their support following the Sassuolo game amid an ongoing investigation after his preventive comments about the referee. The hierarchy had rarely joined the Special One in his battles in his two years at the helm.
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis made a surprise announcement over the weekend, stating that the renewal of Victor Osimhen was in its final stages and that only the signature was missing. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the striker will stay put for the long haul.
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.
Fresh off a victorious Serie A weekend, Napoli take a mouth-watering trip to the Santiago Bernabeu to encounter Real Madrid. Wednesday's Champions League showdown in the Spanish capital comes at a suitable moment for the visiting team.
Several teams, including Juventus, Milan, and Inter, have taken notice of Claudio Echeverri, who turned heads during the recent U-17 World Cup. He had a hat-trick versus Brazil. A host of suitors have already lined up ahead of the next transfer windows, with Real Madrid leading the race.
Roma came within a hair’s width from acquiring Marcos Leonardo last summer. Santos ultimately decided to keep him as they had already sold other talents and were struggling in league play. The Giallorossi were very confident about the purchase being simply postponed after deadline day, but their optimism has progressively waned.
Denzel Dumfries is reportedly being eyed by Real Madrid ahead of a possible chase next summer. However, they’ll target him only if the Dutchman doesn’t extend his contract beforehand. He’s currently tied to Inter until 2025. The Nerazzurri have been in talks with his camp in recent weeks.
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is away on international duty with Georgia as Willy Sagnol's men draw an ill-fated Euro 2024 qualifying campaign to a close on Sunday. Regardless of the outcome of tonight's clash against Spain in Valladolid, the Crusaders won't appear at next summer's tournament in Germany.
Portugal icon Pepe has entered the UEFA Champions League history books by becoming the oldest outfield player to appear in the competition, aged 40 years and 241 days. The former Real Madrid defender played the full 90 minutes in the 4-1 victory over Royal Antwerp.
With Carlo Ancelotti in line to coach Brazil from next year onwards, Mourinho has reportedly received interest from Los Blancos’ end. The Special One is atop the record-European champions’ wishlist to succeed Don Carlo. His Roma contract expires at the end of the season.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has taken account of the illegal betting case that has rocked calcio, with several Italian stars such as Sandro Tonali, Nicolò Fagioli and Nicolo Zaniolo all in the spotlight for the wrong reasons: "It was a serious negligence on the part of these kids."