Brahim: ‘Milan must aspire to win the Scudetto’ | Football Italia

  New attacking midfielder Brahim Diaz has claimed Milan ‘must aspire to win the Scudetto’ and vowed to ‘do his best to achieve great things’.

  Diaz moved from Real Madrid on loan and wants to help the Rossoneri to immediate success in Serie A 2020-21.

  “Milan must also aspire to win the Scudetto, not only a place in the Champions League” he told at a press conference.

  “The purchase of [Sandro] Tonali and the confirmation of [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic are excellent signs. We can do great things.

  “This is a club with an immense history and finished the last season very well. It’s a pleasure to play here and special to train at Milanello. There’s great service and the facilities to do big things.

  “The most important thing is to train and try all the tactics to put them in practice. The welcome was wonderful. It’s a club with 100-years of history and I hope to do great things here.”

  If Diaz becomes a success at San Siro, Milan will have to enter new discussions with Real Madrid next summer, but the young forward wants to focus on 2020-21 for now.

  “I will not talk

about this, this year I will only think about Milan and I’m focused on the results,” he added.

  “I had many offers, but Milan are a historic team with people who are working their best to reach the position he deserves.”

  He highlighted that Paolo Maldini helped persuade him and revealed he found a ‘great atmosphere’ in the dressing room at Milan.

  “Maldini was certainly an incentive, it’s a pleasure to play here. He is a legend in the world of football.

  “Many legends come to mind, because this is such a big club that everyone remembers the players who played here.

  “There’s a beautiful spirit, a beautiful environment. There’s a really good atmosphere and I hope we can do great things.

  “I’m ready, I feel good. Physically I’m fine. I’ll give it my all and do my best for this great club, I want to do great things.”

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Better the Devil you know | Football Italia

  Every time a new campaign begins, we end up saying the same old clichés about starting from scratch, turning points, the pressure is on this coach or that player. We go into 2020-21 after a practically non-existent pre-season, with the transfer window still open for several weeks and teams in a constant state of flux.

  When there’s no time to prepare, practice or check for the flaws in a strategy, that’s when relying on what you know becomes truly valuable. Casting an eye over the 2020-21 Serie A Season Preview, we see the importance of picking up exactly where you left off. The teams who maintained their basic structure and continue the work done by the coaches in the final months of the last campaign will have a significant advantage over the others, at least in the early rounds. That means Lazio, Milan, Atalanta and Inter have the opportunity to get points on the board and surge away from other potential top four candidates who are taking the tougher path.

  For the second year running, Juventus are scrapping a Scudetto-winning project to bring in a new coach with a completely different mindset to his predecessor. Andrea Pirlo has more in common with Maurizio Sarri than the ex-Napoli boss ever did with Max Allegri, but we already saw the difficulty these Bianconeri stars have in adapting their movements. They are like old dogs who resist new tricks, not because they are incapable of learning them, but because it is difficult to convince someone who won nine Serie A titles in a row that they need to change.

  Hiring Pirlo had precious little to do with his tactical acumen, which remains entirely unknown to fans, players and President alike. It was a gesture to get the spoilt champions on board, give them someone they will automatically respect and listen to due to his playing career. The problem is that any new coach will take time to get his movements drilled into the minds of the players, even more so a tactician who has never worked as a boss before and has a shorter pre-season than most to get it all done.

  It’d be worth checking the live betting for odds on Sampdoria getting at least a point from the Allianz Stadium in the opening game. Even rougher for the Bianconeri will be the next few rounds, against Roma, Napoli, newly-promoted Crotone and Ivan Juric’s surprise outfit Hellas Verona. That’s a rough start to any season, let alone one with so much uncertainty within the reigning champions.

  Of course, we said all this last year too, that it would take Juve a long time to get to grips with Sarri’s tactics. Ultimately, they never managed it at all, but got through by the skin of their teeth thanks to the old-school Old Lady approach: grit, determination, grinding out results. They won the Scudetto by default, as the chasing pack were so busy tripping up over their own feet that they never got close enough to take the leaders down.

  So, tip Juventus to get off to a difficult start. Inter have an extra week to prepare for their debut against Fiorentina, having ended their campaign late in the Europa League Final, and are relatively unchanged. Napoli transformed their attack and it remains to be seen if Kalidou Koulibaly will still be there once the Serie A fixtures kick off. Atalanta generally start seasons slow under Gian Piero Gasperini anyway, so don’t be surprised if they struggle a little in the opening weeks while they get that diesel motor of a team up and running to full speed.

  Lazio have a very different problem. This is a team that is practically unchanged since last season, which is good for a strong start to the campaign. They’ll need that when beginning against Atalanta, Cagliari and Inter. The problem is they’ve still got the same issues as last term, with


the added bonus of Champions League football that will deplete their resources quicker than the Europa League group stage ever did. There can be no resting of half the squad on a Thursday evening, no writing off the tournament as even less important than the Coppa Italia. Simone Inzaghi needs reinforcements, he was promised them, and so far they have not arrived. Mohamed Fares is an excellent buy, as he already knows the system and his old SPAL teammate Manuel Lazzari, but the others just aren’t up to scratch for a side in three major tournaments.

  Milan did not change, they added, and that could finally push them into the top four. The early fixtures also look promising, Bologna, Crotone, Spezia, until Inter and Roma come along with the big tests. Another side that evolved rather than revolutionised is Sassuolo, and under Roberto De Zerbi, they truly can be a force this season. A relatively easy run of early fixtures can put them on the map and boost confidence.

  I worry for Torino, Cagliari and Parma, sides under new coaches with extremely specific tactics that are not easy to grasp. We saw how badly Marco Giampaolo and Eusebio Di Francesco did last term adapting to new environments, while Fabio Liverani’s approach could not be more different to predecessor Roberto D’Aversa. It’s going to be a rough opening few rounds for clubs unaccustomed to being in the danger zone.

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Napoli won’t miss Everton’s Allan | Football Italia

  It would have been strange to suggest that Napoli wouldn’t miss Allan if the Brazilian left the Partenopei at the same time as Jorginho in 2018, but times change. One of Maurizio Sarri’s most important players at the club until that summer, the former Udinese man often embodied a warrior-like box to box role in the heart of the midfield. His job was to protect Jorginho and make up for his occasional defensive lapses. He had to recycle possession quickly and often get involved in play as well.

  After Sarri departed for Stamford Bridge and Carlo Ancelotti took over at the Stadio San Paolo, things changed for Allan. Don Carlo did start with Sarri’s 4-3-3 in the beginning of the 2018-19 season, slowly transitioned to a 4-4-2 as the campaign progressed. As a result of this, Allan’s role constantly changed in the heart of the park. He often played in a double pivot beside a more attacking player in Piotr Zielinski or Fabian Ruiz in a system that hardly saw Napoli dominate as much possession as they did under Sarri.

  Even at Udinese and then under Sarri, Allan was more used to venturing forwarding quite a few times in games. His chance creation was higher and he was seen as one of the best box to box midfielders in Serie A. Playing a lot deeper under Ancelotti was a different experience and while he did enjoy a good 2018-19 campaign, things changed even more last season.

  Ancelotti’s 4-4-2 shape lacked a proper holding midfielder and teams could play through the Partenopei with little effort. When Allan struggled in the defensive midfield role, Ancelotti tried Zielinski and even Fabian Ruiz there and that didn’t quite work out too well either. Napoli were constantly getting over-run on the counter-attack and despite screams from fans to turn to the old 4-3-3, Ancelotti never really fancied that. The recruitment wasn’t done for a 4-4-2 and it showed, as Allan endured struggles on and off the pitch.

  For the first time in many years, constant fitness issues cropped up. His game time in Serie A halved and fatigue became a main issue. There were constant knee issues that left him on the bench more than he’d have liked. In a sense, it was perhaps Allan’s worst season in a Napoli shirt – due to the fitness issues and the failure to perform that came as a result.

  Ancelotti’s exit brought Gennaro Gattuso to Naples and while expectations were low, Rino gave a structure to the Napoli midfield with the signing of Diego Demme from RB Leipzig. He went back to the 4-3-3 with the only difference being the pragmatism in his approach. Stanislav Lobotka arrived as a box to box option as well and donned the role of rotating with Zielinski. Fabian, as a result, became their regular advanced midfield option.

  While Allan did start in the first five games under Rino, he was largely unimpressive in a run of one win in five. Again, the fitness issues struck. The Brazilian could start only two league games after that, as he fell down the pecking order. The way the campaign panned out hardly makes it a surprise that Napoli got rid of Allan. A case can be made of the fact that they should have moved him on in January 2019 when Paris Saint-Germain were offering upwards of €50m.

  They could have got a higher fee and that might have helped them bring in a replacement much earlier. Roma’s Jordan Veretout continues to be linked with a move to the San Paolo and while it remains to be seen if the Frenchman can make another move after joining from Fiorentina, the last few months suggest Napoli will not miss Allan at all.

  This is why his move to Everton makes sense largely because of Ancelotti’s presence at Goodison Park. He does add structure to the midfield, and despite struggling last season, he did win an average of over three tackles per 90 minutes. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s past his prime and if Everton had scoured through the market, they might have found cheaper alternatives.

  As we’ve seen many times in the past though, Don Carlo knows how to get the most out of certain players. It will be interesting to see how this pans out with Allan, but one can’t help but feel it’s a situation where Napoli and the


player will always think about what might’ve been if he’d gone to PSG.

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Official: Benevento sign Caprari | Football Italia

  Benevento have officially announced the arrival of Gianluca Caprari from Sampdoria.

  The forward arrives to the Stadio Ciro Vigorito


on loan with an option to buy, as the Streghe continue to reinforce their squad ahead of their return to Serie A in 2020-21.

  “Benevento Calcio announce the temporary signing of Gianluca Caprari with an option to buy from Sampdoria,” the club wrote in a statement.

  Caprari played in the top flight for both Parma and Sampdoria last term and made his Serie A debut with Roma in May 2011, in a goalless draw against Milan.


  #BENVENUTOCAPRARI #LETSGO #ForzaStrega #BeneventoCalcio

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  — Benevento Calcio (@bncalcio) September 4, 2020

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Why Inter have Messi ‘advantage’ over Man City | Football Italia

  Mundo Deportivo claim that Inter ‘have a clear advantage over PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United’ in the race to sign Lionel Messi because of a tax law.

  The club legend sent a fax today demanding he be released from his contract a year early as a free agent, although Barcelona maintain the clause allowing that has expired.

  If he does leave, then there are only a select number of European clubs who can afford to pay his wages.

  “Inter have a clear advantage over PSG, Manchester City and Manchester United, which is Italy’s taxation laws,” wrote Mundo Deportivo writer Francesc Aguilar on Twitter.

  “Inter could deal with the transfer operation more easily and Leo would have fewer taxes to pay than in Spain or England.”

  Messi famously was involved in a tax evasion scandal and trial involving his father in 2016.

  Messi’s father Jorge purchased a luxury apartment in the centre of Milan a couple of months ago, prompting Gazzetta dello Sport speculation that the player would soon follow.

  That wasn’t just a real estate deal, it allowed Jorge Messi to register

Italy as his main residence, which in turn means he can benefit from the tax law meant to encourage foreign investment in the country.

  This was cited as one of the reasons Cristiano Ronaldo chose to leave Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.

  Meanwhile, RMC Sport in France are confident the only candidates who can genuinely sign Messi are Inter and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

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David Silva snubs Lazio for Real Sociedad | Football Italia

  David Silva has turned Lazio down, choosing to sign for


Real Sociedad instead, making the move official this evening.

  He was a free agent after his contract with Manchester City expired, ending 10 years at the club.

  The deal with Lazio had seemingly been done last week, but the days dragged on amid reports he wasn’t taking their calls.

  Valencia were mentioned as potential candidates, along with Napoli and Juventus, but in a shock move this evening, Real Sociedad announced David Silva had signed a contract with them until June 2022.

  The 34-year-old had been offered a three-year contract worth €4m per season, Champions League football and perks including use of a private jet to visit his family.

  However, it seems as if the call of home was too great and he wanted a return to Spain.

  COMUNICADO OFICIAL La Real ficha a @21LVA #OngiEtorriDavid #AurreraReala

  — Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) August 17, 2020

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Juric the Gasperini protege | Football Italia

  Towards the end of last season, Hellas Verona were in a bad place. They had finally sacked Fabio Grosso, who despite having one of the strongest squads in Serie B, was struggling to mount any kind of genuine promotion challenge. In came Alfredo Aglietti, who performed a miracle to lead a lacklustre Gialloblu to promotion through the play-offs – only to be later dismissed.

  A little over a year later, Hellas, who were expected to go straight back down, have defied all expectations to sit firmly in mid-table, well away from the bottom three. The mastermind behind all of this is Aglietti’s replacement Ivan Juric, a protege of one of the most respected coaches in Europe, Gian Piero Gasperini. Though his road to Verona was an eventful one.

  Juric first met Gasperini during his playing career, when the latter was appointed as Crotone manager in 2003. Under Gasperini, the Calabrese would win promotion to Serie B and achieve their joint-highest ever league finish. When the Piedmont tactician was given the Genoa job in 2006, Juric followed, becoming a key part of the team that secured a return to the top-flight after an absence of eleven years.

  The Croatian would represent I Grifone for three more seasons before hanging up his boots in 2010. Shortly after, he set about starting his coaching career, studying for his badges and becoming assistant manager of Genoa’s Primavera team. Just a year later, Gasperini appointed him as his assistant at his new club, Internazionale.

  This was a clear indication of the excellent rapport between the two men and Gasperini’s recognition of Juric’s footballing intelligence and coaching potential. Gasperini didn’t last long at Inter and Juric followed him to his next club, Palermo, where they had two separate spells thanks to the trigger-happy nature of the owner at the time, Maurizio Zamparini.

  In 2013, Juric decided he was ready to forge his own managerial career. He returned to Genoa to manage their Primavera team for a season before moving to third-tier side Mantova. The Croatian had teething problems at the start of his spell at the Danilo Martelli, however, winning just one of his first 10 games, but would eventually lead them to a comfortable mid-table finish.

  Despite this inauspicious start to his coaching career, Serie B outfit Crotone would appoint him as their manager at the start of the 2015-16 season. The year before, I Pitagorici had finished just one point above the relegation places. With Juric at the helm – alongside a number of key additions including Alex Cordaz, Federico Ricci and Ante Budimir – Crotone would unexpectedly challenge for promotion to Serie A.

  They occupied one of the two automatic promotion spots for most of the season and ultimately won promotion to Serie A for the first time in their history. Naturally, Juric’s historic achievement would catch the attention of a bigger club and he wouldn’t remain at Crotone for their maiden season in the top-flight.

  In the summer of 2016, Gasperini, who had been back at Genoa for three seasons by that point, left the Luigi Ferraris to take charge of Atalanta. The stars were aligned. Juric was a promising, young coach who already knew the club well and possessed similar ideas to his mentor. Thus, he became Gasperini’s replacement at Genoa.

  To say his time at Genoa was chaotic would be an understatement. His first spell lasted less than a year; sacked in February 2017 after a humiliating 5-0 defeat to bottom-placed Pescara. Just two months later, he was back, but was sacked again 12 games into the 2017-18 season, with the Grifone sitting in the relegation zone.

  So it was a massive shock when, early into the 2018-19 season, Juric returned for a third spell following the dismissal of Davide Ballardini. He lasted just seven games, with no wins, before being sacked again.

  By this point, his managerial reputation was in tatters. He had gone from one of the most exciting coaches in Italy to a punchline. So his appointment at Hellas Verona in June 2019 was met with understandable scepticism. But in less than a year, he’s managed to restore his reputation and then some.

  Juric had Hellas competing for a Europa League spot for most of the season, despite minimal spending in the transfer market. They’ve fallen away from contention for Europe since the restart, but they still seem likely to finish in the top-half, a stellar achievement for a team that everyone doubted last August.

  The Croatian has earned praise from his mentor, Gasperini, for his accomplishments. “I think they’re the revelation of the season, also because of the playing style they have developed.”

  Gasperini’s praise of his protege’s tactical approach is amusing, since the two employ a very similar style of play. Both tend to set out their teams in a 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-1-2 formation, with a positive and aggressive approach to the game. Clearly, Juric has learned a lot from the nine years spent with the 62-year-old tactician.

  There’s still a long way to go until he can match Gasperini’s achievements, but he is taking it slower now. He has recently signed a new deal with Verona, indicating that he feels there is still much work to do before he can move on to bigger things.

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Fourth place might not guarantee Champions League | Football Italia

  There is a possible, albeit remote, chance that the team finishing fourth in Serie A this season won’t qualify for the Champions League.

  Usually, the top four from the Italian league would automatically gain entry to the Champions League group phase.

  However, there are some circumstances for the 2019-20 Serie A campaign where that might not necessarily be true.

  If Napoli were to win the Champions League, they would be given a spot in the tournament next season.

  Similarly, if Roma win the Europa League, then they too are given a place in the Champions League.

  If both those events happen, with Napoli and Roma outside the top four, then UEFA rules come into play.

  Only five clubs from a single nation are allowed to compete in the Champions League in one season.

  Therefore, the Europa League and Champions League winners would be given places, with the side finishing fourth in Serie A dropping to the Europa League.

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Worst Juve to win the Scudetto | Football Italia

  Thank goodness we have Atalanta. After another season where Juventus have been allowed to sleepwalk to the Scudetto, the Dea put their traditional rivals to shame last night, holding them to a 2-2 draw in Turin. Two penalties stopped Atalanta from taking all three points and, staying true to form for the Calcio community, the debate quickly escalated into whether they should’ve been given at all, but there were far more pressing matters for the Bianconeri to consider. If there were any doubts before, their visitors made sure there aren’t any now.

  In no way should this blog be construed as a case of Juve’s failings being the primary motivation for the result. Atalanta proved their status as the best team in Italy on current form, doing their bit to stop us from falling out of love with football during the coronavirus pandemic by serving up some swashbuckling football. Milan must be similarly commended for their 4-2 win, but the difference is Gian Piero Gasperini’s side dominated the Old Lady away from home, facing a full-strength team that included Paulo Dybala and Matthijs de Ligt.

  Sarri has a huge job on his hands. Tasked with transforming Juve’s style of play, that couldn’t happen without some sort of transition period – or, in other words, a season possibly without silverware. Chelsea even showed them what not to do with him last term. Although he won them a Europa League and qualified them for the Champions League, fans were generally unhappy with what they perceived to be a pedestrian brand of football. He was also insufficiently backed in the transfer market as only Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain came in.

  Judging by how the Sarri effect is already fizzling out, it seems Andrea Agnelli and his fellow board members didn’t take much notice. Last summer should’ve marked the start of a revolution, when the older guard began to make way for a younger, more proactive type of player. Instead, they looked dazed and confused against Atalanta, stuck between their past and present. After years of being drilled by Max Allegri, the club was wrong to expect much of his squad to suddenly discard the formula that had just won an eighth straight Scudetto.

  Even worse, Agnelli and co. were wrong assume Juve’s players could suddenly adapt to ‘Sarri-ball’. It’s said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and that’s the Bianconeri right now – bored dogs with no desire to change. Rather tellingly, after Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from the spot last night, he didn’t pick the ball out of the net or run straight back to the centre-circle. Instead, he was happy to perform his trademark celebration with his teammates not far behind. For a team who pride themselves on winning at all costs, that was hardly the case.

  Maybe the celebrations were a sense of relief at how they had a route back in after a first half where Atalanta played them off park, particularly in central midfield. Juve once had the luxury of Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio, who could do it all, scoring more than 20 league goals in each season between 2012 and 2015. In contrast, their midfield men this term have so far managed a meagre seven. Compared to the Orobici’s 15, It confirms just how safe they’ve become and what little impact Aaron Ramsey has had since arriving from Arsenal.

  Rodrigo Bentancur may grow into the ‘regista’ role, but his development will be bottlenecked for as long as he is partnered with the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Adrien Rabiot and Sami Khedira. Miralem Pjanic being swapped for Arthur Melo is a step in the right direction, but Sarri will need much more than the Barcelona man. The lame nature of Juve’s midfield reached a new low when Atalanta prevented them from venturing into their half for eight minutes. Not only can’t they score but, as yesterday’s visitors showed, they can’t press properly either.

  Atalanta’s all-out attacking approach is rightly winning all the plaudits, but their ability to unearth hidden gems is what truly sets them apart. Whereas Ramsey, Alex Sandro, Douglas Costa and Gonzalo Higuain all struggled to make an impact for Juve off the bench, Ruslan Malinovskyi was silky and spritely, blasting in his side’s second goal. A special mention also goes to Adrien Tameze. The 26-year-old barely played for Nice before January yet didn’t put a foot wrong during his cameo, slotting straight in for Remo Freuler and recycling possession like a seasoned pro.

  Scoring two penalties in one game like Ronaldo did is no mean feat, but it also shows how far Juve have fallen that they are relying on spot-kicks just to draw a game, regardless of the opposition. Atalanta’s strong form since the restart is probably too little too late for the Scudetto and the Bianconeri sit eight points clear at the top, going into the final six fixtures. They have set the bar in Serie A for the past eight years, with no-one able to come close to them, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact this Juve will be the worst of the lot to win the title.

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