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ITALIAN SERIE A

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Napoli 17 3 1 54
2 Juventus 16 2 2 50
3 Lazio 13 4 3 43
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Napoli boss Sarri blasts fixtures 'mistake' as Juventus get to play first

Maurizio Sarri said he was worried nobody had noticed the run of fixtures.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has hit out at what he called a "gigantic mistake" in the fixture list, which has title rivals Juventus playing before his side for the next nine games in a row.

Napoli played before Juventus at the weekend, beating Atalanta 1-0 to go four points clear at the top before Juve play Genoa on Monday.

Speaking after his side's win, Sarri said: "This doesn't make any sense and it's a huge mistake.

"It is partly due to the fact that on a couple of occasions Juventus need to...

 By Ben Gladwell

Gianluigi Buffon unable to equal Serie A appearances record this season

Gianluigi Buffon has not appeared for Juventus since Dec. 1, a win against Napoli, because of a calf injury.

Gianluigi Buffon will no longer be able to match Paolo Maldini's Serie A appearances record if he retires at the end of the season after being ruled out of Juventus' game against Genoa on Monday.

Buffon, 39, has made 629 appearances in Italy's top flight -- but with 17 games left after Monday he would only be able to reach 646 this season, one short of Maldini's record.

A calf injury has kept Buffon out of action since Dec. 1, and the problem means he is again unable to play on Monday.

However,...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus to 'intensify' pursuit of Liverpool's Emre Can - Beppe Marotta

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol assesses rumours around Peter Crouch, Cristiano Ronaldo, Emre Can, Olivier Giroud and many more in Transfer Rater.
Shaka Hislop assesses Liverpool's current goalkeeping situation and identifies potential targets for a summer move to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is developing well at Liverpool because he is playing in his 'dream' midfield role.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is remains a target for Juventus according to the club's general manager Beppe Marotta but a deal will not happen before the summer.

Can is out of contract at the end of June and the Bianconeri are keen on making him their first summer signing.

Talks with the player have taken place already and Marotta says these will now progress as they look to convince the Germany international to move to Italy.

"Emre Can is a player whose contract expires on June 30 and the rules...

 By Ben Gladwell

Paulo Dybala a doubt for Champions League game vs. Tottenham

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels Paulo Dybala needs to leave Juve in order to rekindle his form of old, but is a move to Real Madrid in the cards?

Paulo Dybala remains a doubt to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League next month after further tests on the Juventus forward's damaged thigh confirmed initial fears.

Argentina international Dybala, 24, sprained a thigh in Juve's 1-0 win over Cagliari in their final fixture before Serie A's two-week winter break on Jan. 6 and was initially expected to miss up to six weeks.

The Bianconeri resumed training on Tuesday after a nine-day break, but Dybala -- together with Claudio Marchisio, who...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sponsorships enlarging financial gap below top clubs - UEFA study

The FC crew praise Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance, but cast doubt on their ability to win the Champions League, despite favourable odds.

The financial gap between Europe's biggest clubs and the rest of the continent is increasing because of the growing impact of sponsorships, a UEFA study has revealed.

The confederation's governing body released its massive "European Club Footballing Landscape" report on Tuesday, covering multiple financial analyses as well as teams' impacts including attendances and social media profiles.

The overall picture was one of financial health for top-division clubs, with a year-on-year revenue growth of...