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Gabbiadini to leave Napoli
Manolo Gabbiadini will leave Napoli because he is “not suited to Maurizio Sarri’s football,” confirmed President Aurelio De Laurentiis. “It’s not that he wasn’t able to express himself, but rather different things are asked of him and they are not in his wheelhouse,” De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss. “Gabbiadini scored many goals at Sampdoria and also here under Rafa Benitez, so with a system other than the one Sarri uses he should have a better chance of being decisive. “I thought that his performance in the first season was due to physical issues, but that wasn’t the case. He is simply not suited to Sarri’s football. “Something that doesn’t fit cannot be made to fit, like an out of key note in a harmony. Sarri cannot lose points to help one player improve.” Gabbiadini had the perfect way to say goodbye, keeping ice cool to convert a last-gasp penalty as Napoli held Fiorentina 3-3 on Thursday evening.
Napoli trash Cagliari with Mertens scoring three
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Champions League. All teams which made it to Round of 16
Champions League group stage is finished and we know the names of all 16 clubs that will continue their way in the competition. We introduce all the teams which have qualified for the Round of 16. Also, you can find the names of teams which will move to Europa League. Qualified from the first place Arsenal Napoli Barcelona Atletico Madrid Monaco Borussia Dortmund Leicester City Juventus Qualified from the second place Paris Saint-Germain Benfica Manchester City Bayern Munich Bayer Leverkusen Real Madrid Porto Sevilla Qualified for Europa League Ludogorets Razgrad Besiktas Borussia Monchengladbach Rostov Tottenham Legia Warsaw Copenhagen Olympique Lyonnais The draws for Champions League Round of 16 and Europa League Round of 32 will take place on Monday in Nyon and will start at 12:00 CET.
Champions League. Who’s out, who will still fight?
It's a Champions League day again and the last round of the group stage begins today. Some clubs have already booked their places in the play-offs and some others will fight till the last moment for a chance to play in the round of 16. Moreover, there will be a harsh competition for Europe League places, too. So we tell, who's out, who has everything secured and who will still fight for the right to live. Group A Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal have equal points (11) and top the group with the French side being the first thanks to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates stadium. They will meet Ludogorets and Basel respectively. If both of them record the same outcome, PSG will qualify from the first place. Ludogorets and Basel will fight for the third place. They both have 2 points. The first match between these clubs ended with a 1-1 draw. Ludogorets will qualify for Europe league only in case of victory or a 0-0 draw. All other outcomes guarantee a place for Basel in the Europe league playoffs. Group B The most unpredictable group. Three clubs are chasing the first place with neither of them being safe. Benfica and Napoli have 8 points both, though they meet each other today. Besiktas have 7 points and travel to Kyiv to face Dynamo. The latter has already lost all the chances to keep on playing in Europe. Benfica are now top of the group as they are the team with a higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question. The winner of Benfica - Napoli match will go through from the first place. If Besiktas lose to the already eliminated Ukrainian side, both Benfica and Napoli will qualify regardless of the result of their match. In case of a draw in Benfica - Napoli match, the Italian side will qualify since the first leg match ended with a 4-2 victory for Maruricio Sarri's men, given that Besiktas win. If Beşiktaş draw they will only progress if Napoli lose to Benfica. Group C A group where everything is already known. Barcelona top the group with 12 points being ahead of Manchester City which have 8 points in stock. Borussia Monchengladbach are the third with 5 points, while Celtic are fourth having won only two points. The Scot side cannot fight for the third place since they have lost once and drawn once against Borussia. Group D The first two places are already occupied. Atletico Madrid have managed to win all 5 group stage matches and will top the group regardless of the result in the upcoming clash against Bayern Munich. PSV and Rostov will fight for the third place to receive a right to play in Europe league. PSV proceed if and only if they beat the Russian side in a home game. All other results guarantee a promotion to Rostov.
Napoli reject Gabbiadini offer
Everton had a £14.5million rejected for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, according to Calciomercato. Gabbiadini has fallen down the pecking order at the Italian club, however, it’s reported that they want closer to £20m for the player.
Serie A duo want to sign Giroud
Milan and Napoli are lining up moves for out-of-favour Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to reports in Sport Mediaset. It is understood that both Serie A clubs will swoop for the France international when the transfer window reopens for business in January.
TOP 5 goals of yesterday’s Champions League matches
We have collected the best 5 goals of yesterday's UCL matches.
Napoli star on his way to England
Lorenzo Insigne could be on his way to Anfield after his reported wage demands of £100,000-a-week were turned down by the club. The attacking midfielder, who can also operate as a forward, is valued at around £44m, a price tag which may have to be negotiated should the Premier League side continue their pursuit. With Insigne on his way to Liverpool, Napoli are eyeing up a January swoop for Watford striker Odion Ighalo, according to Corriere Dello Sport. The Nigerian international moved to the Hornets from Udinese in 2014 and has since scored 36 goals in 77 league matches, helping to guide Watford to a top-half of the table finish in the Premier League last season.
Barcelona open to Vidal offers in January
Barcelona are ready to listen offers for Aleix Vidal in January transfer window. As reported by Sport.es, the Catalan side will let the 27-year-old leave the club if they receive an offer of 13 m euros. To recall, they have paid 18 m euros to Sevilla last summer. They will also consider loaning him out. Early reports suggested that Vidal has already informed the club about his desire to depart from Barcelona. Inter, Milan and Napoli are ready to fight for his transfer. Vidal has played only one match in La Liga this season.
Napoli eye Drogba
Reports in Italy suggest Napoli are looking at Didier Drogba as a possible replacement for Arkadiusz Milik, who faces a spell out with injury. According to Calciomercato.it, Drogba is one of several players on Napoli's radar. Montreal Impact forward Drogba could join in January for several months while MLS is on the winter break.