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‘Only Genoa-Torino should be postponed’

Lega Serie A doctor Gianni Nanni has claimed ‘only Genoa-Torino’ should have to be postponed after the confirmation of 14 positive tests at the Grifoni.

Italian football waits for the consequences after the revelation at Genoa, who confirmed 14 members of their matchday group had contracted coronavirus.

Napoli won 6-0 against the Rossoblu last weekend and are undergoing tests ahead of their next match against Juventus, but Nanni hopes the only postponed match will be between Genoa and Torino.

“In my opinion, we will only have to decide on Genoa-Torino, except for any surprises, like with Napoli” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“They have undergone the swab tests in Naples today and will be tested again on Friday, and they will be the most important ones.

“Without catastrophic numbers in other teams, the decision will be limited to Genoa-Torino.”

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Gasp: ‘Scudetto talk for Inter and Juve only’

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has claimed ‘only Juventus and Inter can speak about the Scudetto’ ahead of their big match against Lazio.

Both Atalanta and Lazio impressed in 2019-20, finishing third and fourth respectively, but the latter seemed like Juventus’ closest rivals for the Scudetto until March.

Gasperini, who helped Atalanta reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League last term, said the Orobici ‘will do our best’ to keep up with the Serie A giants.

“I don’t discuss what others think, the important thing is that my concepts haven’t changed,” Gasperini said at a press conference.

“Today, only Juventus and Inter can speak about the Scudetto, maybe Napoli. We will try to do our best, but the important thing is that the concepts are clear.”

Simone Inzaghi’s men suffered after the resumption in June and eventually ended up at fourth in Serie A, but Gasperini expects a tough challenge at the Olimpico tomorrow.

“It’s an exciting match because of what has been done in recent years,” he said. “It’s worth as much as a match at the end of the season.

“Both teams will do their best to win. Each match is different, what won’t change is the team spirit.”

The Atalanta coach is wary of Lazio’s strengths going forward and hope to keep them at bay.

“It’s a balances team in all departments and the added value is given by the forwards like [Ciro] Immobile and [Joaquin] Correa, but also [Sergej] Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto.

“As we have seen in previous games, there have been many goals. We must do better to limit their efficiency in attack.”

Lazio host Atalanta at 19.45 UK time tomorrow.

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Report: 11 Genoa players have COVID

It’s now reported 11 Genoa players and three members of staff tested positive for COVID-19, perhaps including six who played against Napoli yesterday.

The Grifone already had Mattia Perin test positive on Saturday, so the rest of the squad had swabs that found only Lasse Schone to also be positive on Sunday morning.

The squad then travelled to Naples, where they lost the Serie A match 6-0 at the Stadio San Paolo.

This evening, just 24 hours after that game, Genoa announced that in total 14 between players and staff had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the split is 11 players positive and three members of staff.

It’s rumoured this includes six who were on the pitch against Napoli on Sunday.

The report states that there were some symptoms among the team as they returned to Genoa, prompting the new round of swabs.

Now, inevitably, this weekend’s Serie A game against Torino is likely to be postponed.

There is also a knock-on effect for Napoli, who will need to go into isolation and have repeated swabs ahead of their match with Juventus.

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Mancini: ‘Uncertain Scudetto race’

Roberto Mancini believes Juventus face an ‘uncertain’ and open Scudetto race from Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma and Atalanta.

The Italy coach spoke at an awards ceremony and was asked about the 2020-21 title race.

“Juve remain the most complete squad, but I believe it really will be an uncertain campaign and open to far more Scudetto challengers,” said Mancini.

“I am thinking of Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma, but also Atalanta, who could confirm their status among the top teams.”

The Bianconeri have won nine Serie A titles on the trot, but are now under debutant coach Andrea Pirlo.

“Pirlo was praised after the first win and criticised after the draw with Roma, but I doubt it’ll frighten him. He has the necessary experience to know that in football opinions are overturned every three days, especially in Italy.”

There are now 1,000 fans allowed into stadiums in Italy, with plans to open up to 25 per cent capacity next month.

“Football belongs to the people. Athletes might get used to doing without the support of the crowd, but it’s not the same thing in an empty arena with nobody there to entertain.

“The clubs also suffer financially, so I think the time has come to reopen the stadiums.”

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Khedira refusing to quit Juventus

Sami Khedira is reportedly refusing to terminate his Juventus contract early unless he receives the full remaining salary.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the 33-year-old has no intention of leaving Turin before his deal expires, which is in June 2021.

There is also an option to extend for a further season after that, an agreement penned in September 2018.

Juve have been able to cut their losses by releasing Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi early, both going on to join MLS club Inter Miami.

Despite negotiations with his brother and agent, Juventus have not been able to convince Khedira to give up on any of the €6m per year wages.

The German international has been with the Bianconeri since 2015, when he left Real Madrid as a free agent.

He has been linked with a potential move to PSG to work with coach Thomas Tuchel.

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