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There were talks making the rounds that the job of Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso was hanging by a thread after some disappointing results including the semi-final exit from the Coppa Italia in midweek.

Napoli deal Juventus a title-chasing blow

However, neither appeared possible. They were to achieve that tall order against the Serie A champions Juventus, that had won nine of their last 11 games in all competitions and boasted an unyielding defense. And, they were to overcome such daunting challenge without key players like Belgian striker Dries Mertens and Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso said Sunday he felt foolish for giving Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen permission to travel home for Christmas with the forward testing positive for coronavirus on his return.

Napoli boss: Victor Osimhen still not fully fit to play a full game

Gennaro Gattuso has said Napoli ‘shot ourselves in the foot’ during their 2-1 defeat to Genoa and they are still battling to keep Victor Osimhen in top shape for a top-grade game.
Dries Mertens has reportedly joined Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen in Antwerp to recover from a sprained ankle and hopes to recover in time to face Juventus in the Italian Supercup on January 20.

Napoli boss: Victor Osimhen, Dries Mertens recovery on gradual process

Napoli manager, Gennaro Gattuso, has confirmed that the recovery state of Nigeria’s striker, Victor Osimhen and Dries Mertens back to the main team are on gradual process.
Chelsea are in talks to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens as they attempt to bring in an attacking player late in the transfer window.

Napoli striker Dries Mertens may consider Arsenal move

Dries Mertens has finally got an escape route in the English club, Arsenal.
Lorenzo Insigne was in tears after missing a penalty kick against Juventus, but Rino Gattuso said he ‘should not feel responsible for the defeat.’

Lorenzo Insigne in tears after penalty miss vs Juventus

Lorenzo Insigne was in tears after missing a penalty kick against Juventus, but Rino Gattuso said he ‘should not feel responsible for the defeat.’
Dries Mertens has reportedly joined Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen in Antwerp to recover from a sprained ankle and hopes to recover in time to face Juventus in the Italian Supercup on January 20.

Dries Mertens joins Victor Osimhen in Antwerp for further therapies

Dries Mertens has reportedly joined Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen in Antwerp to recover from a sprained ankle and hopes to recover in time to face Juventus in the Italian Supercup on January 20.
Inter Milan target top spot in Serie A on Sunday at home against promoted Spezia as league leaders AC Milan face a tricky trip to Sassuolo.

Inter look to go top while leaders AC Milan face Sassuolo test

Inter are just one point behind their city rivals after picking up a fifth consecutive league win against Napoli midweek. Antonio Conte's side have gained four points on Milan in the last two league games with their focus now on a first league title since 2010 after their European exit.
Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (3rdL) celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Italian Serie A football match Genoa vs Juventus on December 13, 2020 at the Luigi-Ferraris stadium in Genoa. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO - AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice on 100th Juve appearance to keep pace with AC Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo marked his 100th game for Juventus with a pair of penalties in a 3-1 success over Genoa on Sunday, as the champions closed the gap on Serie A leaders AC Milan.
Napoli got their first win in the newly-named Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday, beating Sampdoria 2-1 to move third in Serie A behind Inter Milan, who fought back to see off Cagliari 3-1.

Napoli secure first victory in Stadio Maradona

Napoli got their first win in the newly-named Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday, beating Sampdoria 2-1 to move third in Serie A behind Inter Milan, who fought back to see off Cagliari 3-1.
Napoli moved third in Serie A on Sunday after strolling to a 4-0 win over bottom side Crotone, taking advantage of rivals Roma and Sassuolo battling to an entertaining goalless draw.

Napoli see off Crotone to move third in Serie A

Napoli moved third in Serie A on Sunday after strolling to a 4-0 win over bottom side Crotone, taking advantage of rivals Roma and Sassuolo battling to an entertaining goalless draw.
Napoli overcame Croatian side Rijeka 2-0 on Thursday in their first match since the death of Diego Maradona, the Italian club's greatest and most popular player.

Napoli officially rename home ground after Diego Maradona

The Naples city council has unanimously approved a resolution that will change the name of Napoli's home stadium from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Gennaro Gattuso was critical of himself and his Napoli players after a 3-1 home defeat to Milan. ‘It’s no coincidence that we falter in the important games.

Gennaro Gattuso: Napoli lack big game mentality

Gennaro Gattuso was critical of himself and his Napoli players after a 3-1 home defeat to Milan. ‘It’s no coincidence that we falter in the important games.
Early goals by Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens earned Belgium a comfortable 2-0 victory over England as they strengthened their grip on top spot in Nations League Group A2 in Leuven on Sunday.

Belgium downs England hope for the knockout stage of Nations League

Harry Kane’s effort was cleared off the line by Romelu Lukaku, Belgium remain tactical sound despite England have the larger ball possession in the encounter, England is guaranteed to finish third, with Belgium and Denmark playing for a place in the finals – Gareth Southgate will have to use the fixture with Iceland to look for solutions for next summer’s European Championships, where England will hope to compete with the likes of Belgium for the trophy.
Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen scored his first Serie A goal in Napoli’s 4-1 demolition of Atalanta at the weekend.2

Napoli coach urges Victor Osimhen to calm down

Osimhen won’t travel with the team for tonight’s Europa League clash at Rijeka as he is serving a one-match ban.
Ajax’s 13-0 win over VVV-Venlo broke the Amsterdam giants’ own record for the biggest win in Eredivisie history

Ajax hammer VVV-Venlo in record 13-0 win

Ajax set a new Eredivisie record as they put thirteen goals past 10-man VVV-Venlo on Saturday to secure a mammoth 13-0 result.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped plaudits on Kelechi Iheanacho after the forward impressed in Thursday night Europa League win against Zorya.

Kelechi Iheanacho hails Leicester City Europa League win vs Zorya

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped plaudits on Kelechi Iheanacho after the forward impressed in Thursday night Europa League win against Zorya.
Victor Osimhen marked his first Serie A start with an assist as Napoli thrashed visiting Genoa 6-0 on Sunday.3

Victor Osimhen continues search for first official Napoli goal

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen started his first game for Napoli in their 6-0 thrashing of Genoa on Sunday.
Victor Osimhen marked his first Serie A start with an assist as Napoli thrashed visiting Genoa 6-0 on Sunday.2

Victor Osimhen bags assist in first Serie A start in Napoli’s big win vs...

Victor Osimhen marked his first Serie A start with an assist as Napoli thrashed visiting Genoa 6-0 on Sunday.
Liverpool are ready to test Anderlecht's resolve for Jeremy Doku before the market shuts.

Liverpool plan bid for Anderlecht superkid Jeremy Doku

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Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso is confident that Victor Osimhen will be a great asset to his team as the season progresses.

Language barrier not a problem for Victor Osimhen at Napoli – rep

Victor Okolo, brother-in-law and representative of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has stated that the Nigerian forward is not hindered by language differences at his new club.
Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has identified Manchester City playmaker, Kevin de Bruyne, as among the three best players in the world, behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jamie Carragher names third best player in the world

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has identified Manchester City playmaker, Kevin de Bruyne, as among the three best players in the world, behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso is confident that Victor Osimhen will be a great asset to his team as the season progresses.

Gennaro Gattuso: Victor Osimhen has the mind of a 40 year old man

Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso is confident that Victor Osimhen will be a great asset to his team as the season progresses.

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