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Juve offered them huge money i guess. (Which is 100% legal, to be clear)
If you can't beat Verona at home, you don't deserve CL. Napoli played with no urgency the entire first half, and assumed it was done after they scored.
 

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Thanks lad! To describe this feeling in Italy we usually say: l’m walking (or floating) one meter high up from the floor!!!
We waited for this too long, we deserve to be Champion, this squad has been built up step by step in the last 4 seasons, improving itself year after year.

Hope the future will be bright...
 

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Another weird factoid to show the similarities with the PL and different teams.

Milan upon finishing second, has a much better away record for the season than home, akin to United. United and Milan are living in parallel dimensions in the same dimension.
 

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Juric(Verona manager) went nuclear post game during sky interview because he seemingly misunderstood a question(the classic "oooh how cool that teams aren't getting out of the way, let's pat ourselves on the back")
 

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I forced myself to watch the last 20 minutes of Napoli. They desperately needed a goal but had no idea or plan to even get close to a good chance. Passing it around in midfield and then hoofing the ball forward. What an uninspiring bottling crap. Wow
 

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Unsurprisingly, Gattuso has left Napoli.

Dear Rino, I am happy to have spent almost two seasons with you. Thanking you for your work, I wish you success wherever you go. A hug to your wife and children too. Aurelio De Laurentiis
Just like his spell at AC Milan, he improved the club but couldn't take them to where they should have been in the end. This is not a bad time to leave, too, given that the players were struggling to perform for him this season.
 

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End of a terrible campaign, but results flatter us with the Coppa Italia and Napoli’s harakiri. Phew!

Cost cutting and rebuilding will be duly completed, though. Later this week, the Exor bosses’ general assembly will decide if Andrea Agnelli is moved to Ferrari (also as a beau geste towards UEFA), and his main collaborators sacked. In case, expect some kinder suit stepping up from the ranks as the new president and maybe a legend like Del Piero getting involved as the footballing director.

I think Pirlo will stay, just because he is cheap and it is not worthy to pursue another half-manager, while still rebuilding. Just let him roll on and complete the rebuild, while living his dream after having graduated tonight with a mere 2.2.

If you ask me, Juve being Juve and ahead of the times as usual, they should just hire Rita Guarino as their new coach. She was the Juve Women coach they just sacked earlier this week. This is a war, the Super League, the fight for casual fans, the need to sell gadgets, sh*t and progressive narratives, you know? Just instal Rita, before the Spurs hire Becky Simmons as their coach in the NBA, and write another chapter towards…. towards what, really? I don’t know but I’m too old for this sh*t, my friends.

Ciao.
 

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When i was younger in Seria A was rule in last rounds; who needs points, gets them. I can't believe what i am watching now.
Yes, despite the fall in quality, at least this seems to have died out.
 

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Wow, what a season. It played like a Hollywood sports movie with all the cliches.
I've literally not been able to sleep tonight. It's 7 in the morning and I'm at work.
 

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I forced myself to watch the last 20 minutes of Napoli. They desperately needed a goal but had no idea or plan to even get close to a good chance. Passing it around in midfield and then hoofing the ball forward. What an uninspiring bottling crap. Wow
It was dreadful dreadful stuff. Couldn't string three passes together, couldn't control the ball, couldn't go a minute without a break of play. Two strikers upfront wrestling up top, a scattered midfield, and defenders who had no idea what football is or how to play it. I could have played better than Mario Rui after he came on. I think League One teams would have won against them the way they were playing last night.

Possibly the worst half of football I've watched the entire season across any league.
 

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Why would he refuse to play? He always wants to play.
The more I think of it, the more sense it make:
1. He has already secured Serie A top scorer award this season, and had already reached 100 goals milestone for Juventus. Individually there’s nothing more he could have achieved from playing this final game.
2. He already won trophies from domestic cup and super cup this season, playing this final league game won’t add anything to his trophy cabinet.
3. He is on the move this summer, so whether or not Juventus getting top 4 spot and plays in next season CL doesn’t concern him at all.
4. There’s Euro coming up in a month time, this could be his last chance of playing/winning another Euro, so staying fit in best condition would be his top priority now. Having played a cup final just few days ago, he needs more time to recover and ensure himself to stay free from any risk of injury.

I suspect he has already made agreement with Juventus, unless they are not winning in 2nd half and need all 3 points, he wouldn’t come on from bench.
 
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The more I think of it, the more sense it make:
1. He has already secured Serie A top scorer award this season, and had already reached 100 goals milestone for Juventus. Individually there’s nothing more he could have achieved from playing this final game.
2. He already won trophies from domestic cup and super cup this season, playing this final league game won’t add anything to his trophy cabinet.
3. He is on the move this summer, so whether or not Juventus getting top 4 spot and plays in next season CL doesn’t concern him at all.
4. There’s Euro coming up in a month time, this could be his last chance of playing/winning another Euro, so staying fit in best condition would be his top priority now. Having played a cup final just few days ago, he needs more time to recover and ensure himself to stay free from any risk of injury.

I suspect he has already made agreement with Juventus, unless they are not winning in 2nd half and need all 3 points, he wouldn’t come on from bench.
You mean it makes sense if you have no respect for the club, the fan base, or the history? Are you mistakenly painting him as a mercenary?
 

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You mean it makes sense if you have no respect for the club, the fan base, or the history? Are you mistakenly painting him as a mercenary?
It depends how you see it. If you think it make sense to overplay a 36 year old and risk him to potential injuries when he is not fully fitted (like we did with Rashford last season), then so be it. Point being, it doesn’t worth for him to risk injury for this game. He already scored 100+ goals for them so I don’t see lack of respect for the club or fans. He just need a little rest.
 

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It depends how you see it. If you think it make sense to overplay a 36 year old and risk him to potential injuries when he is not fully fitted (like we did with Rashford last season), then so be it. Point being, it doesn’t worth for him to risk injury for this game. He already scored 100+ goals for them so I don’t see lack of respect for the club or fans. He just need a little rest.
What you said was he had nothing to gain from playing that game. That’s only true if you see him as an individual completely separate and above the club’s objectives. Otherwise to consider yesterday’s game relatively worthless because he can’t add to his trophy cabinet or goals record is absurd
 

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What you said was he had nothing to gain from playing that game. That’s only true if you see him as an individual completely separate and above the club’s objectives. Otherwise to consider yesterday’s game relatively worthless because he can’t add to his trophy cabinet or goals record is absurd
Well I have listed 4 reasons and you could only focus on one. I am sure if this is Euro final, he would have played even if he is it fully fit or has picked up a knock or something.
 

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I just downloaded it but I don't see an option to stream. I'd appreciate it if you could point out where I'm supposed to click. Thank you for the help.
Sorry I didn’t see this until today. Each game has a hyperlink for the score, if you click that and wait a few seconds, there’s a play button that loads the game.
 

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Sorry I didn’t see this until today. Each game has a hyperlink for the score, if you click that and wait a few seconds, there’s a play button that loads the game.
Thank you, captain negative! This is would be handy when I'm not home and would like to stream a match.
 

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Well I have listed 4 reasons and you could only focus on one. I am sure if this is Euro final, he would have played even if he is it fully fit or has picked up a knock or something.
All four reasons come from the same principle that it's somehow normal for a player to consider himself above the team.

1. He doesn't need more goals (who cares if the team do)
2. He can't get more trophies (who cares what else the team wants to achieve)
3. He's leaving (who cares what his current team expects from him while he's under contract)
4. He's saving himself for the national team (who cares about club football anyway)

None of those are good reasons not to play in the game if you accept the principle that the team comes before the individual, which is obviously a fundamental principle in team sports. It doesn't matter that he can't get more trophies or doesn't need more goals because the team needs his goals, and they have very important secondary priorities when trophies are no longer available. Until he's left to a new club or to his national team, he has a responsibility for his team, and choosing to put another team before that - during a game - is beyond disrespectful.

Players who show such disregard for that basic principle are criticised. The fact you think they are a good defence of his actions is just an illustration of how far you've moved your perspective just to be able to paint him in a good light. They just clarify his complete disregard for that basic principle. At least according to your theory for why he did it. I wouldn't assume that of Ronaldo because I consider him to be a respectful professional.
 

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Strong rumour that Conte will leave Inter as he is unhappy with proposed budget cuts. Quite the managerial go around going on in Serie A. There is a good chance that out of the top 10 clubs, only Milan and Atalanta will continue with their managers.
 

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Strong rumour that Conte will leave Inter as he is unhappy with proposed budget cuts. Quite the managerial go around going on in Serie A. There is a good chance that out of the top 10 clubs, only Milan and Atalanta will continue with their managers.
Mourinho will be gutted I imagine. Sure he'd have preferred to go back to Inter than Roma
 

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Strong rumour that Conte will leave Inter as he is unhappy with proposed budget cuts. Quite the managerial go around going on in Serie A. There is a good chance that out of the top 10 clubs, only Milan and Atalanta will continue with their managers.
Conte makes a lot of sense for Real.
 

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Venezia just got promoted to Serie A. I'm really looking forward to their kits and their quaint, little stadium.
 

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Would have been a lot more interesting with Allegri at RM, Zidane at Juventus.

Allegri back at Juve is going to be so boring for the league.
 

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Would have been a lot more interesting with Allegri at RM, Zidane at Juventus.

Allegri back at Juve is going to be so boring for the league.
Allegri is a winner. He doesn’t always play a boring style and the way he plays depends on what players he has plus he uses different kind of formations. Two times UCL runner up all we wait is the third final which could be next year.
 

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Allegri is a winner. He doesn’t always play a boring style and the way he plays depends on what players he has plus he uses different kind of formations. Two times UCL runner up all we wait is the third final which could be next year.
I meant boring in the sense that its so predictable.
Allegri at a different club would have been more interesting is all.
 

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Congrats to Venezia!!! Back in Serie A after 19 years and three bankruptcies, in 2015 playing in fourth league...
eager to see an away match there, it might be the right time to see a good match and a wonderful city too!
 

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I meant boring in the sense that its so predictable.
Allegri at a different club would have been more interesting is all.
Juventus after 2 disaster years both domestically and on a europhean level went for a fail proof manager.
Knowing the place and management ,italian and succesfull.
A bet could've been Zidane but I guess it will take a long before we see another non-italian manager after DeSchamps in Serie B
 

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Allegri has been given a €7mil salary with bonuses that could take it to €10mil andna 4 year deal. Also juventus agreed that he could control the transfers for the club ingoing and outgoing. So he left as a coach and has returned as a manager.
 

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Venezia just got promoted to Serie A. I'm really looking forward to their kits and their quaint, little stadium.
That's a nice promotion. I can remember Venezia (and Vicenza who reached semi finals of CWC in 1998 but lost to Chelsea) as regulars in late 90s in thee Gazzetta football italia good old days. Can randomly recall Flippo Maniero upfront scoring a million goals for them, seems all the bottom half teams had that sort of striker (Maurizo Ganz and Dario Hubner were others).

Seems Italy has so many clubs that get relegated and completely disappear off the radar, in late 90s/early 00s can recall of Perugia (loved their random signings), Piacenza, Leece and Reggina all being in Serie A and being pretty decent. Then they get relegated, go bust and you never hear of them again.

Who else is likely to come up, Monza would be interesting addition given who owns them now and last time I looked they were in top 6 so have a chance.
 

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I wasn't expecting a managerial merry-go-round beyond the Bundesliga, but here we are.

Next season's going to be quite some fun with the managerial and squad changes as well as Venezia.
 

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Who else is likely to come up, Monza would be interesting addition given who owns them now and last time I looked they were in top 6 so have a chance.
Serie B's season has finished recently, and Monza were knocked out of the playoff race by Cittadella, who were defeated by Venezia in the final.
 

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Serie B's season has finished recently, and Monza were knocked out of the playoff race by Cittadella, who were defeated by Venezia in the final.
Ah right, thought they might have gone up in top 2 as Serie B play offs usually run into June. Salernitana another who haven't been in Serie A since the 90s.