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Morning Mix: Chelsea boss “massacared” players, Southampton manager favourite to be axed, Toffees must keep Lookman

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Aurelio De Laurentis has taken another massvie swipe at new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

The Napoli chairman regularly took digs at Sarri throughout his three-year spell with the Serie A club, despite the 59-year-old improving the team in each of his three years in charge.

“I didn’t like it when he said that we both made mistakes, I don’t think I made any, ” he told Sky Sport Italy.

“I wasn’t wrong not to challenge him, even if it would’ve been most obvious thing.

“He had a contract, so I could’ve said something because he was acting in an unacceptable manner, going against players he didn’t think were very good.

“These players gave him a lot. He massacred them in his fantastic training sessions, but they always responded well.

“After that, he wanted to take my whole team to England and dismantle it. I had to lay down the law to Marina (Granovskaia, Chelsea director).

“He wanted Jorginho and I gave him away after I talked to (Carlo) Ancelotti, who told me he was banking a lot on (Amadou) Diawara and that he wanted to play (Marek) Hamsik deeper.”

Chelsea versus Napoli could be really tasty when they inveviatbly draw each other in the Champions League!


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Southampton’s 3-0 friendly defeat against Derby County on Saturday certainly gives manager Mark Hughes much to ponder ahead of the new season. Hughes is 6/1 joint favourite to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked next term – worth a punt?

This fella thinks Hughes needs to smarten up his act.

So annoyed he needed two tweets.

Can’t beat a bit of sarcasm.

Let’s have a laugh at Hughes’ biggest cheerleader.

6/1 – fill your boots.

Stoke City fans know.


In honour of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s change of heart regarding transfer fees, let’s have a bit of Bob Marley.


Everton have a big decision to make over Ademola Lookman, with RB Leipzig set to offer £17 million for the winger.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Bundesliga club, who want to sign him on a permanent basis.

Lookman has the ability to be make his mark in the Premier League. Selling him makes no sense if Everton are serious about improving next term.

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