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Reason number 1,465 why you should watch what you Tweet – Cesare Prandelli has admitted he will drop Pablo Osvaldo from the national team picture due to his Tweet war with his head coach, according to Forza Italian Football. Stay tuned for more drama to come.

Richard Farley takes a look at the new Rafa Benitez-Napoli marriage and expresses a deep sense of ambivalence. An interesting take from an outside perspective, via Pro Soccer Talk. I have to say that I agree, that Napoli could have found a better fit.

Walter Mazzarri has not even found the bathroom at Inter yet, but his quotes undoubtedly will endear him to the faithful. The most recent juicy one can be found on the front page of today’s Tuttosport, seen here. Rough translation: “Conte? He won with my system”.

Speaking of Conte, Mina Rzouki analyzes the coach’s tactical evolution to a 4-2-3-1 and how this will help Juventus in the Champions League. A fascinating read, via ESPN’s Juventus blog.

Finally, Jonathan Wilson discusses the tactical trends of the 2012-2013 season and highlights two developments: the importance of the deep-lying playmaker midfielder and the multi-skilled striker. Two of his examples (Pirlo and Cavani) are Serie A stars. Take a read here at The Guardian’s site, and are there any other examples of these two types of players in Serie A? Transfer rumor of the day: Forza Italian Football, via Corriere dello Sport, reports that veteran striker Luca Toni is on his way out of Fiorentina and is on his way to Hellas Verona. They have supposedly beaten Sassuolo and Bologna for the former Italian international. This certainly would be an expensive and high-profile signing for the new Serie A team.

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