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Written By Onyeka Daniel

With football action almost over for the top League in Europe, for the 2023-24 season (Italy and Spain have just one more round to play while France, England and Germany concluded this week), attention will start shifting towards next season and for most clubs, changing of manager will be a top priority.

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It is for this reason that two Italian managers, Thiago Motta and Roberto De Zerbi are expected to be in high demand, even though for the current Bologna coach, his future seems to lie with a move to Juventus who recently sacked Massimiliano Allegri.

But according to a new report from Mundo Deportivo, Motta remains an option for the Barcelona job, and the same is true of Roberto De Zerbi, who will leave Brighton at the end of the season.


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Barcelona directors have been urged to consider their former player, who found success as a player with Inter Milan, as a replacement for Xavi if the ex-midfielder leaves the club at the end of the season.

According to the report, Motta has been mentioned to Barcelona directors by people outside Motta’s entourage. He has led Bologna to a historic Champions League qualification this season. The ex-Italian midfielder said that he’d meet club President Joey Saputo next week to discuss his future at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

And he insisted that he had not reached an agreement with any other club.However, several sources in Italy insist Motta will be the new Juventus coach in 2024-25. According to Mundo Deportivo, another Italian coach, De Zerbi, is a candidate for the Barcelona job.

The former Sassuolo tactician will leave Brighton after today’s game, and he was given a guard of honour after his final game in charge at the Amex stadium. The Italian tactician will leave Brighton at the end of the season, so his players honoured him after the last game of the season, which they lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United.

De Zerbi was appointed by the Premier League side in September 2022 and in his first season at the club, he secured qualification for the Europa League for the first time ever.The former Shakhtar Donetsk coach has won 38 games from 89 at Brighton and finished 11th in 2023-24.

Apart from the two clubs mentioned, the likes of Napoli and AC Milan remain an option, especially for the former Sassuolo manager, while the two coaches could also be heading towards Germany to replace Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich.

And of course, there’s Chelsea and Manchester United who could sack Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag respectively. Also, special mention for Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini, who is said to be the favorite of Napoli President, Aurelio De Laurentiis And recently stated that ‘the challenge’ is the most important thing in response to his future.

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Igor Tudor insists he is not ‘frustrated’ with Lazio conceding a late equaliser against Inter that damages their hopes of taking sixth place. ‘It was a point gained.’ The Biancocelesti had far more to ask of this game than their opponents, who were just gearing up for the presentation of the Serie A trophy.

And they took the lead through Daichi Kamada.However, after several big Ivan Provedel saves and Lautaro Martinez hitting the upright, Denzel Dumfries nodded in the Alexis Sanchez free kick at the 87th minute to equaliser. It means If Roma beat Genoa this evening, then it will be extremely unlikely that Lazio catch them in sixth place.

“I don’t think it was a missed opportunity at all, it was a point gained,” insisted Tudor in a press conference. “I congratulate my lads, but yes there are a few regrets, as we were leading 1-0 near the end and it’s impressive to come here and play so well against a team that is perhaps second or third best in Europe.”

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Tudor continues his tactical experimentation after taking over from Maurizio Sarri and used Kamada along with Mattia Zaccagni in support of centre-forward Taty Castellanos. “I usually don’t comment on individual performances, but Kamada and Nicolò Rovella played very well.

“We are working hard, in the gym too, and the players ultimately decide how far they will go. We are more organised and have the right distances between players now, giving us greater solidity. If you face Inter and let them start playing out from the back, you won’t see the ball. They are the best in the world at that.”

The coach again reacted with irritation when asked if he had regrets or felt frustrated by this draw. “No regrets, I am not frustrated. I am very happy and proud. They pushed hard and we were unable to keep enough of the ball, but that was natural.” He further added.

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