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Rossoneri Round-up for 26 April: Hakan blames poor start on Montella

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Well, this is a excuse I haven’t heard before in Italy.

Hakan Calhanoglu has blamed his slow start to the season to the fact that Vincent Montella didn’t speak English. Of course, you could ask why Calhanoglu didn’t speak Italian, or at least try and learn it, but it’s not really a problem with Gennaro Gattuso, who played in Scotland at one point in his career. Anyway, with the international nature of football, we sometimes forget how hard it is for players to adjust.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Inter Milan’s Borja Valero is a doubt ahead this weekend’s Derby d’Italia against Juventus. [Football-Italia.net]

AS Roma have condemned the actions of a “small minority” of fans after a Liverpool fan was assaulted before the Champions League semi-final at Anfield. [Sky Sports]

Napoli have asked to play their final two fixtures at the same time as Juventus. [Football-Italia.net]

World Football Links

A Chelsea fan takes a look back at Chelsea’s win over Barcelona in the Champions League in 2012. [We Ain’t Got No History]

After suffering an injury against Roma, England and Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup. [BBC.com]

After announcing a post-season tour of Myanmar, the question has to be asked: Did anyone at Leeds United do their homework? [Through It All Together]

Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich (again) in the Champions League 2-1. [Managing Madrid]

A “Safe Standing” petition reaches 100,000 signatures in England, leading to a possible debate in Parliament over the matter. [Sky Sports]