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Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri returns to Napoli for the first time since they sacked him in 2018 and he'll find the club, who he admitted 'broke his heart', in a sad state.

It has been yet another week of controversy in 's top flight and as ever it is Napoli who have dominated the headlines. It doesn't seem that long ago since club president Aurelio De Laurentiis went into meltdown after Carlo Ancelotti, who replaced Sarri, didn't follow his instructions.

Ancelotti was sacked in December and that was meant to signify a new, happier beginning.

Gennaro Gattuso has struggled since coming in as Napoli manager mid-season

Gennaro Gattuso has struggled since coming in as Napoli manager mid-season

Form has turned sour in Naples as Lorenzo Insigne shows his frustration in front of Gattuso

Form has turned sour in Naples as Lorenzo Insigne shows his frustration in front of Gattuso

Alas, that hasn't happened. The appointment of Gennaro Gattuso always had the possibility of going wrong but nobody thought it would all happen so soon.

Reports in suggest De Laurentiis has been left upset and angry at Napoli's recent run of form under Gattuso.

Napoli have lost four of their five league games since Gattuso's appointment with three of those coming in their last three outings.

There have also been claims of bust-ups in the dressing room. Last weekend, after the 2-0 defeat by Fiorentina at Stadio San Paolo, Dries Mertens and Allan were involved in a heated argument. 

Gattuso also doesn't appear to have control over his squad, who opted to go to a training retreat following the defeat which was something the manager had no say in.

Napoli's poor Serie A form has seen them slump down the table in recent weeks

Napoli's poor Serie A form has seen them slump down the table in recent weeks

Owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has shown regret in sacking former boss Carlo Ancelotti

Owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has shown regret in sacking former boss Carlo Ancelotti

De Laurentiis has though come out in support for Gattuso as he hopes to control his players

De Laurentiis has though come out in support for Gattuso as he hopes to control his players

SERIE A FIXTURES 

FRIDAY

Brescia vs AC Milan (7.45pm)

SATURDAY

SPAL vs Bologna (2pm)

Fiorentina vs Genoa (5pm)

Torino vs Atalanta (7.45pm) 

SUNDAY

Inter Milan vs Cagliari (11.30pm)

Parma vs Udinese (2pm)

Sampdoria vs Sassuolo (2pm)

Verona vs Lecce (2pm)

Roma vs Lazio (5pm)

Napoli vs Juventus (7.45pm) 

De Laurentiis does now seem to have come down in support of Gattuso over the issues with the players.

The talk is that De Laurentiis would happily lock the players away so that they could focus fully ahead of the Sunday night game against Juventus in Naples.

Of course, with all of the negativity surrounding the club, Sunday's fixture is one Juventus will be relishing as Sarri takes his league leaders down south.

The former Chelsea boss said he developed an 'emotional bond' with the Naples outfit during his three years at the club.

'That was not a normal experience,' he said after Juve's cup win over Roma in midweek. 

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'It was something that really touched me deep down. It was, on a human level, an extraordinary bond.'  

Juve have won their eight of their last nine in all competitions and Cristiano Ronaldo added one against Roma to his

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