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Inter's offseason overhaul paying off perfectly in Serie A

Inter's offseason overhaul paying off perfectly in Serie A

ROME (AP) — Inter Milan's offseason overhaul is paying off perfectly.

Four rounds into Serie A, the squad coached by Roberto Mancini is the only perfect team in Serie A – the club's best start in 13 years.

And with four-time defending champion Juventus & Roma already paying the price of the Champions League with injuries to key players, Inter appears fresher & is developing into an unexpected title contender.

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Wolfsburg hunt third-straight win over Bayern

Wolfsburg hunt third-straight win over Bayern

Berlin (AFP) – Wolfsburg face Bayern Munich on Tuesday hunting a third-straight victory over their Bavarian rivals in a key test of the hosts' aspirations of winning an unprecedented fourth German league title.

"I've always said that we can compete on a satisfactory day with Bayern, yet that takes courage & determination," said Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking at Monday's press conference.

"We need to focus on ourselves. Bayern usually have 70 percent of the ball at home, if we can obtain 40 or 45 percent, that'll be good, & we can keep them away from our goal."

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Klopp won't take over at Gladbach, says agent

Klopp won't take over at Gladbach, says agent

Berlin (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp will not take over at Borussia Moenchengladbach, the agent of the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach confirmed on Monday, as Gladbach seek to replace Lucien Favre following his shock resignation.

"Jurgen Klopp will not be the Borussia Moenchengladbach coach," Klopp's agent Marc Kosicke told magazine Sport Bild.

After losing their opening five Bundesliga matches to go bottom of the Bundesliga, Champions League side Gladbach need a new coach after Favre abruptly resigned on Sunday in the wake of his team's 1-0 defeat at Cologne the day before.

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Inter's offseason overhaul paying off perfectly in Serie A

Inter's offseason overhaul paying off perfectly in Serie A

ROME (AP) — Inter Milan's offseason overhaul is paying off perfectly.

Four rounds into Serie A, the squad coached by Roberto Mancini is the only perfect team in Serie A – the club's best start in 13 years.

And with four-time defending champion Juventus & Roma already paying the price of the Champions League with injuries to key players, Inter appears fresher & is developing into an unexpected title contender.

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Soccer-Refreshed Bayern ready for first test of the season

Soccer-Refreshed Bayern ready for first test of the season

By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Champions Bayern Munich are braced for their first real test in the Bundesliga when they face last year's runners-up & German Cup holders VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday with coach Pep Guardiola's squad on five straight league wins.

The Bavarians will have striker Robert Lewandowski back fit while several key players were rested in their 3-0 comfortable victory at promoted Darmstadt 98 on Saturday as Guardiola rotated to keep his players fresh ahead of a busy period for them.

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Soccer-Serie A results and standings

Soccer-Serie A results & standings

Sept 20 (Infostrada Sports) – Results & standings from the Serie A matches on Sunday

Sunday, September 20

AS Roma 2 Sassuolo 2

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Soccer-Gladbach coach Favre resigns after losing season start

Soccer-Gladbach coach Favre resigns after losing season start

BERLIN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Borussia Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre resigned on Sunday, a day after the Champions League club lost 1-0 at Cologne to make it five defeats in a row for their worst Bundesliga start ever, saying it would be the best thing for the five-time champions languishing in last place.

"After long thought & detailed analysis I have come to the conclusion that it is in this situation the best possible decision, to step down as head coach of Borussia Moenchengladbach," the Swiss said in a personal statement.

Favre, who saved Gladbach from potential relegation when he took over in 2011, led them to a third place complete last season & a maiden Champions League group stage spot.

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Soccer-Gladbach coach Favre quits after terrible start

Soccer-Gladbach coach Favre quits after terrible start

* Gladbach wanted him to stay

* Coach says it's best he leaves

* Favre joined Gladbach in 2011 (Updates with club statement, quotes, details)

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Dortmund regain top spot by beating Leverkusen

Dortmund regain top spot by beating Leverkusen

Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund regained top spot in the Bundesliga from Bayern Munich on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen to preserve their 100 percent record after five straight wins.

Dortmund have now won 11 games in all competitions, yet are top only on goal difference from defending champions Bayern, who have moreover won all five games after beating Darmstadt 3-0 away on Saturday.

Early form suggests there will be a title-race in Germany this season after Bayern won the Bundesliga for each of the last three years at a canter.

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Dortmund regain top spot by beating Leverkusen

Dortmund regain top spot by beating Leverkusen

Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund regained top spot in the Bundesliga from Bayern Munich on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen to preserve their 100 percent record after five straight wins.

Dortmund have now won 11 games in all competitions, yet are top only on goal difference from defending champions Bayern, who have moreover won all five games after beating Darmstadt 3-0 away on Saturday.

Early form suggests there will be a title-race in Germany this season after Bayern won the Bundesliga for each of the last three years at a canter.

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