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Dusan Basta assures Lazio will take the clash with Saint-Etienne seriously - “it’s a Europa League match, not a friendly.”
Lazio Coach Stefano Pioli insists “the club think I’m the perfect Coach for this team” amid rumours he’s under pressure.
Gonzalo Higuain has been rested for Napoli’s final Europa League match with Legia Warsaw.
Saint-Etienne midfielder Valentin Eysseric sees an “opportunity” when Lazio visit in the Europa League tomorrow.
Saint-Etienne Coach Christophe Galtier says his side face Lazio in the Europa League under “no pressure”.
Milan Badelj assures Fiorentina are fully focused on Belenenses, despite the trip to Juventus on Sunday.
Fiorentina Coach Paulo Sousa insists “a team with our quality must remain in Europe” ahead of the Belenenses match.
Napoli midfielder Jorginho says the team have ‘learned our lesson from Bologna’ after their shock defeat.
Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri says his side want to become ‘the best in Europe statistically’ against Legia tomorrow.
Unai Emery is glad Sevilla are back in the Europa League, “where the team is comfortable,” after a 1-0 win over Juventus.
Lazio’s Keita Balde Diao has been handed a four-match Europa League ban after his red card in the win over Rosenborg.
Sevilla Coach Unai Emery warns Juventus that his side will be going all-out for Europa League qualification.
Manuel Pasqual says Paulo Sousa has made Fiorentina “more cynical” compared to Vincenzo Montella.
Paulo Sousa demands referees show “more respect for Nikola Kalinic” and prepares Fiorentina for “interesting” Sassuolo.
Marek Hamsik admits “I honestly didn’t expect Napoli to be this successful” after 13 wins in 15 games.
Maurizio Sarri saw “another step forward” after Napoli beat Club Brugge and “avoided a collapse in motivation.”
Italy have closed again on England in the UEFA rankings thanks to this week’s results, above all Juventus beating Manchester City.
Dnipro Coach Myron Markevych was “realistic” about their chances of beating Lazio in the Europa League.
Napoli earned a fifth consecutive Europa League victory, beating Club Brugge 1-0 with a Vlad Chiriches volley.
Dnipro defender Douglas Silva admits “I’d like to play in Italy. Lazio in January? We’ll see…”
Urs Fischer was pleased Basel “played on a par with a very strong team” like Fiorentina, who were down to 10 men.
Davide Astori said the referee “could’ve ruined our season” in Fiorentina’s 2-2 draw with Basel. “We expect someone up to the task.”
Paulo Sousa was “proud” of his 10-man Fiorentina earning a 2-2 draw away to Basel, but Facundo Roncaglia “has to control his emotions.”
Stefano Pioli agreed Lazio’s training retreat “was constructive” after they beat Dnipro to win the Europa League group.
Marco Parolo is pleased that Lazio “only needed a point to qualify, but we won” 3-1 against Dnipro.
Fiorentina threw away a 2-0 lead in Basel and had Facundo Roncaglia sent off, so this 2-2 draw leaves Europa League qualification in the balance.
Lazio booked their spot in the Europa League Round of 32 after getting the better of last season’s Finalists Dnipro 3-1.
Napoli test out new tactics in the tense Europa League trip to Club Brugge, but Lorenzo Insigne pulls out.
Lazio director Igli Tare assured Coach Stefano Pioli “is not up for debate, but it’s true the performances are unconvincing.”
Fiorentina director general Andrea Rogg insists Mario Suarez was dropped after “a calm discussion” with Paulo Sousa.
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