LIVEBLOG: Europa League
Join us for all the action from Italy’s Europa League contenders with Viktoria Plzen-Roma, Sassuolo-Athletic Club, PAOK-Fiorentina and Inter-Hapoel Beer.
‘Viktoria Plzen aiming for second’
Viktoria Plzen’s Press officer admits the Czech champions are aiming to finish second behind Roma in their Europa League group.
Montella: ‘I miss Champions League’
Milan Coach Vincenzo Montella admits he misses the Champions League, and “my affection for Sampdoria is eternal”.
‘EL trio can go all the way’
Inter, Fiorentina and Roma all have what it takes to go all the way in the Europa League this season, according to Leonardo.
‘EL could be Totti’s cup’
Former Milan and Inter boss Leonardo believes this season’s Europa League could be “Francesco Totti’s”.
‘Refs among biggest Euro threats’
Dino Zoff has warned Italy’s European representatives that referees are among their biggest threats. “They’re very touchy”.
Perisic out of Inter-Beer-Sheva
Ivan Perisic is out of tomorrow’s Europa League match with Hapoel Beer-Sheva and could miss Inter-Juventus too.
Sousa: 'Fiorentina focus on PAOK'
Paulo Sousa warned there will be no squad rotation or taking the Europa League for granted as Fiorentina take on PAOK.
Berardi out of Sassuolo-Athletic
Sassuolo named their squad for the Europa League clash with Athletic Bilbao, as Gregoire Defrel is back, but not Domenico Berardi.
Spalletti: 'Europa League can be great'
Luciano Spalletti tried to get Roma motivated for the Europa League with Viktoria Plzen, but “can’t promise” Francesco Totti will play.
Fazio: 'Roma must win Europa League'
Federico Fazio has already won the Europa League three times,” so gave Roma advice on how to progress, starting with Viktoria Plzen.
Icardi: No Inter burden
Mauro Icardi insists he does not feel burdened by his dual responsibility of captaining Inter and scoring goals.
Icardi: Higuain IS worth €90m
Inter striker Mauro Icardi claims Gonzalo Higuain is worth the €90m Juventus paid Napoli for his fellow Argentine over the summer.
‘No Sassuolo-Juve special relationship’
Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco insists there is no special relationship with Juventus ahead of Thursday’s Europa League opener against Athletic Bilbao.
‘Losing Mirabelli to Milan not nice’
Frank de Boer admits “it’s not nice” to see Massimo Mirabelli prospectively leave Inter for arch-rivals Milan but has faith in the club’s remaining scouts.
‘Inter focused on Hapoel, not Juve’
Frank de Boer insists Inter are focused on beating Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League on Thursday, not Sunday’s Derby d’Italia against Juventus.
Peres: ‘Europa League not easy’
Roma full-back Bruno Peres insists their Europa League group “seems easy, but it’s not”.
Roma squad for Viktoria Plzen
Roma have Thomas Vermaelen back for the Europa League trip to Viktoria Plzen, but Daniele De Rossi and Emerson Palmieri are banned.
Italians in top 10 transfer spending
Juventus, Roma and Inter are among the top 10 highest-spending clubs on the transfer market in Europe since 2010.
Praet: 'Samp want Europe'
Dennis Praet is certainly not lacking ambition as Sampdoria travel to Roma. “We want to qualify for Europe.”
Pallotta: 'Roma very excited'
Roma President Jim Pallotta landed in Italy and discussed the new stadium, Umberto Gandini and the “stupid” goals conceded.
Gabigol: 'Inter surprised me'
Gabigol admits Inter “really surprised me in every way, as they take care of everything. I am very excited by this new mission and want to prove myself.”
EPFL protests Champions League changes
The European Professional Football Leagues organisation is protesting changes to the Champions League.
Jovetic: ‘Disappointed by EL exclusion’
Stevan Jovetic admits he’s “disappointed” to be left out of the Europa League squad but assures “I want to stay at Inter and play”.
Roma test new tactics
Daniele De Rossi has a three-match Euro ban, so Roma are considering a new 4-2-3-1 system to cover the midfielder’s absence.
Inter split into two teams
With Financial Fair Play issues, Frank de Boer has effectively split the Inter squad into two distinct teams for Serie A and Europe.
Three-match De Rossi Euro ban?
Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi will reportedly receive a three-match Europa League ban and Emerson Palmieri two.
‘Roma want to win Europa League’
Stephan El Shaarawy says the Europa League is “Roma’s big objective” after missing out on the Champions League.
Joao Mario and Gabigol off Inter list
As expected, Inter have left big new buys Joao Mario and Gabigol off the UEFA list for the Europa League to avoid FFP penalties.
Roma unveil UEFA list
Roma named their 22-man list for the Europa League, including injured Antonio Rudiger.
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