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Rafa Benitez assured Napoli “are convinced” they can beat Juventus for the Italian Super Cup tomorrow.
Sinisa Mihajlovic felt Sampdoria’s 2-2 draw with Udinese was a fair result. “At least the fans enjoyed themselves.”
Vincenzo Montella admits Fiorentina wasted “an important opportunity” to close on third place with their Empoli draw.
Manolo Gabbiadini was asked if he’d scored his last goal for Sampdoria before a move to Napoli. “Maybe, maybe not.”
Empoli pegged back Fiorentina in the high-octane Tuscan Derby, Udinese held Sampdoria 2-2, Atalanta fought back for 3-3 with Palermo and Torino sank Genoa.
Andrea Mandorlini said Chievo won the Verona derby not through their own credit, but “down to a big mistake from the linesman.”
Rolando Maran hailed Chievo for playing “with character and courage” to beat local rivals Verona 1-0.
Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon claims Napoli are “in the top 10 European teams” when it comes to one-off games like the Italian Super Cup.
Max Allegri said Juventus are “highly motivated” by the Italian Super Cup against Rafa Benitez’s Napoli. “We can’t get it wrong.”
Alberto Paloschi’s late goal gave Chievo bragging rights in the Derby di Verona, beating ‘home’ team Hellas.
It’s the Tuscan Derby this afternoon with Fiorentina targeting European places and Empoli eager to cause another upset.
Udinese surprisingly drop Antonio Di Natale and Manolo Gabbiadini starts possibly his last Sampdoria game.
Marek Hamsik has a great record against Juventus and says Napoli are ready for tomorrow’s “indisputably important” Super Cup.
Papers in Argentina claim Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are pushing hard for Palermo talent Paulo Dybala.
Aurelio De Laurentiis gave Napoli players a good talking to ahead of the Super Cup with Juventus. “They rested on their laurels.”
Juventus are reportedly interested in taking Nemanja Vidic from Inter in January.
Luca Toni leads the line as Hellas take on Chievo in the Derby di Verona, today’s early kick-off.
Claudio Marchisio claims Juventus are now “mature and confident,” starting from Super Cup revenge against Napoli tomorrow.
Roberto Mancini described Inter’s ideal January buys, including Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon and Lucas Leiva of Liverpool.
English media report Fernando Torres could return to Liverpool, freeing up Mario Balotelli to join Napoli.
Empoli Coach Maurizio Sarri praised rivals Fiorentina ahead of the Tuscan Derby. “They are the most technically gifted side in Serie A.”
Beppe Iachini won’t get ahead of himself as Palermo visit Atalanta for an eight-match unbeaten run. “Our objective is to be consistent.”
Andrea Mandorlini believes Luca Toni will be the deciding factor in today’s Derby di Verona. “There’s a lot of pressure.”
Alvaro Morata had a “tough introduction to Italian football,” but hopes to score for Juventus in the Super Cup against Napoli.
Rolando Maran told Verona “it won’t be easy” in the derby against his Chievo side today.
Former Italy Coach Marcello Lippi told Antonio Conte get-togethers are “not important” and he’d do better to get Serie A clubs on side.
Roberto Mancini and Hernanes face their past in Inter-Lazio, but first there are local derbies in Tuscany and Verona.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Philippe Mexes reveals what he was thinking when he took a shot from 41 metres in Milan’s 0-0 draw at Roma.
Pippo Inzaghi was “immensely proud” of 10-man Milan after a 0-0 draw away to Roma. “We played with heart.”
Rudi Garcia said even with a penalty appeal, Roma “should’ve done better against an ultra-defensive Milan.”
Morgan De Sanctis felt Milan’s 0-0 draw with Roma “was not undeserved, but we are left with regrets.”
Pablo Armero was sent off and Roma denied a penalty, but 10-man Milan clung on for a 0-0 draw at the Olimpico.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo 2-0 to win the Club World Cup in Marrakech.
Giorgio Chiellini hopes Juventus can “give ourselves a Christmas present” with the Italian Super Cup against Napoli.

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