CAGLIARI NEWS

Rafa Benitez confirms Dries Mertens is unlikely to be fit for the weekend, whilst he assesses Napoli’s mindset preparing for Cagliari.
Zdenek Zeman believes Napoli are very much in the Scudetto race, and sees similarities between himself and Rafa Benitez.
Zdenek Zeman believes that Roberto Mancini has an advantage over Milan Coach Filippo Inzaghi heading into the Derby della Madonnina.
Zdenek Zeman believes that the fight for the title will not be polarised, and thinks that Italy still has talented young players.
Napoli and Belgium winger Dries Mertens remains in doubt for Sunday’s Serie A match against Cagliari.
Roma director Walter Sabatini reveals Zdenek Zeman was his biggest regret, Coppa Italia Final shame and “laughable” refereeing at Juventus.
Cagliari defender Luca Rossettini said his debut Italy call against Albania is “a dream come true.”
Italy called another 14 players to face Albania, including Stefano Okaka, Francesco Acerbi, Domenico Criscito and Stefano Sturaro.
Gigi Di Biagio has added Federico Barba and Alessio Cragno to the Italy Under-21 squad for a friendly with Denmark.
Cagliari could be without star striker Marco Sau for up to a month after he was diagnosed with a thigh problem.
Cagliari’s Albin Ekdal has been recognised as the best Swedish midfielder for the second year in a row.
Zdenek Zeman warned Cagliari “will find it difficult to win” if they keep wasting chances like the Genoa game.
Gian Piero Gasperini felt Genoa “played better than in other games” despite only getting a draw at Cagliari.
Mattia Perin’s penalty save and an own goal allowed 10-man Genoa to grab a 1-1 draw at Cagliari.
Genoa have won four of their last five games, but face a tough trip to Zdenek Zeman’s unpredictable Cagliari.
Gian Piero Gasperini wants Genoa to “end this fantastic streak on a high” in Cagliari after four wins in five rounds.
Zdenek Zeman demands a different “mentality” from Cagliari against Genoa after their heavy defeat to Lazio.
Arrigo Sacchi criticised Italy boss Antonio Conte and said Mario Balotelli “is not a football player,” but Zdenek Zeman “is a genius.”
Cagliari Coach Zdenek Zeman reveals “Barcelona called me years ago, but we didn’t reach an agreement.”
Mauricio Pinilla is eager to meet his old Cagliari friends when Genoa travel to Sardinia this weekend.