After Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, Serie A returns to brighten the post-apocalyptic gloom.
Roma striker Patrik Schick is out of the Derby della Capitale with Lazio, but Radja Nainggolan is included.
Simone Inzaghi says he is ‘hopeful’ that Ciro Immobile can play in Saturday’s Derby della Capitale between Lazio and Roma.
Eusebio Di Francesco confirms Patrik Schick will miss Roma-Lazio on Saturday, while a decision on Radja Nainggolan will be made just before kick-off.
Lucas Leiva says “the need for a new challenge” prompted his move to Lazio but reveals “I was close to Inter in the past.”
Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha admits it “hurt to see my idol Gigi Buffon so sad,” along with Ciro Immobile and Marco Parolo, after Italy missed the World Cup.
Stefan Radu notes “the Rome Derby begins the moment the Serie A fixture list is drawn up,” as Roma and Lazio supporters circle the date.
Stephan El Shaarawy explains what it’s like to score in the Rome Derby and hails Coach Eusebio Di Francesco for giving them “courage.”
Roma have sparked controversy in Rome by setting up a partnership with Uber, infuriating local taxi drivers. “This will turn around and bite them.”
Ciro Immobile is a major doubt to feature for Lazio in the Derby della Capitale against Roma on Saturday after he skipped training.
Gianluca Rocchi has been confirmed as the referee for this weekend’s Derby della Capitale.
Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman says the derby with Lazio is “a special game” and warns “there are no favourites”.
Lazio attacker Felipe Anderson is reportedly a doubt for Saturday’s Derby della Capitale against Roma.
Mario Balotelli has admitted that Simone Inzaghi is a “very good” Coach and refused to close the door on a potential move to Lazio.
Former Juventus man Luciano Moggi has claimed that Giampiero Ventura was set for Lazio before Italy and described the CT as “unfit and a dud.”
The candidates for the Serie A Top XI players of 2017 are announced, with Max Allegri, Maurizio Sarri and Gian Piero Gasperini up for best Coach.
Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as they were held 0-0 by Sweden at San Siro, losing the play-off 1-0 on aggregate.
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match comments from Italy’s decisive World Cup play-off with Sweden at San Siro.
Jorginho gets his first competitive start for Italy with Manolo Gabbiadini and Alessandro Florenzi for the World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Italy are expected to start Jorginho, Alessandro Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini in the decisive World Cup play-off against Sweden.