NAPOLI NEWS

Dries Mertens bagged a brace as Napoli got themselves back in the race for second with a 2-1 win away to Roma, but only thanks to a Pepe Reina stoppage-time miracle.
Roma director Mauro Baldissoni notes the importance of beating Napoli to second place and shrugs off Luciano Spalletti’s contract situation.
Radja Nainggolan warns both Roma and Napoli are very dangerous in attack ahead of today’s showdown for second place.
Roma and Napoli go head-to-head for second place with a change of system to 4-2-3-1 against Dries Mertens and Marko Rog.
Arkadiusz Milik is expected to start for Napoli in this afternoon’s showdown with Roma, though there are some doubts for both Coaches.
Roma ultras continue to boycott the Stadio Olimpico, so 1,000 of them cheered on the team ahead of the Napoli game at their training ground.
Diego Perotti warned Roma must use pressure “to motivate, not strike fear” as they welcome Napoli today, revealed his pranks and why goals don’t come easy.
Former Napoli director Pierpaolo Marino expects Maurizio Sarri to leave because of President Aurelio De Laurentiis. “Those wounds remain.”
Tianjin Quanjian Coach Fabio Cannavaro admits he tried to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, but rejected Marouane Fellaini.
Radja Nainggolan is included in the Roma squad for tomorrow afternoon’s Napoli match, despite concerns over his fitness.
Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic insists “I never touched Raul Albiol” after the controversial Napoli game.
Fabio Quagliarella’s father confirms the striker would return to Napoli, and explains Juventus were his only choice when leaving.
Luciano Spalletti says people should “attack” racists and that he has yet to speak to Roma about what the future holds.
Allan is back in Napoli’s squad for Saturday’s trip to Serie A rivals Roma, but Lorenzo Tonelli remains absent.
Luciano Spalletti insists Roma are not suffering from burnout ahead of Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Napoli in Serie A.
Cesare Prandelli says Napoli “probably play the best football in Europe” but are being held back by an inability to “handle” the rigours of a season.
Reports suggest that striker Arkadiusz Milik could command a place in the Napoli starting lineup against Roma on Saturday.
Napoli are reportedly planning another attempted summer swoop for Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen.
Fabio Capello believes Napoli can still overturn their 3-1 first leg Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. “They must be aggressive.”
Allan and Radja Nainggolan appear to have shaken off injuries ahead of Saturday’s Roma-Napoli showdown.