Serie A Team of Week 9
As Roma caught Juventus up at the top, Dave Taylor picks his best XI from Serie A’s midweek round of Week 9.
Garcia hopes for Manolas return
Roma Coach Rudi Garcia is hopeful that defender Kostas Manolas will be fit to face Napoli, while also discussing Mattia Destro.
Garcia: Everyone will drop points
Rudi Garcia has warned that everyone will drop points between now and the end of the season, as his Roma eye a first Scudetto since 2001.
Roma Coach: Napoli will be tough
Roma Coach Rudi Garcia says he is well aware of how an away tie at Napoli could prove for his side.
Allegri hints at Tevez rest
Massimiliano Allegri has appeared to confirm that Carlos Tevez will be rested when Juventus take on Empoli on Saturday.
Allegri hits back at critics
Massimiliano Allegri has hit back at criticism that his Juventus side is less hungry than under Antonio Conte.
Allegri not focused on Olympiacos
Juventus are not even thinking about their Champions League clash with Olympiacos insists Max Allegri, as they must concentrate on Empoli.
‘Juventus have been a disaster, but…’
Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that his side’s away form has been ‘disastrous’ of late.
Astori out for three weeks?
Davide Astori will undergo an assessment today to determine the extent of his thigh injury, and faces at least three weeks out for Roma.
Antonini ‘wasn’t taunting Allegri’
Genoa defender Luca Antonini has denied taunting Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri after scoring the winner against the Bianconeri on Wednesday.
De Rossi in defence at Napoli?
Roma could field Daniele De Rossi in central defence for their trip to Napoli if the club’s injury situation doesn’t improve.
Napoli could sell Zuniga
In disagreement over treatment of a knee injury, Napoli could sell Juan Camilo Zuniga in January should the right offer arrive.
Juventus to rest Tevez
Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri will rest Carlos Tevez for the Bianconeri’s trip to Empoli, according to reports.
Torres hampered by ankle issue
Fernando Torres’ poor start to his Milan career can in part be attributed to a recurring ankle problem, reports suggest.
Sampdoria option for Pazzini
Out of favour Milan forward Giampaolo Pazzini could be in line for a return to former club Sampdoria.
Birindelli: Juventus lack fight
Former Juventus defender Alessandro Birindelli believes Massimiliano Allegri’s side lack the fight that characterised Antonio Conte’s reign.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from The Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Mandorlini: 'Point is positive'
Verona Coach Andrea Mandorlini feels a 1-1 draw with Lazio was positive after a run of two straight defeats.
Pioli: 'Lazio getting better'
Stefano Pioli preferred Lazio’s performance in a draw with Verona compared to their victory over Torino.
Verona stop 10-man Lazio
Luca Toni’s penalty held 10-man Lazio 1-1 in Verona, but the Aquile still go into joint third place.
Antonini: 'Juve were gutted!'
Luca Antonini enjoyed the fact Juventus were “gutted” to lose against Genoa. “After that adrenaline, I slept like a baby.”
Hamsik: 'How did Napoli not win?'
Marek Hamsik can’t believe Napoli didn’t win against Atalanta, but now “we want a victory with Roma.”
Sacchi: 'Van Basten best of all time'
Grande Milan Coach Arrigo Sacchi insists Marco van Basten “remains the best striker of all time.”
Ogbonna: 'Juve unshakeable'
Angelo Ogbonna trusts Juventus are “unshakeable” despite seeing their Serie A unbeaten record ended by Genoa.
Bari commemorate Ingesson
Serie B side Bari will hold a minute’s silence following the death of their former captain Klas Ingesson.
Verona host Lazio at the Stadio Bentegodi this evening, as the Aquile can leap into third place.
Castan: 'I do not have cancer'
Roma defender Leandro Castan said he’s raring to go and has overcome a series of health problems.
Mandragora thanks Genoa
Rolando Mandragora made his Serie A debut for Genoa against Juventus and his agent hailed the 17-year-old’s “humility.”
Mia Hamm on Roma role
Roma’s new Board of Directors member Mia Hamm will “do my best for this club” and be their US ambassador.
Kovacic: 'Inter are real friends'
Mateo Kovacic said Inter’s victory over Sampdoria was “fundamental” and they are becoming a group of friends.
Montolivo fracture has healed
Riccardo Montolivo’s fractured tibia has now healed, so he can resume training with the Milan squad.
Official: Juve-Napoli in Qatar
It is now official that the Juventus-Napoli Italian Super Cup will be played in Doha in less than two months’ time.
Torres: 'I wanted to quit Chelsea'
Fernando Torres insists Jose Mourinho did not force him out of Chelsea, but it was his decision to join Milan in the summer.
Bonucci: Juve must be ruthless
Leonardo Bonucci says that Juventus have been taught a hard lesson against Genoa and must be more ruthless.
Corvino: Sorry to lose Ingesson
Former Lecce sporting director Pantaleo Corvino says the late Klas Ingesson stopped playing because of the sadness he experienced after missing a penalty.
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