Serie A Previews: Rome Derby Day!
It’s an action-packed day with Inter visiting Sassuolo, then the Derby della Capitale and tonight a Milan-Napoli showdown.
Fabio Liverani criticised Francesco Lodi, while Davide Nicola thanked his goalkeeper.
Wk4: Genoa-Livorno stalemate
Genoa and Livorno both had great opportunities to win, denied by the woodwork, a goalline clearance and extraordinary defending, but it ended goalless.
Agazzi: 'It was my fault'
Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi has apologised to his teammates after a howler in the 2-2 draw with Sampdoria.
Giuseppe Sannino praised Chievo's tactical wisdom, but Francesco Guidolin accused Udinese of "unconscionable arrogance."
Diego Lopez hopes Cagliari learn a lesson and Delio Rossi saw a post-derby response from Sampdoria.
Genoa and Livorno are both riding on a wave of enthusiasm, but who will fall off first?
Wk4: Crazy Cagliari and Chievo!
It was a crazy finale as Sampdoria held Cagliari 2-2 with goalkeeping howlers, while Chievo fought back to beat Udinese despite a goal after 50 seconds.
Abate and Niang return
Milan have called up 20 players for the clash with Napoli, though Ignazio Abate and M’Baye Niang return.
Antonio Di Natale is rested and Sergio Pellissier partners Alberto Paloschi in today’s Chievo-Udinese.
Fiorentina miss stars in Bergamo
Fiorentina are without Mario Gomez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Josip Ilicic and David Pizarro for their trip to Atalanta.
Serie B: Shock home defeats
Pescara, Brescia and Cittadella earned shock home defeats, while Trapani’s fairytale ended and Empoli completed a great comeback.
Toni returns for Juve-Verona
Hellas Verona are without Raphael Martinho and Domenico Maietta for their trip to the Juventus Stadium, but Luca Toni returns.
Mazzarri: 'Inter not like Juve'
Walter Mazzarri thanked President Massimo Moratti for his team talk as Inter prepare for Sassuolo and shrugged off Juventus comparisons.
Petkovic: 'Lazio happy underdogs'
Vladimir Petkovic is glad Roma are seen as the favourites in the Derby della Capitale. “It’ll give Lazio something to prove.”
Inter squad for Sassuolo
Inter have named their squad for Sunday’s early kick-off against Sassuolo.
Marchisio back for Juve-Verona
Claudio Marchisio returns to the Juventus squad to face Hellas Verona after a month out with a knee injury.
Allegri: 'Why are Napoli favourites?'
Max Allegri doesn’t see why Napoli should be considered favourites against Milan, even if they have the “diabolical” Gonzalo Higuain.
Garcia: 'You don't play a derby...'
Rudi Garcia is about to experience his first ever Derby della Capitale. “You don’t play a derby, you win it.”
Roma squad for Derby
Adem Ljajic and Federico Balzaretti are in the Roma squad to take on Lazio tomorrow afternoon.
Zanetti: 'Mazzarri like Cuper'
Javier Zanetti compared Walter Mazzarri to ex-Inter Coach Hector Cuper and will retire next year if he stops being “useful.”
Benitez: 'No Milan-Napoli favourites'
Rafa Benitez expects two attacking teams to go at it on Sunday night, so “it doesn’t matter” whether Napoli or Milan are considered favourites.
Higuain 'turned down Milan'
There are reports Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain was twice close to Milan, but turned them down.
Prandelli on Rossi, Insigne and Totti
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli admits Giuseppe Rossi and Lorenzo Insigne are “surprising” him, while Francesco Totti could be at the World Cup.
Conte: 'Used to Juve criticism'
Antonio Conte reveals he’ll be resting Gigi Buffon against Verona, reassures Fernando Llorente and shrugs off criticism of Juventus.
Zuniga close to Barcelona?
Colombian media claim Napoli wing-back Juan Camilo Zuniga is very close to agreeing a move to Barcelona.
Rossi: 'Samp can be redeemed'
Delio Rossi tried to revive a battered Sampdoria ahead of today’s match with Cagliari. “We can only make up for the Derby with performances.”
Lamela: 'I'll watch Rome Derby!'
Erik Lamela may have left Roma for Tottenham, but he will “definitely watch the Derby.” Meanwhile, there are injury concerns for Adem Ljajic.
Serie B: Spezia sink Palermo
In the two Friday night Serie B games, Gennaro Gattuso’s Palermo stumbled in Spezia and Latina stalled Virtus Lanciano.
VIDEO: Balotelli, don't touch the hair!
If there’s one person guaranteed to not take an official photo session seriously, it’s Mario Balotelli...
Serie A Previews: Showdowns!
There are three games today, while Sunday brings top clashes Roma-Lazio, Juventus with giant-killers Verona and Milan-Napoli.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Curci thankful for second chance
Bologna goalkeeper Gianluca Curci has admitted that Bologna have given him a second chance this season.
Callejon: Naples is unique
Jose Maria Callejon has described what life is like for a Partenopei player in Naples, admitting it is ‘unique’.
Nicola 'excited' for Genoa return
Livorno boss Davide Nicola has admitted he is looking forward to facing former club Genoa this weekend.
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