Serie A Previews: Milan Derby Day
It’s the Derby della Madonnina with Roberto Mancini’s Inter return, Napoli take on Zdenek Zeman’s Cagliari and Verona-Fiorentina.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Pioli: 'Lazio tip hats to Juve'
Stefano Pioli said Lazio “can only tip our hats” to Juventus, but regrets letting their heads drop so early.
Allegri: 'Pogba can be the best'
Max Allegri said Paul Pogba “can become the strongest midfielder in the world” after Juventus crushed Lazio 3-0.
Tevez: 'Best form of my career'
Carlos Tevez confessed “this is the best form of my career” after his ninth Juventus goal in 10 Serie A games.
Pogba double dooms Lazio
Paul Pogba’s brace and Carlos Tevez allowed 10-man Juventus to thump Lazio 3-0 at the Olimpico.
Totti: 'Dedicated to Castan'
Francesco Totti dedicated Roma’s victory to Leandro Castan, who will face brain surgery “with the same grit he puts into each game.”
Colantuono slams referee
Atalanta Coach Stefano Colantuono was furious with the referee after a 2-1 home defeat to Roma.
Garcia: 'Ljajic extremely talented'
Rudi Garcia insists he was right to have faith in Adem Ljajic, but concedes Roma “gave away the ball” too much with Atalanta.
Palacio: 'Biggest game of the year'
Rodrigo Palacio admits the Derby della Madonnina is “the most important game of the year” for Inter.
Serie A leaders Juventus visit fifth-placed Lazio with Andrea Pirlo starting, but there’s an 11-year taboo around this fixture.
Roma comeback in Bergamo
Roma went behind after 57 seconds, but fought back to beat Atalanta 2-1 thanks to Adem Ljajic and Radja Nainggolan.
Zeman: 'Don't fear Napoli'
Zdenek Zeman is looking forward to Cagliari’s game at Napoli, as “they will give us more space to attack into.”
Miha: 'Samp favourites, but...'
Sinisa Mihajlovic said Sampdoria mustn’t get lulled into a false sense of security as “favourites” in Cesena.
Hernanes fit for Milan-Inter
Hernanes has been included in the Inter squad for tomorrow’s Milan derby, while many others return from injury.
Roma 'want win for Castan'
Roma director Mauro Baldissoni confirmed the players want to win against Atalanta “so they can dedicate it to Leandro Castan.”
Montolivo back for Milan
Riccardo Montolivo is back in the Milan squad for the derby, almost six months after fracturing his tibia.
Roma are without numerous top players for their trip to Atalanta, but Mattia Destro takes centre-stage in Bergamo.
Serie B: Nine-man Carpi comeback!
Leaders Carpi fought back for a 3-3 thriller at Brescia despite being down to nine men, while Modena-Pescara had four red cards.
Donadoni: 'Parma focus on football'
Roberto Donadoni urged Parma to focus on Empoli and not their financial problems. “Our only objective is to win.”
Jankovic has fractured ankle
Verona midfielder Bosko Jankovic has undergone surgery on a fractured ankle.
Toro injury crisis with Sassuolo
Torino are without six players for tomorrow’s early kick-off with Sassuolo, adding Marcelo Larrondo and Salvatore Masiello to the absentee list.
Inzaghi: 'Milan derby like no other'
Pippo Inzaghi admits his first Milan derby “cannot be a game like the others, but it’ll be difficult for Inter to be stronger than us.”
Mancini: 'Inter mentality is key'
Roberto Mancini is excited to make his second Inter debut in the Milan derby, reiterating the “mentality” must change before the tactics.
Napoli decimated with Cagliari
Napoli are without Dries Mertens, Juan Zuniga, Michu or Jorginho for tomorrow’s clash with Cagliari.
Torino 'always wanted Giovinco'
Sebastian Giovinco’s contract with Juventus is due to expire and his agent confirms Torino “have wanted him for some time.”
Benitez: 'I'm like Zeman, but...'
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez feels a kinship with Cagliari Coach Zdenek Zeman, although “I like to attack and win too...”
Milito: 'A new Mancini era'
Diego Milito believes Roberto Mancini can build a new winning era at Inter, “just as he did for Jose Mourinho.”
Alex out of the Milan derby
Milan have lost defender Alex for the Derby della Madonnina after a thigh strain in training.
Montella: 'Fiorentina motivated like me'
Vincenzo Montella said Fiorentina “are just as motivated as I am” to shake off problems against Verona.
Shevchenko awaits Torres
Andriy Shevchenko warns the Milan derby “is worth a lot more than three points” and expects more from Fernando Torres.
Ferrero: 'Miha is my Boskov'
President Massimo Ferrero believes Sampdoria “can win the Scudetto with Sinisa Mihajlovic as my Vujadin Boskov.”
Ferrero on Serie A Presidents
Sampdoria patron Massimo Ferrero was his usual outlandish self, praising and criticising the other Serie A Presidents.
Conte welcomes Coach meeting
Antonio Conte welcomes the decision to organise meetings with Serie A, B and Lega Pro Coaches.
Guarin: 'Mancini brings joy'
Fredy Guarin “admires” new Coach Roberto Mancini and now sees “joy, passion and enthusiasm” at Inter.
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