NEWS

Napoli midfielder Dries Mertens says his team have not yet given up hope of finishing second in the Serie A table.
Milan defender Adil Rami says his side do not fear Juventus ahead of the Serie A meeting between the sides.
Arturo Vidal insists that Juventus are going out all guns blazing to win a Serie A and Europa League double this season.
Genoa’s injured midfielder Juraj Kucka has called on his side to remain professional between now and the end of the season.
Inter Coach Walter Mazzarri admits he still doesn’t know whether attacking midfielder Hernanes will be fit to feature against Roma.
Roma Coach Rudi Garcia says his side’s fans must learn to abide by the rules if they wish to avoid playing behind closed Curve in the future.
Milan attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt says he never doubted his ability even while struggling at Championship side QPR.
Marcello Lippi has performed a surprise U-turn and signed a new contract to stay at Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.
Vicente del Bosque believes Italy will be Spain’s final great test before the World Cup, as he explains Fernando Llorente’s omission.
Brendan Rodgers has made clear that he does not think Pepe Reina will return to Liverpool next summer after his spell at Napoli.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete is reportedly now reluctant to sign Cesare Prandelli to the length of contract he is apparently after.
Riccardo Montolivo says that whilst he is grateful to Max Allegri, Milan ‘needed a jolt’, and that replacement Clarence Seedorf will ‘become great’.
Juventus forward Fernando Llorente has missed out on inclusion in the Spain squad to face Italy next week, but Diego Costa is in.
Cesare Prandelli will name his Italy squad to play Spain on Sunday, whilst speculation is out on who may make his March training camp too.
Ricky Kaka has labelled Milan’s clash with Juventus as an ‘international derby’ that represents a valuable three points for the Rossoneri.
The Italian Football Federation have added their name to a campaign against homophobia, which had seen Davide Moscardelli and Daniele Dessena abused online.
Fabrizio Miccoli won’t face a sporting punishment for comments he said last year about murdered Italian judge Giovanni Falcone.
Daniele De Rossi has reflected on how his first impression of Rudi Garcia was so different to the man he now ‘thanks God’ is at Roma.
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Mario Gomez “didn’t think it would be this difficult” to find his fitness after his first Fiorentina start in five months.
Antonio Conte praised Juventus for their victory at Trabzonspor and warned Fiorentina will be “a very difficult obstacle.”
Daniel Osvaldo revealed there’s a reason he combines so well with new Juventus teammate Sebastian Giovinco.
Vincenzo Montella saw positives in Fiorentina’s draw with Esbjerg, but admits Juventus would be “the last team” he’d pick to face.
Fiorentina had already done the work, so this 1-1 draw with Esbjerg set up the Europa League showdown with Juventus.
Juventus comfortably crushed Trabzonspor 2-0 in Turkey and will play Fiorentina in the next Europa League round.
As Lazio are out of the Europa League, Roma-Parma will be played on April 2 after it was rained off in January.
Garry Monk was proud that Swansea City gave Napoli a huge scare in the Europa League. “We pushed them all the way.”
“We gifted it to them,” shrugged Edy Reja after a 3-3 draw at Ludogorets saw Lazio go out of the Europa League.
Rafa Benitez was “convinced Swansea would cause us problems” and noted a psychological difference between them and Napoli.
Pepe Reina admits Napoli “suffer too much” and he feared they wouldn’t make it against Swansea.
Gonzalo Higuain thanked “my team and our fans” for helping Napoli overcome Swansea in the Europa League.
Napoli made life extremely difficult for themselves, but eventually squeezed past Swansea City 3-1.
Lazio had taken the lead after 18 seconds, but defensive and goalkeeping errors saw them crash out 4-3 on aggregate to Ludogorets.
Juventus won the first leg 2-0, but are taking no chances as they visit Trabzonspor in a fiery atmosphere.
Fiorentina give Mario Gomez his first start since September as they host Esbjerg in the Europa League.

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