Udinese loss blamed on fatigue
Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin has argued that their Europa League commitments may have been a factor in last night’s 1-0 loss to Novara.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Reja: 'Lazio are in bad shape'
Edy Reja concedes third place for Lazio would be “a miracle” between injuries, bans, fatigue and two red cards in tonight’s defeat to Bologna.
Official: Cagliari recall Ficcadenti
As expected, Cagliari have now officially recalled Massimo Ficcadenti after sacking Davide Ballardini.
Ibra argument with journalist
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a “clarifying phone call” with a Sky Sport Italia journalist after their ugly altercation.
Tesser return sinks Udinese
Bottom of the table Novara welcomed back Coach Attilio Tesser with a surprise victory over fourth-placed Udinese.
Bologna crush nine-man Lazio
Bologna caused a shock with their first win at the Olimpico in 15 years, as Lazio lost their heads and went down to nine men.
Lazio make more changes in their push for third place, but Bologna have surprisingly switched strikers.
Official: Cagliari sack Ballardini
Cagliari have officially sacked Davide Ballardini, but have not yet announced the name of his replacement.
Max Allegri insists this was not a decisive win for Milan, as Lecce assistant manager Mario Palazzi blames a nervous start.
Pasquale Marino gladly clings to the point, but Juventus protest at the referee.
Cesena assistant manager Massimiliano Canzi blames the penalty incident as Giuseppe Sannino hails a relegation play-off.
Vincenzo Montella hailed Catania's determination, as Delio Rossi cursed Fiorentina's naive error.
Stefano Colantuono rues a defensive distraction and Roberto Donadoni gladly takes the point.
Ibra irritated by row talk
Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists the stories of a row with Massimiliano Allegri are false. “Everyone talks, even those who ought to shut up.”
Preziosi: 'Juve deserved win, but...'
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi concedes “Juventus deserved to win,” but feels both sides had reason to complain about the referee.
Juve call media silence
Juventus have called a media silence in protest at the refereeing decisions during today’s 0-0 draw with Genoa.
Allegri surprised at Milan lead
Massimiliano Allegri admits he didn’t expect to be four points clear, “but there’s a long way to go.” He also defended Milan’s performance against Arsenal.
Maradona seeks Napoli return
Diego Armando Maradona declared he wants “to return to Napoli and that means clarifying my position around taxes.”
Serie A: Viola slide, Cesena moan
Fiorentina wasted chances in their defeat to Catania, while Parma snatched a point away to Atalanta, but Siena’s win in Cesena was steeped in controversy.
Milan go four points clear
Antonio Nocerino’s deflected effort and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic moment of magic saw Milan sweep Lecce aside 2-0.
Juve denied by Genoa woodwork
It’s a mystery how Genoa-Juventus ended goalless, as the Bianconeri hit the woodwork three times and both sides had furious penalty appeals.
Serie B: Bari beat Reggina
Bari earned a surprise last-gasp win to further damage Reggina's promotion hopes.
Cagliari to recall Ficcadenti?
Cagliari look set to recall Coach Massimo Ficcadenti after hitting problems with Davide Ballardini.
Juventus have Arturo Vidal playing centre-back as Genoa welcome Alberto Gilardino back from an injury lay-off.
Milan have Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Urby Emanuelson in their trident to take on Lecce at San Siro.
Zampa: 'Mutti not at risk, but...'
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini assures Coach Bortolo Mutti “is not at risk,” but warned his players they must be “pulled by the hair.”
Di Matteo: 'Chelsea can beat Napoli'
Roberto Di Matteo confirms he will use Arsenal-Milan to “give us the belief we can turn it around as well” when Chelsea face Napoli.
Moratti: 'Excessive Inter criticism'
Massimo Moratti believes there has been excessive criticism of his Inter side after they ended their two-month drought.
'Bitter' Zampa wields Mutti axe?
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini was “very bitter” at the home defeat to Roma and the club refused to rule out sacking Bortolo Mutti.
De Rossi targets Champions League
Daniele De Rossi has not given up hope of Champions League qualification for Roma. “We’ll try to win them all and see where we end up.”
Matri: 'Race is wide open!'
Alessandro Matri insists the Scudetto race “is wide open” as Juventus go into the game with Genoa trailing Milan by two points.
Donadoni 'home' with Atalanta
Parma Coach Roberto Donadoni stands up for his side’s recent performances and concedes it’ll be a special game against hometown club Atalanta.
Pioli expects to upset Lazio
Stefano Pioli’s Bologna have upset numerous big clubs recently and he’s confident they can “continue this positive moment” against Lazio too.
Sannino sees Siena turning point
Giuseppe Sannino is aware today’s Cesena-Siena match is “a game of vital importance in the relegation battle.”
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