Serie A Team of Week 30
Following a midweek round where records were made, broken and smashed Dave Taylor picks his best XI.
‘Atalanta atmosphere like Juve’s’
Marcelo Estigarribia says that the atmosphere at Atalanta reminds him of a similar one he saw at Juventus.
Trap: Juventus aren’t lucky
Giovanni Trapattoni has rejected the idea that Juventus’ success this season is down to luck, calling Antonio Conte a ‘Coach of absolute value’.
Paloschi: No Milan regrets
Alberto Paloschi says he has no regrets that his career has taken him away from Milan, whilst he looks at Chievo’s more ‘manageable’ calendar coming up.
Webb: Pirlo’s free-kick…
Howard Webb is grateful for his ovation at Fiorentina-Juventus, and for being able to witness first hand Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick.
Granada may sack Dani Benitez
Granada are reportedly looking to sack Udinese-owned player Dani Benitez, after he allegedly tested positive for cocaine.
‘Pogba evaluations after World Cup’
Mino Raiola has clarified that he and Paul Pogba won’t consider offers from Juventus or other clubs until after the World Cup.
Tevez ‘didn’t expect decisiveness’
Carlos Tevez says he didn’t expect to be so decisive for Juventus in his first year, as he reflects on where the League is won and lost.
Serie A debt at €1.5bn
Serie A clubs increased revenue last season by eight per cent, but also spending by four per cent, with total debt set at €1.5bn.
Pallotta: We’ll retire Totti’s 10
James Pallotta says new stadiums are essential for Italian football, there is no rush over Rudi Garcia and that Francesco Totti’s No 10 will retire with him.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Mazzarri: 'Inter deserved victory'
Walter Mazzarri felt Inter “fully deserved a victory” against Udinese and explained why he bit a water bottle.
Guidolin: 'Udinese under siege'
Francesco Guidolin admits Udinese were “under siege for 20-30 minutes,” but liked their approach to Inter.
Scuffet admires Handanovic
Udinese’s 17-year-old goalkeeper Simone Scuffet was man of the match, but asked for Samir Handanovic’s shirt.
Udinese hold wasteful Inter
Once again Inter wasted numerous scoring opportunities and were denied by heroic Simone Scuffet for a 0-0 draw with Udinese.
Liverpool seek Swiss Napoli duo
Swiss sources claim Liverpool are targeting Napoli midfielders Gokhan Inler and Valon Behrami.
Inter 'working towards' Dzeko, Torres
Inter director Piero Ausilio confirmed Ibrahima Mbaye will return and they are “working in the direction” of Edin Dzeko or Fernando Torres.
Juve eye Pardo as Pirlo heir
Spanish media claim Juventus are targeting Real Sociedad talent Ruben Pardo as the heir to Andrea Pirlo.
Juan Jesus: 'Ban felt like a year!'
Juan Jesus returns from a three-match ban in Inter-Udinese, but insists “it felt like being out for a year.”
Soros was ready to buy Roma
Roma President James Pallotta reveals billionaire George Soros broke off a deal to buy the club with one day to spare.
Inter can move to within a point of fourth place tonight, but first have to get past Udinese.
Gilardino fractures hand
Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino has been diagnosed with a fractured bone in his hand.
Torino fans protest Chievo fixture
Torino fans started a petition to move their game with Chievo, as it coincides with the anniversary of the Superga tragedy.
Dedé agent confirms Milan interest
Cruzeiro and Brazil defender Dedè “is liked by Milan, but also tracked by other Italian clubs,” said his agent.
Cellino appeals Leeds block
As expected, Cagliari President Massimo Cellino lodged an appeal against the Football League’s decision to block his Leeds buy-out.
Taarabt future 'depends on Seedorf'
Adel Taarabt’s agent said whether his Milan move becomes permanent depends on “if Clarence Seedorf remains.”
Marchisio: 'Juve miss Champions'
Claudio Marchisio will go all out to win the Europa League, but admits Juventus “haven’t won the Champions League in far too long.”
Pasqual joins injury list
Manuel Pasqual has joined the lengthy Fiorentina injury list and is out for at least 10 days with a thigh strain.
Udinese send Riera to Watford
Udinese have handed Albert Riera to feeder club Watford until the end of the season, just days after signing him.
Lafferty ‘happy’ at Palermo
Palermo forward Kyle Lafferty says he is enjoying playing for the club and intends to see out the remainder of his contract with the Sicilian side.
Lippi: Juve virtually unbeatable
Marcello Lippi has described Juventus as ‘virtually unbeatable’ ahead of their match with Napoli on Sunday.
Lotito: Players want out of Lazio
Lazio President Claudio Lotito says some Lazio players want to leave the club, strongly hinting that it is the club’s fans’ fault.
‘Insigne eager to score against Juve’
Lorenzo Insigne’s agent says his client is eager to bag a goal when Napoli take on Juventus this weekend.
‘Fantastic Samp atmosphere’
Sampdoria’s Stefano Okaka puts his team’s recent success down to the fantastic atmosphere within the Blucerchiati dressing room.
Hamsik ‘can’t wait’ for Juve
Napoli’s Marek Hamsik says he cannot wait for his side’s match against runaway Serie A leader Juventus on Sunday.
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