NEWS

Alessandro Nesta, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alexandre Pato are still out of action for Milan’s game with Lecce.
Pescara fought back to go temporarily top awaiting Torino, while Sampdoria stalled Sassuolo and Varese paid the penalty.
Edy Reja won’t rule out a Scudetto push for Lazio. “Milan and Juventus are superior, but if we get our injured players back, we can have our say.”
Serse Cosmi’s assistant manager warns Milan that he “never loses” when stepping in for the suspended Coach. “Lecce want points at San Siro.”
Pasquale Marino does not believe Juventus are struggling ahead of the Genoa clash. “If they are unbeaten, there is a reason...”
Italian newspapers suggest Roma have beaten Everton and Palermo to Greek Under-21 international defender Kostas Manolas.
Massimiliano Allegri insists he never had a problem with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and warns Milan “it’s all in our hands” ahead of the Lecce game.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has a radical idea to shake up the Scudetto race. “Imagine a play-off between the top four teams!”
Mario Balotelli gave a rare interview to the BBC and Noel Gallagher, dividing the false stories from the true ones, his rapport with Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho.
Olympique Marseille have lost four in a row, so Didier Deschamps and his President admit “an entire season” rests on their trip to Inter.
Milan defender Djamel Mesbah admits it will be “emotional” to face Lecce on Sunday, the team he left in January.
Roma hope to increase their American connection with a bid for Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey.
Antonio Conte is refusing to speak to the media after his “unjust” ban, so assistant manager Angelo Alessio insists Juventus “will double our efforts” against Genoa.
Christian Maggio says Napoli can learn from the good and the bad of their 6-3 victory ahead of the Chelsea trip.
President Maurizio Zamparini is “95 per cent” sure Palermo will beat Roma tonight, but admits he is “worried about the referee.”
Inter President Massimo Moratti hailed “an important victory, but we need more ambition and grit against Marseille.”
Tonight expect a goal-packed thriller in Palermo, while Juventus visit Genoa and Milan welcome Serse Cosmi’s Lecce on Sunday.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Walter Mazzarri has warned Napoli “cannot afford similar defensive errors against Chelsea” after an epic 6-3 win over Cagliari.
Claudio Ranieri admits he was “moved” after he was spotted misty-eyed at Inter’s victory against Chievo. “They finally played like Inter.”
Napoli sent a message to Chelsea with their 6-3 demolition of Cagliari and a sixth straight win, although Joaquin Larrivey showed what can happen when they get complacent.
Diego Milito had his penalty saved, but he and Walter Samuel struck in the final minutes to sink Chievo in Inter’s first win since January.
There are reports that Inter President Massimo Moratti had dinner with Andre Villas-Boas in London last weekend.
Napoli have rested Edinson Cavani ahead of their Chelsea clash, as they take on Cagliari tonight in Serie A.
Inter have Wesley Sneijder, Diego Forlan and Diego Milito in the starting XI for tonight’s trip to Chievo.
Gennaro Gattuso’s return to the playing field has been postponed yet again due to his medication, confirmed Milan this evening.
Fiorentina just failed to sign Ajax forward Mounir El Hamdaoui in January, but this move could be revived in the summer.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists Mario Balotelli “is the best Italian striker, though with him anything can happen.”
An investigation has been launched after an offensive banner towards Gianluca Pessotto was shown during Bologna-Juventus.
Francesco Totti is in the Roma squad to face Palermo tomorrow evening, but Giulio Migliaccio’s absence further reshuffles the Sicilian defence.
Cesare Prandelli has told Mario Balotelli “now he needs to go from words to action” after he was dropped from the Italy squad.
Alessandro Diamanti is looking forward to facing Lazio this weekend, as he claims he is a fans’ favourite, despite never having played for the team.
Mimmo Di Carlo is targeting another upset on Friday evening as Chievo entertain crisis-stricken Inter.
Thiago Ribeiro does not see Cagliari as in danger of relegation, even as recent results have presented the possibility.
Javier Zanetti has wished Inter a happy birthday, as the Nerazzurri turn 104 years old today.

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