NEWS

Empoli were held to a home stalemate by Spezia, leaving them in joint third place with Cremonese and Venezia.
Inter striker Mauro Icardi will not join up with Argentina for international duty after sustaining a knee injury.
Antonio Conte replied to Milan rumours, but hit out at Chelsea and David Luiz after the 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli insists “Vincenzo Montella has our faith” and shrugged off questions about Antonio Conte.
Leonardo Bonucci warns “Milan need to win this evening” against Sassuolo and he must “give to Milan what I was able to give other teams.”
SPAL came back from a goal down to hold 10-man Atalanta and very nearly won it in stoppages, where they were denied by the upright.
Sassuolo midfielder Simone Missiroli believes tonight’s clash with Milan “will be played more with the mind than the feet.”
Vincenzo Montella could well be sacked if Milan fail to beat Sassuolo tonight and he relies on Nikola Kalinic, Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu.
Mario Balotelli scored, received a red card and punched a dugout as Nice heat Dijon 1-0 in Ligue 1.
Milan are reportedly hopeful of securing the services of Antonio Conte as Head Coach from next summer.
Mattia De Sciglio admits he ‘cannot please everyone’ after criticism from sections of Juventus’ support.
Inter missed the opportunity to go top of the Serie A table thanks to Torino doing their homework at San Siro.
Mario Rui admits Napoli’s goalless draw with Chievo was not the full debut for the club he wanted.
Fabio Pecchia admits Verona deserved to lose to Cagliari but says his side need to keep their heads up.
Cagliari Coach Diego Lopez is pleased with his side’s win over Verona but warns there is room for improvement.
Maurizio Sarri admits Napoli “were lacking sharpness” in the goalless draw with Chievo, but defends the performance at the Bentegodi.
Join us for build-up and action from today’s Serie A games, including Inter-Torino, Fiorentina-Roma, Chievo-Napoli, Juventus-Benevento, Sassuolo-Milan.
Roberto De Zerbi believes Benevento can battle to avoid relegation after today’s 2-1 defeat to Juventus.
Genoa have officially fired Coach Ivan Juric after just six points from 12 Serie A rounds, with Davide Ballardini expected to come in.
Stefano Pioli admits Fiorentina are not at the same level as Serie A’s top sides after losing 4-2 to Roma.
Rolando Maran explains how Chievo managed to “neutralise” Serie A leaders Napoli in a goalless draw at the Bentegodi.
Max Allegri both complimented and criticised Juventus for being “too hasty” in the 2-1 victory over Benevento.
Sinisa Mihajlovic says Torino’s performance against Inter this afternoon was ‘almost perfect.’
Eusebio Di Francesco admits he was “afraid” of the trip to Fiorentina, but pleased with Roma’s hunger and determination to win 4-2.
Luciano Spalletti concedes Inter made more mistakes than usual in their 1-1 draw with Torino.
Cagliari saw a penalty saved and fought back from a goal down to get the better of Hellas Verona.
Amato Ciciretti’s free kick had given bottom club Benevento a shock lead in Turin, but Juventus fought back for the victory and move into second place.
Napoli kept a clean sheet despite missing Pepe Reina, but were unable to break down an organised and rugged Chievo.
Roma enjoyed a 12th consecutive Serie A away victory in this six-goal thriller with Fiorentina, including a brace from Gerson.
Lazio’s Serie A match against Udinese has been called off at the Stadio Olimpico due to heavy rainfall.
Juventus director Beppe Marotta warned Benevento are not “sparring partners,” but reassured Alex Sandro and Paulo Dybala.
Lorenzo Insigne said Napoli have to “make up” for the 4-2 defeat to Manchester City, but visit Chievo with fitness problems.
Inter had to fight back from a Iago Falque opener to snatch a point against Torino at San Siro, though Matias Vecino rattled the woodwork.
Pepe Reina is on the bench for Serie A leaders Napoli against Chievo, but Dries Mertens and Mario Rui are in the starting XI.
Juventus wish to honour the 120th anniversary of the club’s foundation and start Claudio Marchisio against bottom club Benevento.