NEWS

Sampdoria’s abandoned game with Roma will be played on December 13 or January 24, depending on the Coppa Italia.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis isn’t buying Pep Guardiola’s compliments - “who knows how sincere they are…”
Roma have been fined €20,000 for anti-Neapolitan chants, with Napoli fined €10,000 for throwing a flare.
As Napoli remain top of the table, Dave Taylor selects his best XI from Week 8’s top action over a long weekend.
Massimo Rastelli says “I’ll always be a Cagliari fan”, despite being sacked this morning.
Antonio Conte confirms Chelsea did bid for Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, but “it’s not right to speak about another team’s players”.
Antonio Conte confirms Chelsea have Alvaro Morata available to face Roma, but says his squad is “thin”.
Marcos Alonso says Roma are “very strong” and knows Chelsea will have to watch out for Edin Dzeko.
Gabriele Oriali acknowledges Sweden is “not an easy draw” but “we’re Italy, we have tradition”.
Italy’s last World Cup play-off took place 20 years ago - with a certain Gianluigi Buffon making his debut.
Italy and Sweden will meet for the 23rd and 24th time in the World Cup play-off, with the Azzurri unbeaten since 1998.
Italy will play Sweden in the play-off for the 2018 World Cup, with the first leg in Scandinavia.
Juventus Coach Max Allegri confirms Stefano Sturaro could play right-back against Sporting tomorrow.
Massimiliano Allegri assures “the atmosphere is good” at Juventus, but “we have to regain the balance”.
Giorgio Chiellini says the whole Juventus team is responsible for conceding more goals, and wishes Leonardo Bonucci well.
Giorgio Chiellini insists Juventus “have made a good start to the season”, despite the defeat to Lazio.
Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco doesn’t understand why Italy won’t call him, but says the Azzurri is his “greatest aspiration”.
Nice President Jean-Pierre Rivère believes Italy CT Giampiero Ventura can call Mario Balotelli, insisting “I’ve never seen” bad behaviour from him.
It’s sensationally claimed Milan are considering a return for Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Reports suggest Milan Coach Vincenzo Montella is in no immediate danger of losing his job, but the next three games are decisive.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill admits he doesn’t want to face Italy in today’s World Cup play-off draw.
Cagliari have officially confirmed that Massimo Rastelli has been sacked, making him the first Coach to be fired in Serie A this season.
Cagliari are believed to be on the verge of sacking Coach Massimo Rastelli, following four defeats in a row.
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho believes Napoli “are currently playing the best football in Europe”.
Diego Milito says Inter have “the conditions to go back to dreaming”, and praises Mauro Icardi.
Italy will learn their World Cup play-off opponents later today, facing one of Sweden, Greece, the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Today's front page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Napoli captain Marek Hamsik admits he “can’t wait” to face Manchester City in the Champions League tomorrow.
Verona Coach Fabio Pecchia felt his side showed “character” in beating 10-man Benevento.
Marco Baroni saw “a quality performance” from his Benevento side, even with 10 men against Verona.
For the first time in Serie A history, the top side have won their first eight games in a row, at the same time the bottom side have lost eight.
Alberto Zaccheroni has been appointed as the new Coach of the United Arab Emirates national team.
Pep Guardiola sees Napoli as “a big test” for his Manchester City side, and praises their style of football.
Gianluigi Buffon admits Juventus “have to improve” to avoid disappointing their fans this season.
Serie A clubs have agreed to grant Italy four training camps before the World Cup, but there’s a warning over Presidential elections.