NEWS

Empoli Coach Giovanni Martusciello warns “Lazio are stronger than Inter” ahead of their match tomorrow.
Simone Inzaghi is “proud” of his young Lazio players, but warns they must show “the right cynicism to close out matches”.
Marko Pjaca will reportedly be Juventus’ No 10 against Palermo on Friday as Medhi Benatia will start in Serie A for the first time since November.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini claims Juventus “pulled out” of negotiations to sign Robin Quaison in January.
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi has given a vote of confidence to his Coach Ivan Juric following the Grifone’s poor run of form.
Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza says Mauro Icardi “won’t be called up yet”, although the Inter striker “can be at any other time”.
Giovanni Trapattoni and Roberto Mancini are reportedly candidates for the South Africa job after the departure of Shakes Mashaba.
Stefano Pioli admits Inter cannot afford to slip up against Bologna on Sunday as “this game is worth so much”.
Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi is facing a further five months out after undergoing knee surgery on Friday to correct a second ligament tear.
Brazilian icon Zico has revealed that he could have joined Milan before Udinese in 1983, only for Flamengo to reject the Rossoneri’s offer.
Javier Zanetti paid tribute to Roberto Baggio, who turns 50 on Saturday, and felt the retired forward’s Inter side were “a team of champions”.
Atalanta midfielder Jasmin Kurtic says European qualification is well within his side’s reach – providing they can keep going until “the final few games”.
Napoli reportedly rejected a €35m bid from Milan for Lorenzo Insigne in January as the forward’s future is said to be “up in the air”.
Napoli announced a Press silence that will carry on indefinitely following the controversy in their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.
Brazilian legend Zico returned to Udine to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the club’s foundation. “Udinese remain in my heart.”
Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani reveals he “agreed a deal in two minutes” with Zdenek Zeman and will stay unless someone has a better proposal.
Zdenek Zeman explained why he returned to Pescara on the verge of relegation. “I owe this club and want to entertain the fans.”
Italy’s European results this week saw them move closer to England in the UEFA ranking, as Roma and Fiorentina won with Napoli losing to Real Madrid.
“The Barcelona King is dead and Juventus can slip on to the throne,” mused Arrigo Sacchi of the Champions League race.
Arrigo Sacchi stood up for Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri after defeat to Real Madrid. “We should all be thankful that they represent Italy.”
Roma star Alessandro Florenzi has ruptured the same ACL he tore in October and will be out for another six to eight months.
If Atalanta qualify for the Europa League, they’ll likely play their home games at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium.
Alexis Sanchez is increasingly likely to leave Arsenal and that opens the door to Juventus and Inter for a summer swoop.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini trusts Paulo Dybala “is now worth €150m. He’s the new Leo Messi” for Juventus.
Lorenzo Insigne believes they can turn the Champions League tie with Real Madrid around. “Napoli will amaze you, we’re alive and kicking.”
Emerson Palmieri and Luciano Spalletti analyse how the Roma man went from bemoaned bench-warmer to fan favourite.
Federico Bernardeschi celebrates “the best goal of my career so far” for Fiorentina and wants to be a leader in the new generation of Italy stars.
Today's front page headlines in English from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Villarreal Coach Fran Escribà felt the 4-0 Roma result “did not do justice” to their performance, but concedes they’re almost out of the Europa League.
Borussia Monchengladbach Coach Dieter Hecking felt his side were “denied a clear penalty that would’ve changed the game” against Fiorentina.
Luciano Spalletti hopes Roma’s 4-0 demolition of Villarreal in Spain can “give us the belief we needed” in the Europa League.
Edin Dzeko insists he is “not surprised” at being top scorer in Serie A and the Europa League after Roma demolished Villarreal 4-0.
Edin Dzeko’s hat-trick and a stunning Emerson Palmieri curler gave Roma a crushing 3-0 victory away to Villarreal in the Europa League.
Fiorentina Coach Paulo Sousa celebrated the Europa League win away to Borussia Monchengladbach, but told goalscorer Federico Bernardeschi how to improve.
Join us for all the build-up and action from today’s Europa League clashes, as Fiorentina are at Borussia Monchengladbach and Roma visit Villarreal.

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