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Stefano Pioli concedes victory over Empoli is “fundamental” for Lazio and explains why Serie A is tougher than the Europa League.
Paulo Sousa demands referees show “more respect for Nikola Kalinic” and prepares Fiorentina for “interesting” Sassuolo.
Inter defender Juan Jesus credits Coach Roberto Mancini with their success. “Results prove we worked well pre-season.”
Lorenzo Insigne jokes Felipe Melo can’t beat Gonzalo Higuain up in Napoli-Inter. “He’d have to catch him first!”
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini assures “sackings were always motivated” and he hopes to beat Juventus.
Medhi Benatia is reportedly ready to take a 25 per cent pay cut so he can leave Bayern Munich for a return to Roma.
Rudi Garcia insists Roma “have not been that bad” and “couldn’t have done more” in their 6-1 drubbing at Barcelona.
A brawl reportedly erupted in Carpi training between Raphael Martinho and the goalkeeping coach.
Antonio Di Natale hit back at “absolute lies” suggesting he’ll retire rather than play second fiddle at Udinese.
Gonzalo Higuain admits “anyone who says Napoli don’t dream of the Scudetto is lying. Maurizio Sarri changed me.”
Max Allegri insists the 3-5-2 system is more of necessity than choice as Juventus visit Palermo. “I expect Paulo Dybala controversy."
There are reports Dino Zoff has been in hospital for three weeks due to a neurological condition.
Tuttosport claim Real Madrid will receive a transfer ban from FIFA, so Juventus can keep Alvaro Morata until at least 2017.
PSG star Ezequiel Lavezzi admits he wants a return to Serie A. “I miss the intensity of Italian football, it makes you feel alive.”
West Ham United are reviving their interest in Inter full-back Danilo D’Ambrosio.
Marca claims Real Madrid have set their sights firmly on Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who is also wanted by Barcelona.
Roma have reportedly chosen Sassuolo Coach Eusebio Di Francesco to replace Rudi Garcia if there’s no silverware.
Crotone kept pressure on the top with victory at Spezia, while Cesena beat Pescara in the head-to-head and Pro Vercelli stunned Salernitana.
Sinisa Mihajlovic faces his Sampdoria past with Milan and Torino host Bologna today, then Palermo-Juventus, Sassuolo-Fiorentina and Napoli-Inter.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Shakhtar Donetsk's Alex Teixeira admits Juventus made an offer: 'But Chelsea is a dream.'
The agent of Inter's promising youngster Rey Manaj says Frosinone is 'an option, but not the only one'.
Juan Iturbe's agent doubts whether Roma 'understood him properly' and blames Coach Rudi Garcia for the player's negative performances.
Milan's Philippe Mexes compares Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi while discussing the goal that could win him the Puskas Award.
Lazio are looking to pick up Chelsea's little-used defender Papy Djilobodji on a loan, according to reports.
Young Daniele Baselli says Torino is now 'fixed' and calls out to the Azzurri: 'I'll give Antonio Conte something to think about'.
Roma's Iago Falque explains it was the execution rather than the plan that went wrong against Barcelona: 'But it was different from the game against Bayern Munich'.
Genoa's Mattia Perin won a prize as second best goalkeeper, and claims: 'Being second after Gianluigi Buffon is like being first'.
Juventus weren't overly impressed by Jesus Navas during the game against Manchester City and would sooner sign Samir Nasri, say reports.
Sampdoria enjoy a near-full squad to visit Milan, who are still short of Andrea Bertolacci and Mario Balotelli.
Torino President Urbano Cairo says his team 'needs no new signings', but promises 'more renewals are coming'.
Gianluigi Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, says the Milan goalkeeper “is worth €170m”.
Mino Raiola says a return to Milan for Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “difficult” but “hope is the last to die”.
An intermediary for Douglas Silva reveals “as far as I know only Lazio are interested” in the Dnipro defender.
Arturo Vidal believes Bayern Munich are “much stronger” than Juventus, having moved in the summer.

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