NEWS

Garry Monk was proud that Swansea City gave Napoli a huge scare in the Europa League. “We pushed them all the way.”
“We gifted it to them,” shrugged Edy Reja after a 3-3 draw at Ludogorets saw Lazio go out of the Europa League.
Rafa Benitez was “convinced Swansea would cause us problems” and noted a psychological difference between them and Napoli.
Pepe Reina admits Napoli “suffer too much” and he feared they wouldn’t make it against Swansea.
Gonzalo Higuain thanked “my team and our fans” for helping Napoli overcome Swansea in the Europa League.
Napoli made life extremely difficult for themselves, but eventually squeezed past Swansea City 3-1.
Lazio had taken the lead after 18 seconds, but defensive and goalkeeping errors saw them crash out 4-3 on aggregate to Ludogorets.
Juventus won the first leg 2-0, but are taking no chances as they visit Trabzonspor in a fiery atmosphere.
Fiorentina give Mario Gomez his first start since September as they host Esbjerg in the Europa League.
Roma have officially extended their contract with director of sport Walter Sabatini until June 2017.
Mauro Bergonzi will officiate Roma-Inter and Marco Guida has Milan-Juventus this weekend.
Domenico Berardi and Alessio Romagnoli are in the Italy Under-21 side to face Northern Ireland on March 5.
Alessandro Nesta has started his new career as part of Montreal Impact’s staff after hanging up his boots.
Lazio opt for Antonio Candreva, Keita Balde and Brayan Perea in their must-win trip to Ludogorets.
Napoli have Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon, Goran Pandev and Lorenzo Insigne, as they must beat Swansea.
As expected, Napoli have officially signed goalkeeper Toni Doblas as a short-term replacement for Rafael Cabral.
Milan attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt says it is a dream come true to play for the Rossoneri and that he wants to stay at the club.
France Coach Didier Deschamps says he is pleased with the development of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba under Antonio Conte.
Cagliari defender Davide Astori has paid tribute to the ‘excellent atmosphere’ that is currently in place at the club.
Milan forward Mario Balotelli’s involvement in this weekend’s match against Juventus has today been placed in further doubt.
Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the cost of paying top-flight referees in Italy can be around €5m a season.
Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella says his recent comments about referees have been misunderstood by the media.
Milan defender Daniele Bonera thinks his side’s upcoming game with Juventus will be an important benchmark in their development.
Queens Park Rangers assistant manager Joe Jordan says the future of Adel Taarabt depends on what the player wants.
Inter attacking midfielder Hernanes is said to be winning his battle to be fit for his side’s game with Roma at the weekend.
Roma forward Gervinho has thanked Giallorossi Coach Rudi Garcia for helping him rediscover his form since moving to Italy.
Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez is said to still be pondering which one of Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens to select for his side’s game with Swansea.
Reports in Il Tempo today claim that Lazio striker Helder Postiga’s season could be over without him even having appeared for the club.
Mario Gomez is in line to finally make a start for Fiorentina in their Europa League tie with Danish side Esbjerg tonight, Corriere dello Sport reports.
Fernando Llorente has revealed his ambition to face his Juventus teammates next week for Spain, and to make La Roja’s World Cup squad.
Paolo Rossi sees Adel Taarabt as the potential difference maker in attack for Milan this season, “to take the burden away from Mario Balotelli.”
Enrico Preziosi insists that whilst Genoa will be his last club, he is struggling to find a buyer, as he reiterates faith in Gian Piero Gasperini.
Fatih Terim has backed Clarence Seedorf’s mindset to attack at Milan and urged that he is protected by the club.
Juventus will only make a decision on whether or not to play Kwadwo Asamoah against Milan at the last available moment.
Jean-Michel Aulas says that whilst Napoli are yet to return, Lyon are ‘morally committed’ to selling Maxime Gonalons, if a satisfactory offer arrives.

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