‘There should be UCL wildcards’
Milan director Umberto Gandini has suggested ‘wildcard’ entry to the Champions League for ‘teams of prestige’, but UEFA say no.
Pogba: Fortunately we have Coman
Paul Pogba backs Max Allegri to continue Juventus’ run of success, as he also expresses hope in Kingsley Coman.
Maldini impressed by De Sciglio
Paolo Maldini has backed Mattia De Sciglio to become a top class player at Milan, as he remarks at the full-back’s ability to overcome difficulty.
Conte: Verratti must be patient
Antonio Conte says Marco Verratti must have patience behind Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi, whilst he backs Mario Balotelli and Cesare Prandelli.
‘Vidal wants to enchant world again’
Chile Coach Jorge Sampaoli has backed Arturo Vidal and says the midfielder is determined to return to his best form.
Pirlo to start against Azerbaijan
Antonio Conte is expected to run a heavily Juventus-influenced Italy XI against Azerbaijan, including Andrea Pirlo.
UEFA confirm seeding plan
UEFA have confirmed that the seeding process from next year’s Champions League may be changed, with only the holders and seven title winners seeded.
Muntari: Inzaghi makes us understand
Sulley Muntari has explained what Pippo Inzaghi has brought to Milan that was ‘missing these last two years’, as he asserts the Rossoneri now ‘only need belief’.
Iaquinta: Allegri commands respect
Vincenzo Iaquinta says Juventus made the right choice in bringing in Max Allegri as Antonio Conte’s replacement, as he talks regret.
Juve to talk with Shaqiri?
As the player confirms he will evaluate his situation, Juventus are being linked with opening talks with Xherdan Shaqiri.
Palombo: Miha like Del Neri
Angelo Palombo senses that life at Sampdoria under Sinisa Mihajlovic is similar to how it was under Gigi Del Neri.
‘Balotelli must show Conte hunger’
Emanuele Giaccherini has advised Mario Balotelli to ‘show a little more hunger’ in order to break into Antonio Conte’s Italy squad.
‘Jorginho would sign for 10 years’
Jorginho would sign a new contract at Napoli ‘straight away’ out of a desire to stay at the club ‘10 years’, according to his agent.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
‘Pirlo important to dressing room’
Commissario Tecnico Antonio Conte has remarked at Andrea Pirlo’s importance to Italy even just in the dressing room.
Conte: No easy games for Italy
Antonio Conte has warned his Italy players not to take their Euro 2016 qualification for granted, as he pays respect to Azerbaijan.
Pirlo: Return down to Conte
Andrea Pirlo says that Antonio Conte is the only Coach who could have convinced him to return to the Italy set-up.
‘Higuain is one everyone wants’
Claudio Bellucci says Gonzalo Higuain will come good at Napoli, commenting that he remains a striker ‘everyone would want’.
Storari: Two horse title race
Marco Storari concedes Roma have ‘come on leaps and bounds’ this year, and the title race is most likely between Juventus and them.
‘Mazzarri is a lion in a cage’
Claudio Bellucci has backed his former Coach Walter Mazzarri, but admits the signs at Inter do not look good.
‘Verratti out against Azerbaijan’
Enrico Castellacci confirms Marco Verratti is out against Azerbaijan, allays Giorgio Chiellini concerns and details Dani Osvaldo and Thiago Motta injuries.
Babacar: Inter goal most important
Khouma Babacar believes his wonder strike in Fiorentina’s 3-0 victory over Inter last weekend was the most important goal of his career to date.
Totti: Maybe Lazio fans love me!
Roma’s Francesco Totti has joked that perhaps even some Lazio fans hold a secret affiliation for him ‘within themselves’.
FIGC ‘ready to trial technology’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has put Italy forward to FIFA to trial the introduction of video technology in football.
Gargano: I’ll spit blood for Napoli
Walter Gargano has made clear his commitment to Napoli and says facing Walter Mazzarri will have no bearing, as ‘things didn’t end well’.
Di Biagio: Italy aim to win, but…
Luigi Di Biagio admits his Italy Under-21 side are going to Slovakia to win tomorrow, but he warns them against complacency.
Thohir: Owning stadium not enough
Erick Thohir has reflected on continued talks with Milan to understand their intentions on San Siro, as he remarks at how ‘owning a stadium isn’t enough’.
Barzagli out to January?
Tuttosport speculate today that Andrea Barzagli may not return to action for Juventus until as late as the new year.
Vogts: Italy will get many chances
Berti Vogts expresses his fondness for Italy and asserts they will have ‘many chances’ to defeat his Azerbaijan, but that his players will hold no fear.
Lopez: I hope to return soon
Diego Lopez says he hopes to be back training with his teammates as soon as Monday, as he outlines Milan’s coming challenge with Verona.
France call up Yanga-Mbiwa
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been called up to the France squad as replacement for the injured Laurent Koscielny.
Viviani joins Iachini’s staff
Palermo have confirmed that they have integrated former Napoli and Udinese assistant Coach Fabio Viviani into Beppe Iachini’s staff.
Allegri wants more from Ogbonna
Massimiliano Allegri is ‘happy’ with Angelo Ogbonna’s impact this term at Juventus, but is reportedly still asking for more from him.
Pallotta: Why Roma!
James Pallotta has explained the decision to invest in Roma, planning for 20 years with Rudi Garcia and an obstacle to television rights increasing.
Thohir: Good directors, good team
Inter President Erick Thohir has commented that to have a good team takes good directors, as he reflects on plans to expand the brand.
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