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Max Allegri praised his Milan midfielders for protecting the defence and explains why Gabriel faced Udinese.
Valter Birsa’s scorching strike and debutant goalkeeper Gabriel gave Milan a much-needed 1-0 victory over Udinese.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hinted Gareth Bale could “start against Juventus” in the Champions League.
Diego Lopez dedicated victory to the fans, but Rolando Maran rued missed opportunities.
Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirms “it will be very difficult” for Mario Balotelli and Christian Abbiati to face Barcelona.
Milan assistant manager Mauro Tassotti blames all their current problems on injuries, as Gabriel gets his Serie A debut against Udinese.
Milan are forced into numerous changes, including debutant goalkeeper Gabriel, as they host Antonio Di Natale’s Udinese.
Mauricio Pinilla snatched a late 2-1 win on Cagliari’s return to the Sant’Elia, as 10-man Catania capitulated despite saving a penalty.
Josip Ilicic and Ante Rebic will not take part in Fiorentina’s grudge match with Juventus tomorrow.
Cagliari finally return home to the Stadio Sant’Elia and want to celebrate with a win over Catania.
Hugo Campagnaro and Ricky Alvarez are out of Inter’s encounter with Torino, so Walter Samuel could start.
Virtus Lanciano continue to break away after shocking Crotone at home, but Novara lost 5-0, while Reggina and Pescara are in real trouble.
Giampiero Ventura is confident Torino can cause problems for Inter tomorrow, even if they are in an “emergency situation.”
Gian Piero Gasperini warns Sunday’s game with Chievo is “fundamental” for Genoa’s hopes of safety.
Napoli defender Miguel Angel Britos could require surgery after he dislocated his shoulder against Roma.
Arturo Vidal is in the Juventus squad against Fiorentina, but Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella miss out.
Christian Abbiati won’t face Udinese this evening, as Milan’s injury crisis intensifies.
Walter Mazzarri admits he has “doubts” over his line-up against Torino, but was impressed with Inter’s recent performances.
Lazio Coach Vladimir Petkovic is “optimistic” about his team’s prospects this season, starting from Atalanta.
Miroslav Klose is back in the Lazio squad for Sunday’s trip to Atalanta, but Cristian Ledesma is at risk.
Vincenzo Montella knows the rivalry between Fiorentina and Juventus, so tomorrow’s game is “about mental strength.”
Mario Balotelli’s injury is worse than previously thought and could rule him out of Milan-Barcelona on Tuesday.
Delio Rossi believes Sampdoria can only solve their problems by winning. “We lack self-esteem.”
It’s reported the player Roma have secured is Brazilian left-back Abner, snatching him from Manchester City.
Mateo Kovacic hopes Inter can beat Torino with his goal on Sunday, so he can dedicate it to new owner Erick Thohir.
Antonio Conte will “punish” Arturo Vidal, is pleased Roma are so competitive and has Juventus focused only on Fiorentina.
Fiorentina’s Alberto Aquilani faces his former Juventus teammates on Sunday. “I have no regrets and will celebrate if I score.”
Miralem Pjanic reflects on his “magic moment” after a brace gave Roma victory over Napoli and Bosnia reached the World Cup.
Cagliari Coach Diego Lopez can’t help but be excited as his team returns ‘home’ to the Sant’Elia against Catania today.
Week 8 continues today with Cagliari-Catania returning to Sardinia and the moment of truth for Milan against Udinese.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Cesena temporarily went top of the table after a 2-1 victory over Bari.
Rudi Garcia saw Roma earn “a pyrrhic victory” 2-0 over Napoli after losing Francesco Totti and Gervinho.
Rafa Benitez was happy with Napoli’s performance against a Roma side that “put 11 men behind the ball.”
Daniele De Rossi held back on Scudetto talk, but named Marco Borriello as “the example” followed by Roma.

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