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Roberto Mancini laughed off reports he’ll bring Mario Balotelli back to Inter. “I am his fan, but we last spoke about two years ago.”
Rolando Maran trusts Chievo can take advantage of an Inter side in crisis with their “enthusiasm and spirit.”
Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in preparing a £30m bid for Roma’s Kevin Strootman.
Zdenek Zeman praised Parma star Antonio Cassano, but told reporters they “know nothing about football.”
Leaders Juventus host fourth-placed Sampdoria in the early game, a fixture that traditionally has plenty of goals.
There are multiple reports Inter could take Adnan Januzaj on loan from Manchester United in January.
Andrea Mandorlini acknowledges Verona are in crisis. “We need to get points against Udinese today.”
Mimmo Di Carlo has “faith” that Cesena can win on his debut against Fiorentina. “We can change the trend.”
Gian Piero Gasperini is soaring in third place with Genoa, but “there was no space for my ideas at Inter.”
Eder assures Sampdoria “will go to win, not clam up in defence and wait for Juventus” and has a message for “idol” Carlos Tevez.
There are several top of the table showdowns, as Juventus host Sampdoria, Roma visit Genoa and Milan go head-to-head with Napoli.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
English media claim Roberto Mancini wants a reunion with Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli at Inter.
Stefano Colantuono said Atalanta saw their plans “discombobulated” by Lazio’s opening goal in a 3-0 defeat.
Stefano Pioli admired Lazio’s “tactical maturity” in patiently breaking down Atalanta for a 3-0 win.
Stefano Mauri’s brace and a Senad Lulic diving header saw Lazio comfortably sweep Atalanta aside 3-0.
Beppe Iachini felt Palermo “should not have been so tense” in their last-gasp 2-1 win over Sassuolo.
Eusebio Di Francesco felt Sassuolo “would’ve brought home a result with a little more luck” in Palermo.
Lazio look to Filip Djordjevic against a revamped Atalanta side fresh from fighting back for a 3-2 victory.
Andrea Belotti struck deep into stoppages to give Palermo a thrilling 2-1 victory over nine-man Sassuolo, ending a nine-game unbeaten streak.
Roberto Donadoni urged Parma to ignore the club takeover, focus on Cagliari and welcome back Gabriel Paletta.
Juraj Kucka is out of Genoa’s showdown with Roma on Sunday, but Nicolas Burdisso returns.
Arrigo Sacchi visited his “genial pupil” Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid and reveals he wasn’t wanted at Milan.
Vincenzo Montella has called Mounir El Hamdaoui and not 100 per cent fit Alberto Aquilani for Cesena-Fiorentina.
Matias Silvestre, Gianluca Sansone and Lorenzo De Silvestri miss out on Sampdoria’s trip to Juventus.
Sinisa Mihajlovic said Sampdoria will be “the good, the bad and the ugly” when facing Juventus in a shoot-out.
Carpi beat Modena and extend their lead to six points, as Bologna stall Frosinone, while Livorno and Spezia soar.
Both Palermo and Sassuolo are on long unbeaten runs, but go head-to-head with some of Serie A’s brightest young talents.
Gian Piero Gasperini said Roma “are without doubt a stronger team than Genoa, but the best don’t always win.”
Milan have a lengthy injury list going into their crucial game against Napoli on Sunday.
Max Allegri warned Juventus that fourth-placed Sampdoria can cause a huge upset. “They have nothing to lose.”
It’s second against third and Roma have several important absentees for their trip to Genoa.
Juventus named their squad to face Sampdoria on Sunday, missing the suspended Giorgio Chiellini.
As expected, Sylvinho has today officially joined Roberto Mancini’s Inter staff as assistant manager.
Rafa Benitez would love Napoli-Liverpool in the Europa League, opens the door to Fernando Torres and expects Milan fireworks.

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