Serie A Team of Week 23
After a weekend of amazing debuts, shock results, outstanding defending and stupendous goals, Dave Taylor picks his best XI.
Gasperini axed by Palermo
Palermo have reportedly sacked boss Gian Piero Gasperini and transfer chief Pietro Lo Monaco may soon be following him through the exit.
Conte accepts Genoa non-penalty call
Coach Antonio Conte has apologised to Italian referees after being told that Juventus were right to not be awarded a penalty in the draw with Genoa.
Chiellini sorry for Genoa fracas
Giorgio Chiellini has apologised for his reaction at the end of the controversial 1-1 draw between Juventus and Genoa.
Giovinco out of Holland-Italy
Sebastian Giovinco has been ruled out of this week’s international friendly between Italy and Holland.
Milan confirm Allegri for 2013-14
Milan have insisted that boss Massimiliano Allegri will not be leaving for Roma at the end of the season.
Picture talks for wronged Udinese
Udinese will continue their protest against referee Paolo Valeri by showing a still image of the San Siro penalty incident on their TV channel today – for an hour.
‘380 football games fixed’ - Europol
A match fixing probe by police in Europe claims that the outcome of 380 matches have been rigged by criminals.
Gastaldello eyed Azzurri recall
Sampdoria stopper Daniele Gastaldello insists he never gave up hope of returning to the Italian international squad.
Rigoni happy with Genoa debut
Milan’s Mario Balotelli was not the only January signing who earned his new club three points with an injury time goal at the weekend – Marco Rigoni did the same for Genoa.
Galliani welcomes back ‘real Milan’
Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has underlined the significance of Mario Balotelli’s capture. “We are back.”
Lichtsteiner satisfied with goals
Stephan Lichtsteiner is delighted to be making a contribution in front of goal for Italian champions Juventus.
Udinese chief blasts ‘unsuitable’ ref
Udinese President Gianpaolo Pozzo has criticised referee Paolo Valeri after their controversial 2-1 loss at Milan.
Inter lack consistency, says Guarin
Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin has conceded that Siena were the better team in Sunday’s 3-1 loss in Tuscany.
Matri tired of ‘top player’ talk
Alessandro Matri is getting bored of talk that Juventus are lacking a 'top player' in attack. “The criticism of us is exaggerated.”
Giovinco set for thigh tests
Sebastian Giovinco will undergo tests on Monday after being forced out of Juventus’ 2-1 win over Chievo Verona.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Guidolin: 'Udinese had earned a point'
Francesco Guidolin can’t help but feel bitter after Udinese lost 2-1 to Milan with a bad penalty decision in stoppages. “It’s not the first time it has happened.”
Allegri: 'It wasn't a penalty'
Massimiliano Allegri is pleased with Mario Balotelli’s debut brace, but admits Udinese were hard done by. “It wasn’t a penalty.”
SuperMario: 'Happy with my debut'
Mario Balotelli admits he wasn’t expecting to start, let alone score a brace on his Milan debut. “I’m happy it turned out like that.”
Balotelli brace on Milan debut!
Mario Balotelli scored a brace, including a hugely controversial penalty with the last kick of the game, to beat Udinese 2-1 on his Milan debut.
Spalletti: 'Andreazzoli right for Roma'
Luciano Spalletti believes his former assistant manager Aurelio Andreazzoli is “the right man” to take over Roma from Zdenek Zeman.
Mario Balotelli starts for Milan, as Giampaolo Pazzini picked up an injury in the warm-up, as they take on Udinese.
Zamparini: 'A night to reflect'
President Maurizio Zamparini confirms he “will take a night to reflect and decide what is best for Palermo.”
Italy: Marchetti returns for Holland
Federico Marchetti, Mario Balotelli and Davide Santon are among the names in Italy’s squad to face Holland.
Palermo call a media silence, but ex-Rosanero Coach Stefano Colantuono mocks his old club.
Beppe Iachini was glad to finally match performance with points, but Andrea Stramaccioni had no alibis.
Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani stands by his Coach and Stefano Pioli compliments Bologna's fightback.
Davide Ballardini revealed how he revived Genoa, while Vladimir Petkovic felt Lazio deserved more.
Vincenzo Montella is glad Fiorentina survived their negative streak, but Roberto Donadoni demands points.
Eugenio Corini felt that Chievo gave Juventus too much respect, but Angelo Alessio had it under control.
Palermo to sack Gasperini?
Gian Piero Gasperini could be sacked by Palermo after today’s 2-1 home defeat to Atalanta, as Pasquale Marino and Edy Reja in pole position.
Strama: 'No alibis for poor Inter'
Andrea Stramaccioni has “no alibis for a poor performance” as Inter were beaten 3-1 by Siena and commented on the debutants.
Zeman: 'Retire? They'd have to shoot me'
Zdenek Zeman spoke to Roma fans after he was fired and was asked if he would now retire. “They’d have to shoot me first.”
Buffon: 'Juve were complacent'
Gigi Buffon admits Juventus “were complacent in January” after securing a 2-1 victory over Chievo, but welcomes the pressure piled on them by Napoli.
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