NEWS

Torino Coach Giampiero Ventura was taken ill and checked by ambulance staff after the 4-2 defeat to Milan.
Antonio Conte was back on the Juventus bench after four months and hailed his “special players” for a victory in Palermo.
Empoli earned an impressive victory away to Cesena and Varese surprised Cittadella in the Sunday games.
Massimiliano Allegri cannot entirely celebrate Milan’s victory in Turin, as he confirms “Nigel De Jong will be out for the rest of the season.”
Milan have confirmed Nigel De Jong snapped the Achilles tendon in his left leg and will be out for five to six months.
There were some huge results in the relegation battle today, as Chievo and Catania won away from home and Pescara plunged Genoa into crisis.
Milan gifted Torino the opener, but fought back in an exciting 4-2 victory at the Olimpico and lost Nigel De Jong to injury.
Stephan Lichtsteiner’s goal allowed Juventus to squeeze a victory in Palermo on Antonio Conte’s return to the bench.
There are fears Milan could be without Nigel De Jong for some time, as he limped off against Torino today with an Achilles tendon injury.
Vladimir Petkovic is happy to keep Lazio as dark horses, but has a Miroslav Klose doubt for tomorrow night’s trip to Bologna.
Ciro Ferrara drops hints as to Sampdoria’s approach against Udinese tomorrow. “Mauri Icardi will start, as Eder and Gianni Munari are still out.”
Milan are forced into several changes due to an injury crisis as they visit Torino this afternoon with a Robinho-Giampaolo Pazzini-Stephan El Shaarawy trident.
Antonio Conte is back on the Juventus touchline after four months out and picks Alessandro Matri to take on Palermo’s Fabrizio Miccoli.
There are reports that Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter in January.
Javier Zanetti expects “a very spectacular encounter” between Inter and Napoli this evening, but has a warning for the referee.
Francesco Totti bagged a brace in Roma’s 4-2 victory over Fiorentina and is confident “we’re all pushing in the same direction now.”
Former Lazio Coach Edy Reja believes Vladimir Petkovic is “continuing the work I started” at the Olimpico.
Rolando Maran sees today’s trip to Siena as a crossroads for Catania’s campaign. “We have to take it day by day.”
Andrea Ranocchia admires Edinson Cavani, but insists he prefers teammate Antonio Cassano as they face off in tonight’s Inter-Napoli.
Pescara go into a crucial relegation dogfight with Genoa and Coach Cristiano Bergodi is concerned there might be “too much pressure.”
Palermo take on Juventus today, so director Pietro Lo Monaco is looking forward to “a manly battle” even if home advantage will be wiped out.
Torino Coach Giampiero Ventura warns his team “are working to become more clinical” against Milan this afternoon.
Second-placed Napoli visit Inter in third for a Scudetto clash, while Juventus welcome back Antonio Conte in their tricky trip to Palermo.
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Zdenek Zeman praised Fiorentina as the ideal opponents after Roma’s 4-2 victory. “They play and allow their opponents to play, so we took advantage.”
Vincenzo Montella insists Fiorentina should not “make a drama out of” their 4-2 loss to Roma. “Sometimes these defeats can do us good.”
Bernardo Corradi is now a free agent, as Canadian club Montreal Impact decided not to renew his contract.
Francesco Totti scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 Roma victory over Fiorentina, allowing them to catch the Viola in joint fourth place.
Roma director Franco Baldini insists Zdenek Zeman “has nothing against” Daniele De Rossi and explains how Vincenzo Montella so nearly had his job.
Vincenzo Montella’s high-flying Fiorentina reshuffle their tactics to take on his former club, but Zdenek Zeman drops Daniele De Rossi to the Roma bench.
Atalanta ended a run of three consecutive defeats by getting the better of Parma, as German Denis and Federico Peluso sealed a 2-1 win.
Gigi Buffon believes the Scudetto will be a battle royal, but hit back at those who “use Juventus as a shield and an alibi” for their own failure.
Serie A Week 16 kicks off at 17.00 GMT with Parma paying visit to Atalanta and both eager to get back on track.
Milan have named their squad for Sunday afternoon’s trip to Torino, missing important stars like Riccardo Montolivo, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alexandre Pato.
Livorno were held in a six-goal thriller at Vicenza, while Novara stunned Padova and Brescia threw away a 2-0 lead over Reggina. Cesena-Empoli was snowed off.

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