CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Gian Piero Gasperini has seen Atalanta’s mentality “grow year by year” and that was evident in their comeback to beat Verona 3-2.
Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez praised Atalanta for “never giving up” in a 3-2 win over Hellas Verona, as they now go into a “Champions League Final with Shakhtar Donetsk.”
Antonio Candreva remains a huge doubt to feature for Inter in their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Tuesday.
There are growing reports Carlo Ancelotti will be fired if Napoli do not beat Udinese today, replaced by Gennaro Gattuso, regardless of the Champions League result.
Marcello Lippi praised Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi, while predicting Juventus "joined the small group of super-favourites" for the Champions League.
Verona coach Ivan Juric admits there is a lot of mentor Gian Piero Gasperini in his footballing ideology, and believes the Atalanta boss is “the best in Italy."
Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini wants to see "more" from Luis Muriel against Verona and Shakhtar Donetsk, as he prepares to face pupil Ivan Juric.
Napoli will have to cope without Allan against Udinese but Dries Mertens has recovered from illness in time to be included in this weekend's squad.
Mario Pasalic claims Atalanta have already shown they are “stronger” than Shakhtar Donetsk as he aims for a place in the Champions League last 16.
RB Salzburg hitman Erling Braut Haaland reportedly has a release clause worth just €20m, with Napoli eager to make a January swoop.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is in doubt to feature against Udinese or KRC Genk after suffering a shoulder injury.
Inter hero Marco Materazzi responded to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s story by ‘thanking’ the Swede. “Without you, we would never have won!”
Napoli will be staying in a training retreat until their last group match in the Champions League against Racing Genk next week.
Napoli patron Aurelio De Laurentiis has rejected rumours that he is about to replace Carlo Ancelotti. “I haven’t called anyone.”
Inter have confirmed that Roberto Gagliardini will be out with tendon damage in his right foot.
Giorgio Chiellini has praised “smart” new boy Matthijs de Ligt and urged Juventus to “get used to being courageous” under Maurizio Sarri.
Miralem Pjanic has warned Inter that Juventus “are a point behind, not 10” in the race at the top of Serie A.
Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata might not be back in time to face Shakhtar Donetsk as he admits his injury has been “serious and complicated”.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won a record sixth Ballon d’Or, taking him one above Juventus rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gian Piero Gasperini is confident Atalanta will qualify if they beat Shakhtar Donetsk but admits the Champions League has “affected” their form in Serie A.
Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has officially placed his team ‘in ritiro’ to prepare for their match against Udinese this weekend.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini claims the top two are already decided in Serie A but expects a "completely open" fight for top four.
Duvan Zapata will reportedly make his comeback for Atalanta in their crunch Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk next week.
Carlo Ancelotti admits Napoli have serious problems and the crisis “is going on too long now. I take responsibility, but the players must feel responsible too.”
Allan is out of the Napoli squad to face Bologna, as he fractured two ribs during the Champions League draw with Liverpool.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis met with the squad yesterday and reportedly explained to Allan, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens why they were fined more.
Slavia Prague have called on Inter striker Romelu Lukaku to “apologise” after he accused their fans of racially abusing him in a Champions League match.
Atalanta striker Luis Muriel has revealed that he is out to emulate Liverpool star Roberto Firmino, whom he deems to be the best forward in world football.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has admitted that he would like to avoid Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Inter forward Romelu Lukaku asked UEFA to act against the racist chanting from the stands during their 3-1 win against Slavia Prague. "The whole stadium did it."