Napoli go into lockdown
Napoli are reportedly putting the squad in a training retreat to prepare for Sunday’s meeting with Genoa.
Vazquez: 'Juve difficult for Real Madrid'
Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez is not happy about drawing Juventus in the Champions League. “They’ll make life difficult for us.”
Iachini wants 'determined' Sassuolo
Sassuolo Coach Beppe Iachini urged his side to show “more determination” in front of goal against Udinese in a relegation showdown.
Semplici: 'SPAL won't change for Juve'
Leonardo Semplici insists SPAL won’t “change our identity” just because they are hosting Juventus this evening. “I want us to keep possession.”
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines in English from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Mancini: ‘Italy would be extraordinary’
Roberto Mancini admits “coaching Italy one day would be an extraordinary thing” but is focused on Zenit St Petersburg right now.
Elliott to give Milan extra money?
It’s reported Milan owner Yonghong Li could be granted a further €35m loan from hedge fund Elliott Management.
Reina in Spain squad
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been included in the Spain squad, but there’s no place for Jose Callejon or Milan’s Suso.
Buffon: ‘Most determined will win’
Gianluigi Buffon says “the most determined will win” when Juventus take on Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Napoli look to close for Leno
It’s reported that Napoli are looking to quickly close a deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, who would cost between €20m and €25m.
‘Martinez can play with Icardi’
Hernan Crespo assures Lautaro Martinez can play alongside Mauro Icardi for Inter, stating “he reminds me a little bit of Sergio Aguero”.
Dzeko: ‘This is why we play CL’
Roma striker Edin Dzeko is excited to face Barcelona - “these games are the reason why we fight all the season to be part of the Champions League”.
RB Salzburg Fact File
Lazio take on RB Salzburg in the quarter finals of the Europa League, and Football Italia gets the lowdown on the Austrian side.
‘Crotone wanted Cengiz, but…’
Crotone’s sporting director claims his club tried to sign Roma sensation Cengiz Under two years ago.
Skriniar eyes De Vrij partnership
Milan Skriniar has hinted at a partnership with Stefan de Vrij in Inter’s defence, praising the Lazio stopper and affirming ‘I’m happy here.’
Alisson: Madrid flattering, Roma…
Alisson has confessed that interest from Real Madrid ‘makes me happy’ but insisted he is happy at Roma for now.
Batshuayi: More Atalanta abuse
Michy Batshuayi posted racist messages from alleged Atalanta fans on Twitter, before sarcastically wishing their President ‘good luck’.
De Rossi: Barca maybe the best, but…
Daniele De Rossi accepts Roma were paired with ‘arguably the best team’ in Barcelona but insists ‘we don’t have to be losers’.
‘Juve can’t not beat SPAL’
Max Allegri has warned Juventus that they ‘can’t not beat’ SPAL on Saturday but expects the game ‘to be much harder than people think.’
Barreto extends Samp deal
Sampdoria midfielder Edgar Barreto has officially extended his contract with the club until 2019.
Juve: Four out for SPAL
Juventus will be without Medhi Benatia, Sami Khedira, Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi for Saturday’s Serie A match against SPAL.
Allegri: Madrid tie ‘wonderful’
Max Allegri believes Juventus are ‘growing’ in time for their ‘wonderful’ Champions League tie with Real Madrid next month.
‘Lazio didn’t cheer for Salzburg’
Angelo Peruzzi admits he ‘didn’t cheer’ when Lazio were drawn Red Bull Salzburg but notes ‘Atletico Madrid would’ve been harder.’
De Boer: Not ready for Inter, but...
Frank de Boer admits he was not ready to coach Inter but claims he was undermined by ‘poison’ in the dressing room.
Monchi: Why I ‘really like’ Barca tie…
Monchi reveals there is something he ‘really likes’ about Roma’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Barcelona – playing the second leg at home.
EL quarters: Lazio given Salzburg
Lazio have been paired with Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League quarter-finals.
Nedved: No repeat of Cardiff
Pavel Nedved ‘doesn’t think Juventus will suffer’ like they did against Real Madrid last year when they rematch in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Totti issues Barca warning
Francesco Totti warns Barcelona ‘will be concerned about facing Roma’ and that they ‘will have to sweat’ in order to beat the Giallorossi.
CL quarters: Juve-Madrid, Barca-Roma!
Juventus and Roma have both been dealt tough draws in the Champions League quarter-finals, facing Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Balotelli racism case closed
Mario Balotelli’s yellow card for protesting alleged racism while playing for Nice last month has been revoked, but there will not be an investigation.
Raiola: Nothing to hide
Mino Raiola insists reports of an investigation into his business dealings ‘don’t bother me’ as ‘I’ve always acted properly.’
‘Gattuso at Milan for many more years’
Massimiliano Mirabelli has confirmed that Milan intend to go on with Gennaro Gattuso ‘for many more years.’
Mirabelli: Different result with VAR
Massimiliano Mirabelli insists Milan ‘weren’t inferior to Arsenal’ and that Thursday’s game ‘would’ve ended differently’ with VAR.
Nagatomo open to Inter return
Galatasaray loanee Yuto Nagatomo admits he still has Inter ‘in my heart’ and ‘would have no problems’ about going back this summer.
Report: Juve back in for Gimenez
Juventus have reportedly gone back in for Atletico Madrid defender Josema Gimenez – but it could have ramifications for Daniele Rugani.
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