LECCE NEWS

Lega Serie A has confirmed the dates and times for Week 18-22 fixtures, among them Napoli clashes with Juventus and Inter, plus the Rome derby.
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s six Serie A games, including Torino-Fiorentina and Bologna-Milan.
Fabio Liverani saw Lecce fight back from 2-0 down for 2-2, but can’t help but see it as “two points dropped” against nine-man Genoa.
Thiago Motta was “proud” of Genoa for holding out when down to nine men in a 2-2 draw with Lecce, but inevitably has regrets over the first half.
Lecce fought back from 2-0 down to hold nine-man Genoa 2-2 in a chaotic relegation dogfight, as Goran Pandev scored an incredible goal from 43 yards and was sent off.
Lecce coach Fabio Liverani is full of praise for former team-mate Goran Pandev ahead of their clash against Genoa. “The older he gets, the more decisive he becomes.”
Thiago Motta prepares to face Lecce and warns “anyone who doesn’t love Genoa can step aside” after tensions flared.
The referees for Serie A Week 15 are announced, with Michael Fabbri given Lazio-Juventus and Gianpaolo Calvarese officiating Inter-Roma
Fabio Liverani blamed “injuries” but conceded Lecce weren’t “ready for two competitions” as they crashed out of Coppa Italia with a 5-1 defeat to SPAL.
Sassuolo were the victims of a giant-killing defeat to Perugia in the Coppa Italia fourth round, while Bologna were thrashed by Serie A rivals Udinese.
Leonardo Semplici hailed SPAL for an “excellent” 5-1 Coppa thrashing of Serie A rivals Lecce. “Now we must take further steps forward.”
Genoa striker Andrea Pinamonti says his dream is to become Italy’s No 9 after scoring the winner against Ascoli in the Coppa Italia.
Leonardo Semplici insists he “won’t make wholesale changes” to the SPAL line-up, as he’s focused on beating Lecce in the Coppa Italia.
There are four players suspended for this weekend’s Serie A games, including Bologna midfielder Gary Medel and Verona’s Koray Gunter.
Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has insisted that his players are “angry” about their recent run of poor results.
Cagliari’s 2-2 draw against Lecce last Monday was a backward step, according to coach Rolando Maran, and he wants to get back on track with Sampdoria.
Franck Ribery has a Grade I-II lesion to the collateral medial ligament in his right ankle, confirmed Fiorentina.
Fiorentina patron Rocco Commisso has given coach Vincenzo Montella a vote of confidence following the 1-0 home defeat to Lecce, but Cesare Prandelli with Gabriel Batistuta lie in wait.
Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso tried to defend the players and coach Vincenzo Montella after defeat to Lecce. “We were unlucky.”
Fabio Liverani celebrated Lecce’s victory away to Fiorentina, but also told off players such as Khouma Babacar. “He cannot shoot like that.”