Pepe Reina is almost certain to miss tonight’s showdown between Napoli and Juventus, so Rafael should go in goal.
Join us for all the build-up and action from today’s seven Serie A games, including Torino-Udinese, Pescara-Milan, Fiorentina-Bologna and the epic grudge match Napoli-Juventus.
Mario Mandzukic is expected to start for Juventus this evening, but not Paulo Dybala, while Napoli anxiously await Pepe Reina news.
There are still massive doubts as to the Napoli and Juventus line-ups, as Pepe Reina needs a fitness test and Mario Lemina could start in a new role.
Luciano Spalletti reiterated that if he doesn’t win, it is right to leave Roma because “evidently I haven’t done the right work with their potential.”
Edin Dzeko’s brace defeated Empoli tonight, now he hopes Roma can put pressure on Napoli and Juventus, then reach the Coppa Italia Final.
Edin Dzeko bagged a brace to give Roma a relatively comfortable 2-0 win, but Empoli were denied a penalty in the opening minutes.
Pepe Reina’s fitness is a huge concern for Napoli ahead of Juventus, as again today he did not take part in the full training session.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic wants Lazio to focus on Sassuolo and not get distracted by the Coppa Italia semi-final against Roma.
Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic are in the Juventus squad travelling to Napoli, but it remains to be seen if either can play.
Andrea Pirlo confessed Sunday night’s Napoli-Juventus is “the kind of match you really want to play in.”
Maurizio Sarri insists Gonzalo Higuain “is just an opponent” for Napoli and tells everyone “winning here is different” to success at Juventus.
Pepe Reina is increasingly unlikely to recover in time for Napoli-Juventus. “It’s up to him, he’ll realise if he’s fit,” said Maurizio Sarri.
Max Allegri told Juventus the “psychological aspect will be fundamental” against Napoli, but could retain the 4-2-3-1 despite injuries.
Gonzalo Higuain returns to face Napoli for the first time and Juventus are reportedly hiring two bodyguards per floor at their hotel.
Atalanta director Umberto Marino assures “it’s not done yet with Roma, as other Italian and foreign clubs are interested” in Franck Kessie.
Empoli Coach Giovanni Martusciello wants his side to pick up where they left off against Napoli in tonight’s trip to Roma.
Reports suggest Pepe Reina is still in doubt for Napoli’s showdown with Juventus on Sunday night.
Juventus full-back Alex Sandro insists “the Napoli game is as important as any other”.
Alex Sandro believes Juventus teammate Gonzalo Higuain will take his controversial return to Napoli on Sunday in his stride.