Liveblog: Serie A Wk18 Sunday
Join us for the build-up and action from today’s first Serie A games of 2020, as Lazio visit Brescia, SPAL host Verona, Davide Nicola makes his Genoa debut against Sassuolo and there’s Roma-Torino.
Florenzi: 'Tough night for everyone'
Alessandro Florenzi warns it’s not going to be easy for Roma this evening, but he “can assure it will be a tough night for Torino too.”
Line-ups: Roma v Torino
Roma can consolidate their top four status with Edin Dzeko supported by Nicolò Zaniolo and Lorenzo Pellegrini, but Torino are decimated.
Aquile smashing records
Lazio are shattering records with their ninth consecutive Serie A victory, closing on Il Grande Torino’s run of goals and Ciro Immobile can’t stop scoring.
Serie A attendances on the up
The average Serie A attendance has risen by more than 6 percent at the midway point of the season, compared to the end of the previous campaign.
Report: Besiktas make Zaza bid
Turkish side Besiktas have seen a bid for Torino striker Simone Zaza rejected, claims Tuttosport.
Roma: No Fazio for Torino
Roma defender Federico Fazio will miss tomorrow night’s game against Torino in Serie A with a muscle injury.
Mazzarri: 'Can't explain lack of focus'
Torino boss Walter Mazzarri admits he is struggling to understand why his side constantly switch off during games. “It’s difficult to explain all these incidents...”
Fonseca: 'Zaniolo can be the best'
Roma coach Paulo Fonseca expects a “strong and aggressive” Torino tomorrow, but trusts Nicolò Zaniolo “can become the best player in Italy.”
Mihajlovic: 'Every moment priceless'
Sinisa Mihajlovic opened up about how the leukaemia battle has changed him, or at least “rediscovered a part of me I kept hidden. I’ve even become more patient!”
Barrow ready for Bologna
Atalanta striker Musa Barrow is on the verge of a €15m transfer to Bologna, beating competition from Torino.
Doveri to referee Napoli-Inter
The referees have been assigned for the first Serie A games of 2020, with the big Napoli-Inter clash given to Daniele Doveri.
Three in, four out for Genoa?
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi is initiating a mini-revolution at the club, it is claimed, starting with the signing of Milan’s Fabio Borini.
Report: Besiktas go for Pedro
Besiktas are reportedly keen on signing out-of-favour Fiorentina striker Pedro next month.
Torino in for Badelj?
Torino are reportedly interested in bringing Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj to Turin this winter.
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Fiorentina closing in on Cutrone?
Sporting director Daniele Prade has already been in England, reportedly hoping to bring Wolverhampton forward Patrick Cutrone to Fiorentina on a loan deal.
Mazzarri takes Torino blame
Walter Mazzarri took the blame after 10-man Torino lost 2-1 to SPAL. “I probably shouldn’t have introduced another striker, but gone for damage limitation instead.”
Semplici: 'Believe in SPAL'
Leonardo Semplici hopes the victory away to Torino can be the turning point for SPAL’s season. “It was up to us to react and that’s what we did.”
Petagna: 'Stand by Semplici'
Andrea Petagna scored the winner against Torino and urged SPAL to “stay with our leader” Leonardo Semplici, while discussing transfer speculation.
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