Dries Mertens thanked Napoli fans for cheering them on against Udinese, but “we should’ve killed the game off earlier.”
Fabian Ruiz and Marko Rog came off the bench to score around Dries Mertens’ penalty, as Napoli dominated Udinese 3-0 and moved to within four points of Juventus.
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s Serie A games, Roma-SPAL, Juventus-Genoa and Udinese-Napoli.
Jose Callejon warned Napoli that “the matches after the break for international duty are often the most difficult” as they visit Udinese.
Napoli revamp yet again for their trip to Udinese, as Dries Mertens and Arkadiusz Milik start with Simone Verdi.
Krzysztof Piatek might be getting all the headlines, but Udinese talent Rodrigo De Paul is every bit as decisive as the Genoa striker.
Lorenzo Insigne is out of Napoli’s trip to Udinese today, meaning he’ll miss his first Serie A match since December 2017.
Udinese midfielder Seko Fofana is of interest to today’s opponents Napoli, but his agent insists “there has been no contact.”
Udinese Coach Julio Velazquez expects a tough match against Napoli but “it’s not the same match as Juventus”.
The Derby della Madonnina will dominate headlines and attention, but there’s plenty to look forward to in Week 9 of Serie A.
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has declared that Marek Hamsik’s ‘metamorphosis’ into a deep-lying playmaker is ‘complete’.
Lorenzo Insigne will miss Napoli’s match against Udinese in Serie A on Saturday with fatigue.
Football Italia is excited to unveil the inaugural Football Italia podcast, Episode One, brought to you by Livio Caferoglu, Anthony Guacci and Joe Del Grosso.
Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj insists Juventus have not already won the Scudetto - “if it’s over with six points it’s pointless playing”.
Marco Guida has been announced as the referee for Sunday’s derby between Inter and Milan.
Udinese striker Kevin Lasagna “almost didn’t believe it” when making his Italy debut against Poland, but reveals his parents missed it.
Udinese Coach Julio Velazquez points out “the fixture list has not been kind to us” as they prepare to face Napoli after the international break.
Inter striker Lautaro Martinez and Fiorentina defender German Pezzella scored their first goals for Argentina in tonight’s 4-0 friendly win over Iraq.
Moise Kean, Manuel Locatelli and Rolando Mandragora star for the Italy Under-21 side in a friendly against Belgium this evening.
Alex Meret has been given the all-clear to resume training and hopes to make his Napoli debut soon.