NEWS

Napoli have Alex Meret back in goal and start Diego Demme for injured Allan, while Juventus start Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
Sampdoria boss Claudio Ranieri was happy with the point against Sassuolo, especially in the aftermath of their 5-1 drubbing against Lazio last week. “A point is always a point.”
Lecce boss Fabio Liverani says his team struggle to maintain the right attitude against the smaller sides in Serie A. “You can’t play well just against the big teams.”
Verona coach Ivan Juric says his side were “excellent” in the first half against Lecce, but warned of dreaming about Europe, “not yet, we can’t.”
Krzysztof Piatek’s agents have apparently offered the striker’s services to Chelsea, should they sell Olivier Giroud to Inter, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Udinese director of sport Pasquale Marino says Parma “dominated the first half” against the Zebrette, following their 2-0 loss.
Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa says goalkeeper Luigi Sepe is one of the best in the league following the 2-0 win against Udinese. “What I like about him is his maturity.”
Lazio director of sport Igli Tare insists their run of 11 consecutive Serie A victories is “the consequence of a very long process, step by step.”
Christian Eriksen will arrive in Milan tomorrow to undergo his Inter medical, according to Sky Sport Italia.
Gianluca Petrachi said Roma cannot be compared to Lazio right now, but confirmed advanced negotiations for Carles Perez, Gonzalo Villar and Roger Ibanez.
Gianluca Petrachi said Roma cannot be compared to Lazio right now, but confirmed advanced negotiations for Carles Perez, Gonzalo Villar and Roger...
Gianluca Mancini expects “a very different derby” to their 1-1 draw back in September. “Roma and Lazio have changed a great deal.”
Talks are intensifying between Milan and Sevilla for Spanish winger Suso in a bid to push the deal over the line, according to multiple reports.
Francesco Acerbi urged Lazio to “keep a clear head” in the Derby della Capitale against arch rivals Roma.
Sassuolo were down to 10 men for over an hour at Marassi, yet still arguably had the best chances in a draw with Sampdoria.
Hellas Verona made short work of Lecce with a comfortable 3-0 victory and their success never seemed in danger.
Riccardo Gagliolo’s volley and a Dejan Kulusevski strike – with aid from Juan Musso’s error – allowed Parma to get the better of misfiring Udinese.
Lazio have a full-strength starting XI with Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa joining Ciro Immobile, but Roma are decimated by injuries.
Inter assistant manager Cristian Stellini believes the referee was a little lenient on Cagliari, but “Lautaro Martinez’s reaction was excessive and he ought to know that.”
According to Sky Sport Italia, Inter will eventually pay Tottenham Hotspur €20m plus a solidarity payment and the gate from a friendly for Christian Eriksen.
Samir Handanovic assured Inter “certainly didn’t drop points because of the referee” after their ill-tempered 1-1 draw with Cagliari.
Rolando Maran praised Cagliari’s tactical approach and confidence in possession at San Siro. “We came here with great character.”
Antonio Conte and the Inter players refused to speak to the media after the 1-1 draw with Cagliari, storming out of San Siro.
Radja Nainggolan felt Cagliari deserved even more than a point against Inter after scoring the equaliser. “I was treated like a mediocre player here.”
Inter were held to a third consecutive 1-1 draw, as after Ashley Young assisted on his debut, Radja Nainggolan snatched a Cagliari equaliser and Lautaro Martinez was sent off for dissent.
Tottenham Hotspur have renewed talks with Milan for Krzysztof Piatek, claim Sky Sport Italia, but the striker is only available for €30m.
Check the official line-ups from the afternoon Serie A games, Parma-Udinese, Sampdoria-Sassuolo and Verona-Lecce.
David Ospina is not even in the Napoli squad to face Juventus tonight, as he is suffering from flu and a stomach bug.
Inter director Beppe Marotta implied Tottenham Hotspur have been playing hardball over Christian Eriksen, but “we hope it can be finalised as soon as possible.”
There are fears of serious crowd trouble around the Rome Derby this evening, as twinned ultras groups from all over Europe flock to the Capital.
Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli assures his dizzy spell was “just a huge scare, but I’ll be back on the pitch soon.”
Joao Pedro insists Cagliari are “well-prepared” to face Inter at San Siro today and keeps their tactical options open.
Borja Valero expects “a very different game” to Inter’s 4-1 Coppa Italia win over Cagliari, “although obviously we hope it ends with the same result.”
Inter give Ashley Young his debut from the start due to an injury crisis, as Inter host Radja Nainggolan’s Cagliari.
Napoli and Juventus both have several doubts going into tonight’s showdown at the Stadio San Paolo, including in goal and midfield.