Serie A Previews: Dea plan Juve upset
Tonight something’s got to give in Juventus-Atalanta, then on Sunday Milan host Crotone and there’s the small matter of the Rome Derby.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines in English from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Sarri: 'Balotelli would suit Napoli'
Mario Balotelli tweeted praise for Napoli during tonight’s game and Maurizio Sarri was open to a January transfer for the Nice hitman.
Sarri: 'Napoli more determined'
Maurizio Sarri thinks Napoli “played better” in the 1-1 draw with Sassuolo than tonight’s 3-0 victory over Inter. “We were more determined.”
Pioli: 'Inter step backwards'
Stefano Pioli admits Inter “took a step backwards” with their 3-0 defeat to Napoli and “the initial approach made all the difference.”
Hamsik: 'Boost ahead of Benfica'
Marek Hamsik said Napoli’s 3-0 win over Inter was “a real boost ahead of the Benfica match on Tuesday.”
Napoli dominate Inter
Napoli absolutely dominated Inter in a 3-0 triumph, including Piotr Zielinski and Marek Hamsik goals in the first six minutes.
Football Leaks points to Ronaldo
Italian magazine Espresso has early information from Football Leaks, including reported millions hidden in offshore accounts by Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ausilio: 'Ignore Messi dream'
Inter director Piero Ausilio feels they are “on the right track” and warned media not to “take fans for a ride” regarding Leo Messi.
Milan confirm investor meeting
Fininvest and Sino-Europe Sports released a joint statement, but it’s reported today they finally revealed the list of Chinese investors in Milan.
Reina: 'Napoli defence is key'
Pepe Reina believes the key to Napoli success against Inter this evening will be in defence. “If we have that, we have everything.”
Handanovic: 'Inter know Napoli weaknesses'
Samir Handanovic said Inter “know Napoli’s strengths and weaknesses, so we have to take advantage of them.”
Napoli need Manolo Gabbiadini to deliver tonight as they host Mauro Icardi’s revitalised Inter in a rare Friday night Serie A match.
Mancini up for Crystal Palace
Roberto Mancini is considering a return to the Premier League as manager of Crystal Palace, according to The Mirror.
LIVEBLOG: Napoli v Inter
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Milinkovic risk for Rome Derby
Lazio will need a late derby fitness test on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who sustained an injury during today’s training session.
No Dybala for Juventus
Juventus named their limited squad to face Atalanta tomorrow evening, but there’s no Paulo Dybala.
Milan shirts aid Chapecoense
Mauro Icardi’s Inter armband commemorates Chapecoense, while Milan face Crotone with special shirts whose profits will go to the Brazilian club.
Milan meet Chinese investors
President Silvio Berlusconi is confident Chinese buyers can take Milan “back to the top of world football,” but a meeting today discusses closing delays.
Simic joins Palermo staff
Former Milan and Inter defender Dario Simic has officially joined Palermo as a “personal consultant to President Maurizio Zamparini.”
Nainggolan: 'No Chelsea regrets'
Radja Nainggolan reiterated he has “no regrets” at turning down a move to Chelsea and is fired up for Roma’s Derby showdown with Lazio.
Atalanta squad against Juventus
Atalanta released their squad list to face Juventus tomorrow evening, missing several players.
Babacar stay reliant on Sousa?
Khouma Babacar’s decision to stick or twist at Fiorentina reportedly depends on whether Paulo Sousa vacates his role as Coach.
Pandev: Inter over Napoli
Goran Pandev admits he is backing Inter over Napoli tonight as the Nerazzurri “will always be a great team”, while the Partenopei “are really struggling”.
Juve want ‘new Juninho’?
Juventus are reportedly keeping tabs on Monaco starlet Gabriel Boschilia, who has been labelled ‘the new Juninho Pernambucano’.
Osvaldo fires Boca broadside
Former Italy striker Dani Osvaldo has fired a stinging broadside at Boca Juniors, accusing his old coaches of narcissism, sycophancy and disrespect.
Castan: I thought I’d die
Torino defender Leandro Castan has shed light on his spell out of football, which saw the Brazilian “lose nearly 15kg” and “convinced” him that he would die.
Inter eye Park loan?
Inter are reportedly considering a January swoop for out-of-favour Borussia Dortmund defender Park Joo-Ho.
Banti to ref Rome derby again
Luca Banti has been chosen to officiate Sunday’s Derby della Capitale between Lazio and Roma as the referees for Serie A Week 15 are announced.
‘Napoli must be more ruthless’
Piotr Zielinski believes Napoli’s problems stem from not being “ruthless” enough in front of goal ahead of Friday’s showdown with Inter.
President slams ‘unacceptable’ Pescara
Daniele Sebastiani has slammed Pescara for an “unacceptable” exit from the Coppa Italia and hinted that players will leave in January as a result.
Hysaj fit for Inter clash
Elseid Hysaj has been given the green light to make Napoli’s squad for their Serie A clash with Inter on Friday.
‘Juve can’t always go 100mph’
Massimiliano Allegri insists Juventus “can’t go 100mph all season” as Serie A’s bottom four prove an 18-team League would be “more balanced and beautiful”.
Allegri: 'Stats aren't everything'
Massimiliano Allegri belives that 'numbers aren't everything' as he tries to put last weekend's 3-0 defet to Genoa behind his Juventus side.
Official: Salah out for three weeks
Roma have confirmed that Mohamed Salah will be out for three weeks following an injury sustained in training.
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