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Saturday January 23 2021
Liveblog: Serie A Wk19 Super Saturday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games, Roma-Spezia, Milan-Atalanta, Udinese-Inter and Fiorentina-Crotone.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

We begin at 14.00 GMT at the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma and Spezia meet for the second time in four days, as they drew 2-2 here in the Coppa Italia, the visitors winning 4-2 in extra time.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Highlights: Roma 4-3 Spezia

There were six goals in their Coppa Italia meeting midweek, but Roma took revenge with a 4-3 thriller in stoppages to beat Spezia.

It is never dull when these two teams cross paths and they outdid themselves at the Stadio Olimpico in their first Serie A encounter.

Borja Mayoral’s opener was cancelled out by Roberto Piccoli, but the game truly lit up in the second half.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Fonseca refuses to answer Dzeko questions

Paulo Fonseca demands ‘more respect’ for Roma in the media after a 4-3 win over Spezia, but refuses to answer questions on his split with Edin Dzeko. ‘We proved we are all together.’

When Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the last-gasp winner for the 4-3 result, sparking wild celebrations, including Fonseca running up the touchline to join the group hug.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Roma 4-3 Spezia: Pellegrini seals seven-goal thriller

Roma rescued coach Paulo Fonseca’s job with a stoppage-time Lorenzo Pellegrini goal after a thrilling 4-3 win over Spezia.

Click here for the full match report.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Pellegrini on Dzeko-Fonseca row

Lorenzo Pellegrini did not deny a total breakdown in the rapport between Edin Dzeko and Paulo Fonseca. ‘A victory can help resolve Roma problems.’

The Serie A game with Spezia kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

Dzeko, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pedro Rodriguez are all out of action, officially due to injury, although there are reports the centre-forward was dropped following a row with his coach.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Line-ups: Roma v Spezia

Roma are decimated by injuries, bans and off the field tension, so Borja Mayoral and Carles Perez lead the attack against their nemesis Spezia.

It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, you can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Allegri first choice for Roma and Chelsea

Max Allegri is emerging as the favourite for both Roma and Chelsea if they sack their coaches Paulo Fonseca and Frank Lampard.

The former Milan and Juventus boss is now a free agent and has been taking a break since he was fired by Juve in the summer of 2019.

He was dismissed despite winning five consecutive Serie A titles and reaching two Champions League Finals.

The English media are increasingly suggesting Allegri is the first choice should Lampard be dismissed.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Fazio medical for Parma move

Roma defender Federico Fazio is undergoing a medical ahead of a reported transfer to Parma.

The centre-back was one of several players left out of the Giallorossi squad for today’s game with Spezia.

According to Pagine Romaniste, Fazio arrived at the Villa Stuart clinic this morning for a medical.

This is believed to be the necessary step before he can sign for Parma.

The 33-year-old Argentine centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at the Stadio Olimpico over the last year.

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Saturday January 23 2021
What does it mean to be Winter Champions?

The title of Winter Champions is purely a media one, but the team top of Serie A at the midway stage has gone on to win the Scudetto 19 times in the last 26 campaigns.

Milan need only a point today against Atalanta to be sure of taking the Campione d’Inverno crown, as if Inter win and the Rossoneri lose, then the Nerazzurri have a superior goal difference.

Come the end of the season, head-to-head will be the deciding factor, but at the midway stage it’s still goal difference.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Roma and El Shaarawy COVID scare

Roma are locked in a ‘bubble’ after two members of staff tested positive for COVID-19, with reports Stephan El Shaarawy’s medical was also postponed by Coronavirus.

Their game with Spezia is due to kick off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

According to multiple sources including Sky Sport Italia and the Corriere dello Sport, two members of staff tested positive for COVID-19.

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