NEWS

Stephan El Shaarawy returns to the Milan starting XI as they visit surprise package Verona and Luca Toni.
Stephan El Shaarawy said “it will be fundamental to start strong, tough and united” in today’s Verona-Milan.
Lazio President Claudio Lotito defended FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio, snapped at Roma and said he’ll go into politics.
Fiorentina director Daniele Pradè reassured Borja Valero and confirmed Adrian Mutu won’t return to Florence.
Roma’s big Champions League game with Bayern Munich on Tuesday will be officiated by Jonas Eriksson.
Gian Piero Gasperini admits it will be tough to keep Genoa focused against Empoli after floods throughout the city.
Fiorentina again drop Borja Valero with Khouma Babacar and Juan Cuadrado hoping to break down Filip Djordjevic’s Lazio.
Chievo are reportedly ready to sack Coach Eugenio Corini and bring in Rolando Maran.
Manchester United could be preparing a £15m January offer for Torino and Italy wing-back Matteo Darmian.
Luciano Moggi claims Roma are returning to a “pre-Calciopoli tactic: tell referees it’s best to go against Juventus to avoid criticism.”
Palermo are bottom of the table and Beppe Iachini could be fired if he fails to beat Cesena today. “I take it one day at a time.”
Udinese are in the top four, but Andrea Stramaccioni is concerned about their trip to Torino. “They are very organised.”
Roberto Donadoni told Parma “from now on every game is a head-to-head,” starting with Atalanta.
Francesco Totti praised Roma for demolishing Chievo 3-0, as “it was important to maintain that mentality.”
Roberto Pereyra told Juventus to forget Sassuolo and focus on the Champions League trip to Olympiacos.
Inter defender Juan Jesus assures Gonzalo Higuain “doesn’t scare me” ahead of tonight’s big match with Napoli.
Walter Mazzarri and Rafa Benitez face their past in Inter-Napoli, but first Fiorentina host Lazio and Milan visit Verona.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Arturo Vidal released a statement assuring media reports of a row with Juventus and fine for a bar brawl are untrue.
Massimiliano Allegri said he “knew there were difficulties” after Juventus were held 1-1 by Sassuolo, but won’t lose confidence.
Eusebio Di Francesco revealed his tactical approach to neutralising Juventus, which didn’t involve man-marking Andrea Pirlo.
Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli admits the 1-1 draw with Juventus “feels like a victory.”
Simone Zaza and Sassuolo pegged Juventus back to a 1-1 draw despite Paul Pogba’s wonder-strike, so Roma are just one point behind.
Chievo Coach Eugenio Corini believes Roma “are on the same level as Juventus” after a 3-0 hammering.
Roma Coach Rudi Garcia explained his decisions against Chievo and expects a “fantastic” Bayern Munich match.
Leonardo Bonucci expects “a fine duel” with Sassuolo striker Simone Zaza tonight and noted Juventus are in the driving seat.
Mattia Destro confirmed Roma have not lost confidence and “can’t wait” to face Bayern Munich.
Leaders Juventus try to maintain their 100 per cent record away to Sassuolo, but take on Simone Zaza and Domenico Berardi.
Mattia Destro, Adem Ljajic and Francesco Totti ensured Roma had crushed Chievo’s spirit before half-time.
Vincenzo Montella hinted he’ll drop Borja Valero again when Fiorentina host Lazio on Sunday. “We can think big.”
Verona Coach Andrea Mandorlini warned “it’s never easy against Milan, but we won’t make it easy for them either.”
Mateo Kovacic, Yuto Nagatomo, Fredy Guarin and Gary Medel are all in the Inter squad to face Napoli.
Lucas Biglia and Cristian Ledesma are available for Lazio’s trip to Fiorentina on Sunday.
Roma director general Mauro Baldissoni said Rudi Garcia “is right to say he’s sure we’ll win the Scudetto.”
Zdenek Zeman warned Cagliari to be wary of Sampdoria, as “they have the same character as Sinisa Mihajlovic.”

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