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Ivo Pulga rues Cagliari's missed opportunities and Rolando Maran is grateful for the point.
Juventus director general Beppe Marotta reveals Antonio Conte “made the decision” to punish Paul Pogba by dropping him.
Juventus rely on Fabio Quagliarella for tonight’s trip to Pescara, while Juan Fernando Quintero should start just days after fainting during training.
Mariano Andujar needed a series of great saves to earn Catania a point in Cagliari after some controversy over the Is Arenas seating.
Sampdoria face a gruelling journey to reach Palermo for Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off after their flight was cancelled.
Francesco Guidolin admits it’s a blast from the past to be facing Chievo Coach Eugenio Corini. “He was my greatest captain.”
Ciro Ferrara has hinted at “a different Sampdoria to the one seen recently” when they try to end a six-game losing streak in Palermo.
Stephan El Shaarawy is in the squad for Milan’s game with Fiorentina, but both first choice full-backs miss out.
Paul Pogba’s agent slammed Antonio Conte and Juventus for dropping him due to disciplinary measures, but the player sent a very different message.
Marco Borriello is surprisingly in the squad for Genoa’s game against Napoli, although he was not expected to be fit for several weeks yet.
The line-ups for the 17.00 GMT kick-off Cagliari-Catania have been announced, but fans feared another defeat if the club insisted on ignoring the authorities’ decision to close the stands.
Livorno, Hellas Verona, Modena and Brescia earn big away wins, but Varese leapfrog Padova in a head-to-head.
Fiorentina have reacted angrily to rumours Milan, Napoli and Lazio are eager to poach Vincenzo Montella. “He is under lock and key.”
Gigi Del Neri warns Genoa they must “not just focus on Edinson Cavani” as it looks as if their game with Napoli will go ahead despite flood warnings.
Massimiliano Allegri again warned Milan fans “it’ll take time to win” and their target is fourth place, which makes the game with Fiorentina a head-to-head for Europe.
The Cagliari confusion at the Is Arenas continues, as it has only been announced hours before the game with Catania that the main stand is closed.
Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic goes into his first ever Derby della Capitale, but “from the first day here I realised what it represents. Zdenek Zeman is a legend.”
Vincenzo Montella is adamant he “fears Milan” despite their poor form and is concerned all the praise heaped on Fiorentina can be counter-productive.
Andrea Stramaccioni insists he holds Wesley Sneijder “in the highest regard” and hopes Inter’s injury crisis can push them on to beat Atalanta.
Zdenek Zeman warns Rome Derby newcomers “will realise what it means when they step on to the field” against Lazio tomorrow afternoon.
Francesco Totti has shaken off a knock to be in the squad for tomorrow’s Lazio-Roma showdown.
Alberto Aquilani is fired up as Fiorentina face his former club Milan. “I will stay here for a long time, but I don’t want this reputation as a ‘broken’ player.”
“Paolo Tagliavento will pay for his mistakes” in Juventus-Inter, confirmed the chief of the Referees’ Association.
The temperature is rising for tomorrow’s Rome Derby and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo warns Roma “have to change mentality.”
There are reports Wesley Sneijder’s time at Inter is coming to an end in January with a €20m Manchester United offer ready to be accepted.
There are reports Genoa-Napoli will be called off due to flood warnings, as the city is in lockdown over an approaching storm linked to Hurricane Sandy.
Paul Pogba’s agent has blasted Juventus and Antonio Conte for being “unable to deal with situations at this level” after publicly shaming the midfielder.
Italy have named their squad for the friendly against Spain on Tuesday, including three new arrivals and the return of Lorenzo Insigne.
Cagliari President Massimo Cellino made an unusual pledge to celebrate the Is Arenas opening to fans today. “I’ll play Ave Maria on the guitar.”
Pescara Coach Giovanni Stroppa feels Juventus reflect Antonio Conte’s character, but warns they can “hurt” them this evening.
Terrible news for Inter midfielder Gaby Mudingayi, who has been diagnosed with both knee ligament and thigh injuries that’ll keep him out for two months.
Will Juventus start a new unbeaten run from tonight at Pescara or have Inter broken the spell? Read previews of all this weekend’s games, including the Rome derby and Milan-Fiorentina.
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A late strike by Stefano Okaka allowed Spezia to snatch a point away to bottom of the table Grosseto in the Friday Serie B match.
Former Parma and Siena striker Enrico Chiesa has commented on where his loyalties lie ahead of their meeting this Sunday.

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