NEWS

Cagliari assistant manager Diego Lopez admits it’s an unusual situation against Inter today in Trieste. “We’re the home side only in a manner of speaking.”
Giuseppe Sannino feels today’s lunchtime match with Bologna is “fundamentally important” for Palermo’s chances of escaping relegation.
Tonight it’s a showdown for second place at San Siro, this afternoon is the Derby della Lanterna and tomorrow Juventus visit Lazio.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Atalanta Coach Stefano Colantuono rues not making the most of a strong first half and insists “it wasn’t a penalty” after defeat to Fiorentina.
Vincenzo Montella is making no bones about Fiorentina’s ambitions after a win away to Atalanta took them within three points of Milan. “Forza Napoli.”
A contentious penalty and Marcelo Larrondo blockbuster gave Fiorentina the 2-0 victory away to Atalanta, though German Denis was sent off.
Serie B side Ascoli have officially sacked Coach Rosario Pergolizzi to bring back Massimo Silva just three weeks after his dismissal.
Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani claims without refereeing errors “we’d be on 30 points right now” after another defeat.
Pescara co-Coach Bruno Nobili insists they “did not deserve to lose,” especially as Siena’s deciding goal was offside.
Beppe Iachini praised Siena’s spirit after they recovered from a shock to beat Pescara 3-2. “It was a complicated situation, but the players believed.”
Fiorentina have to reshuffle with Mounir El Hamdaoui against giant-killers Atalanta and German Denis, but Adem Ljajic is injured.
Siena fumbled a 2-0 lead away to Pescara, but snatched a thrilling last-gasp 3-2 victory with Innocent Emeghara.
Davide Ballardini realises just how important the Derby della Lanterna is for the city, the fans and their hopes of staying in Serie A. “I need an extraordinary Genoa.”
Massimo Ambrosini has not recovered in time to face Napoli tomorrow night, while Mario Balotelli begins his three-match ban.
Serie A Week 32 kicks off with a crunch relegation dogfight between Pescara and a revived Siena.
Livorno conquered Varese to go clear in second place, Brescia held Sassuolo, Padova had a six-goal thriller and Bari won from 3-0 down.
Walter Mazzarri still won’t rule out Napoli’s chances of winning the Scudetto and warns Milan can do damage even without Mario Balotelli tomorrow night.
Mirko Vucinic denied he is inconsistent and insisted Juventus “do not need to sign” Alexis Sanchez next season.
Bologna must do without Alessandro Diamanti and Diego Perez against Palermo tomorrow, as they have not recovered from injury.
The away end of Pescara’s Stadio Adriatico has been named after Piermario Morosini a year on from the Livorno player’s death here.
After Italian teams failed to reach the European semi-finals, clubs are asking to be allowed a third non-EU player.
Aurelio Andreazzoli hit back at Roma’s critics and stood up for Pablo Daniel Osvaldo ahead of the trip to Torino and Coppa Italia semi-final with Inter.
Massimiliano Allegri is confident Milan-Napoli will be “a spectacular encounter” even without banned Mario Balotelli.
Udinese visit Parma on Sunday minus talismanic captain Antonio Di Natale, but Francesco Guidolin hopes “we can do well even without him.”
Injury problems are piling up on Inter, who have made an unusual choice in the absence of available strikers against Cagliari.
Roma have named their squad for the trip to Torino and will remain up north after the game to prepare for Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final against Inter.
Andrea Stramaccioni insists the row over referees “is all over now” as he tries to piece together an Inter squad to take on Cagliari.
Ruben Botta is looking forward to his summer transfer to Inter. “I compare myself with Leo Messi and Angel Di Maria,” explained the midfielder.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is widely expected to leave Roma after another locker room row, as Tottenham, Juventus and Fiorentina prepare summer swoops.
There are reports Lazio Coach Vladimir Petkovic could be given a contract extension with new Sir Alex Ferguson style powers.
Giampaolo Pazzini is set to start against Napoli tomorrow night in place of Mario Balotelli, but insists he’d “like to play alongside him” for Milan and Italy.
Italian media claim Juventus Coach Antonio Conte has turned down a job offer to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.
Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia continues to attract interest from around Italy and Europe, including Tottenham and Chelsea.
Marcello Lippi celebrated his 65th birthday in China and cast his eye over the Italian football scene. “The clubs aren’t doing as well as the Nazionale.”

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