SPAL NEWS

Roma teammates Edin Dzeko and Stephan El Shaarawy reportedly came close to blows during last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to SPAL.
Goalkeeper Emil Audero was Italy’s best performer in a 0-0 friendly draw with Austria, as there were worrying defensive lapses.
Italy’s Under-21 side taking on Austria in a friendly this evening starts with the likes of Emil Audero, Davide Calabria and Patrick Cutrone.
Leonardo Semplici said SPAL “found ourselves again this evening” after beating Roma 2-1. “We must try to replicate this performance.”
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s Serie A games, Sassuolo-Sampdoria, SPAL v Roma and Torino-Bologna.
Claudio Ranieri admits SPAL deserved to beat Roma, but “if we don’t qualify for the Champions League, quite a few will get a change of scenery.”
The Claudio Ranieri effect has already worn off, as Roma were beaten 2-1 by a SPAL side who hadn’t won at home for six months.
Roma director Frederic Massara does “not even want to consider the possibility we won’t qualify for the Champions League.”
Rick Karsdorp says Claudio Ranieri “transmits a sense of confidence and optimism” to Roma, while he can’t wait to play with Justin Kluivert against SPAL.
SPAL striker Andrea Petagna wants them to end their home drought and “replicate” the performance that beat Roma in October.
Claudio Ranieri revamps Roma again for the trip to relegation-threatened SPAL, with Patrik Schick partnering Edin Dzeko, Justin Kluivert and Stephan El Shaarawy as wingers.
SPAL boss Leonardo Semplici has backed his side to preserve their Serie A status for another season. “We’re masters of our own destiny.”
Roma must do without Aleksandar Kolarov against Serie A rivals SPAL on Saturday, but Nicolo Zaniolo makes the cut.
The referees for Serie A Week 28 are announced as Marco Guida is handed the Derby della Madonnina between Milan and Inter on Sunday.
Claudio Ranieri has praised his Roma players for responding ‘well’ to him and suggested that Patrik Schick and Edin Dzeko will pair up against SPAL.
Join us for all the build-up and action from today’s Serie A games, including Inter-SPAL, Sampdoria-Atalanta, Sassuolo-Napoli and Fiorentina-Lazio.
Joao Miranda will need surgery to reduce a fractured nose, while Marcelo Brozovic is in doubt against Eintracht and Milan with a muscular issue.
Leonardo Semplici remains “convinced SPAL can secure Serie A survival” after their 2-0 defeat to Inter. “We knew it’d be difficult today.”
Luciano Spalletti admits Inter “should’ve done better and allow tension to strangle us” in the victory over SPAL. “You have to prove with performances every time you deserve to be at Inter.”
Matteo Politano and Roberto Gagliardini made the most of lucky ricochets to give Inter a 2-0 win over SPAL, but Marcelo Brozovic and Joao Miranda picked up injuries.