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Rafael-Benitez-NapoliPressure is mounting on Napoli coach Rafael Benitez ahead of Palermo’s visit to the San Paolo on Wednesday as the Serie A club continue to reel from early season setbacks.

Napoli’s hopes of competing in this season’s UEFA Champions League ended with elimination in the third qualifying round at the hands of Athletic Bilbao. After three Serie A games Napoli are six points behind Roma and Juventus and, with Inter Milan and AC Milan looking stronger this season, seemingly set for an uphill struggle to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.


ACF_FiorentinaFiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is hoping his side will build some momentum when they host winless Sassuolo in Serie A on Wednesday. La Viola go into the encounter at the Artemio Franchi stadium in high spirits, and for good reason.

Fiorentina fans were able to breathe a big sigh of relief after their team’s 1-0 triumph at Atalanta on Sunday – their first league success of the campaign. Montella’s side had mustered one point in their opening two games before Jasmin Kurtic’s goal handed them victory.

“We knew that sooner or later the win would arrive,” Montella said. “This victory is very important.


Roma-fansRoma continued their perfect start to the Italian Serie A season with a 2-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday. Rudi Garcia’s men have won all three of their league games so far without conceding and also claimed a 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. They were not quite as devastating against Cagliari, but two goals in three minutes from Mattia Destro and Alessandro Florenzi were enough to keep them among the early pacesetters.


Tevez-JuveJuventus confirmed they are still the team to beat in the Italian Serie A, ending AC Milan’s perfect start to the season with a 1-0 win at the San Siro. Carlos Tevez netted the only goal of the game in the 71st minute as former Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri got the better of the man whose playing career he effectively ended two years ago while in charge of the Rossoneri – Filippo Inzaghi.

Fernando Torres came on for his Milan debut late in the second half, but he could not help the club avoid dropping their first points of the season as Juve, Serie A winners for the past three seasons, moved three points clear at the top.


Fernando-Torres-acmFernando Torres has said that he is desperate to make his AC Milan debut on Sunday as I Rossoneri look to claim their second straight win at the start of the season away to Parma.

The Spanish striker joined Milan earlier this month on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea and is eager to play for his new club.

“I can’t wait,” Torres told www.acmilan.com.

“I really wanted to play in Serie A having experienced the Premier League and La Liga. I want to score many goals and help Milan fight for titles and qualify for European competition. I want to return to compete amongst the best.”


Giuseppe-RossiFears are growing that Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi may need another operation on his right knee after tests showed only a slight improvement in the player’s condition.

A routine examination on a muscular injury Rossi, 27, picked up recently revealed that the knee which was operated on last January was showing signs of having been overburdened. He was told to rest for a week before further tests would be carried out to see whether the knee had improved after a rest.

Those tests took place on Monday, and they showed a “clinical improvement” in his knee, albeit “confirming the overburdening” first seen on Aug. 18, according to a club statement.


Roma-fansMedhi Benatia’s big money move from AS Roma to Bayern Munich has again served to highlight how well the Serie A club has performed in the transfer market in recent seasons.

Twelve months after arriving at the Giallorossi from Udinese for €13.5 million, Benatia is joining Bayern for an initial €26 million. A profit of €12.5 million is nevertheless a fraction of the €30.5 million they earned from buying and selling Marquinhos.


Super Mario is returning to the Premier League as Liverpool have signed AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli for £16m.

Balotelli announced the move this morning in Milan telling reporters before training:

“This will be my last day at Milanello.”

The £16m transfer fee means that Milan will take a £3m loss on a player who scored 30 goals in 54 games for the Serie A club since joining in January 2013.



Giuseppe-RossiFiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi is set to miss his team’s Italian Serie A opener at Roma on August 30 with a knee problem. The Italy international hurt his right leg in training last week, although tests have ruled out more serious damage.

A statement from Fiorentina read:

“The tests done have excluded any muscle injuries in his thigh. However, the exams did reveal signs of excessive pressure being put on his right knee. The player will rest and receive appropriate treatment for at least seven days before undergoing further tests.”


Rafael-Benitez-NapoliNapoli coach Rafael Benitez has warned his side not to underestimate Athletic Club when the two sides meet in tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League play-off in Naples.

The Italians host the Basque outfit at the San Paolo stadium hoping to take an advantage heading into the return leg in Spain on 27 August. Napoli, who finished third in Serie A last season and lifted the Coppa Italia, are considered favourites to reach to the group stages for the third time but Benitez has warned his players to expect a difficult tie against Los Leones.