Roberto Mancini could be set to return to Inter should Walter Mazzarri be shown the exit, whilst David Moyes is also again linked.
Mazzarri has again received the backing of Inter President Erick Thohir after a 1-0 victory at Cesena put an end to a series of bad results. However, the Indonesian tycoon also warned that the Coach would be assessed over the next two games.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Thohir’s words serve as an ultimatum for Mazzarri, and should the former Napoli boss fall short of expectations, Mancini could be lined up to replace him.
Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente scored as Italian Serie A leaders Juventus brushed off Palermo with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. Chasing a fourth successive Scudetto, Juventus remain unbeaten through eight games, of which they have won seven.
Gonzalo Higuain’s second-half hat-trick lifted Napoli to a 6-2 victory over Hellas Verona in a match that was much closer than the scoreline suggests. It was in fact the visitors who took a shock first-minute lead at the Stadio San Paolo through Iceland midfielder Emil Hallfreosson and, although Marek Hamsik’s brace put Napoli in the ascendancy, Hellas equalised midway through the second half through Nicolas Lopez. They were level for less than two minutes, though, as Higuain put Napoli ahead and the Argentinian scored twice more, the last from the penalty spot, after Jose Callejon had scored the Partenopei’s fourth.
Fiorentina say that striker Giuseppe Rossi is recovering well from a knee injury.
The Italy international, who underwent keyhole knee surgery in the United States in September, is out of action until the new year.
A statement from Fiorentina read: “Fiorentina announces that Giuseppe Rossi underwent today (Tuesday) a check up with Professor Singleton in Vail (Colorado).
“The visit showed a correct evolution of meniscal suture.
“The increase in gravity loads will be gradual until the next check up, which will be carried out in the next three to four weeks, and at the end of this period, the player will return to Florence.”
Paul Pogba has signed a new improved contract with Juventus which will keep him with the Serie A giants until June 2019, the Turin club has announced.
The France international’s previous deal was due to expire in 2016. Juve had been keen to tie the 21-year-old central midfielder down as he has become the target of several top European clubs.
“We have just signed Paul Pogba’s renewal until 2019,” Juve club administrator Giuseppe Marotta said during Juve’s shareholders meeting in Turin on Friday.
Ignazio Abate has signalled he wants to end his career at AC Milan as he approaches the end of his present contract.
The Italy defender has yet to sign an extension to his deal that ends next summer but insists he intends to stay at the San Siro.
“My priority is Milan,” Abate told newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “I will stay here as long as I can.
“This is my home, although I know in football you can always be moved. I want to stay here and finish my career. I couldn’t see myself in another jersey, at least not in Italy.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has said that he remains confident his side can qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League despite Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Olympiacos.
The Italians lost in Greece to suffer their second straight defeat in the competition following their 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid earlier this month. Juve have taken just three points from their opening three games and lie third in Group A, three points adrift of group leaders Atletico and Olympiacos.
Pressure 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.
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Fiorentina 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.
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Roma 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.
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Juventus 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.