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Allegri-juventusJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri will embrace the upcoming international break after Alvaro Morata and Sami Khedira inspired the stuttering Italian champions to their first league home win of the season on Sunday. Juventus, the Serie A and Italian Cup champions, had slumped to 15th place after opening their title defence with a home defeat against Udinese before being held in Turin by Chievo and newly-promoted Frosinone.

Combined with away defeats to Roma and Napoli, Allegri’s men made ther worst start to the season in over four decades. On Sunday, fans must have been fearing it was deja vu when Anthony Mounier’s strike rolled past Gianluigi Buffon in the fifth minute, although the goalkeeper’s blunder was plain to see.

sinisa-mihajlovic2A line in the sand has been drawn by AC Milan voach Sinisa Mihajlovic who said he expects to “give explanations” to Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi but said he “won’t resign” after a 4-0 mauling by Napoli on Sunday prompted fans to stage protests at the San Siro.

“I’m sure I will get a phone call,” from Berlusconi, Mihajlovic said Sunday after leaving media waiting nearly an hour after the game before appearing at the post-match conference. “He will be asking for explanations, but I won’t hide. I will give them to him.”

fiorentina-fansGoals from Josip Ilicic, Borja Valero and Joan Verdu secured a 3-0 win over Atalanta on Sunday as Fiorentina maintained their purple patch to go two points clear of Inter Milan at the top of Italy’s Serie A, while Juventus beat Bologna 3-1 and Napoli crushed AC Milan 4-0.

On the day, stuttering champions Juventus finally ended their quest for a first home win at the fourth attempt, Fiorentina showed their 4-1 humiliation of early season pacesetters Inter Milan last week was no flash in the pan. La Viola now sit two points ahead of Inter with Lazio, who saw Keita Balde and Filip Djordjevic strike late to secure a precious 2-0 win at home to Frosinone, moving up to third, a point further adrift.

Gianluigi BuffonThe Spanish paper El Mundo Deportivo claims to be have gotten its hands on the 57 names that make up the shortlist for the this year’s Ballon d’Or.

That legendary Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was not one of the five goalkeepers on the list has sparked outrage in Italy, with the Juventus keeper admitting his disappointment.

Buffon, who helped Juventus to the Champions League final, defying expectations at the age of 37, was left out, while Arsenal No 2 David Ospina somehow made the cut

updated-champions-league-trophyA successful night of Europa League action has allowed Italy’s Serie A to eat into the deficit on the English Premier League in UEFA’s coefficient rankings.

HHaving already relinquished second spot to Germany’s Bundesliga at the start of the season, the Premier League is in danger of losing a Champions League berth to Serie A for the 2017-18 season.

That will happen if Italian clubs get consistently good results and the Premier League continues to disappoint in Europe — and Thursday’s Europa League results have boosted Italy’s hopes.

fiorentina-fansItalian Serie A leaders Fiorentina continued their fine form as they defeated Belenenses 4-0 in Portugal in Group I. Federico Bernardeschi and Khouma Boubacar scored before the break in Lisbon and a Tonel own goal made it three before Giuseppe Rossi scored his first goal since May last year after injury to clinch the win.

Fiorentina are second in their group, three points behind Basel, who beat Lech Poznan 2-0 in Switzerland. Fiorentina were not the only Italian winners, with Lazio coming from behind to beat nine-man Saint-Etienne 3-2 in Group G and Napoli winning 2-0 at Legia Warsaw in Group D.

updated-champions-league-trophyAlessandro Florenzi has called for a swift change in Roma’s mental approach after their 3-2 humbling by BATE Borisov in group E of the UEFA Champions League. The Italian giants travelled to Belarus hoping to build on a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Barcelona in their opener, only to concede three quick-fire goals at the Borisov-Arena inside the opening half hour. Rudi Garcia’s men reduced the arrears twice in a far improved second half, but the damage was done and IGiallorossi suffered a defeat that sent them bottom of the pool.

fiorentina-fansA hat-trick by Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic set up Fiorentina for a stunning 4-1 win at the San Siro that ended Inter Milan’s 100 per cent start to the campaign and sent La Viola top of Italian Serie A. Inter, who have not won the scudetto since their treble-winning feat of 2010, had boosted their early-season hopes by racing to a ten-point lead over defending champions Juventus after winning their opening five games.

mancini8A rare slate of midweek games in Italy saw Inter Milan stretch their lead at the top of Serie as champions Juventus were held by Frosinone and Roma lose to Sampdoria. Inter’s blistering start to the season has left many believing that Roberto Mancini’s side have already stolen a march on four-time consecutive champions Juventus in the fight for this season’s scudetto as the gap between the two rivals is now 10 points.

paul-pogba-newPaul Pogba created one goal and scored another as Juventus finally picked up heir first Italian Serie A win of the season, while Francesco Totti hit his 300th goal for Roma in a 2-2 draw with Sassuolo. Amid their worst start to the season in several decades, Juventus travelled to Genoa hoping to build on an impressive 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester City in midweek.