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Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio was horrified by the Nerazzurri’s 2-1 defeat to Crotone saying “The team was superficial, arrogant and unacceptable.”

This was Inter’s second consecutive loss and with three tough matches to come, Inter could easily slide out of the Europa League palces by the end of the month.

“When you see an attitude like the one in the first half, you’re not going to win any game,” Ausilio blasted on Inter Channel.

“The team was superficial, arrogant and unacceptable. If you go on the field and don’t give your all, of course you’re going to struggle.

Lorenzo Insigne atoned for a glaring first-half miss to help Napoli win 3-0 at Lazio in Serie A to strengthen his team’s hold on third spot and a Champions League start for next season.

Napoli took the lead with one of their trademark team moves. Dries Mertens found Marek Hamsik with a through ball and he crossed for Jose Callejon to tap in at the far post.

Insigne should have doubled Napoli’s lead on the stroke of halftime but he curled his shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice on his old Napoli hunting ground to send Juventus into the Italian Cup final despite a 3-2 defeat to their bitter rivals on Wednesday.

The Argentine, returning to the San Paolo stadium for the second time since his acrimonious exit last year and booed throughout, did not celebrate his goals which gave Juve a 5-4 aggregate win over Napoli in the two-legged semi-final.

The holders appeared to be cruising as they led 2-1 on the hour but two quick Napoli goals, the first following a howler from Juve goalkeeper Neto, forced them to resort to time-wasting and gamesmanship in the last 20 minutes.

Roma fans were back in the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday to see their team beat city rival Lazio but lose the Italian Cup semi-final 4-3 on aggregate.

Mohamed Salah scored twice and Stephan El Shaarawy netted the other as Roma won the second leg of their semi-final derby 3-2.

But goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile sent Lazio through to the final, where they will likely meet Juventus.

The Serie A leaders visits Napoli on Wednesday, leading 3-1 from the first leg and firmly on course for a third successive league and cup double.

Fabio Quagliarella’s last-gasp penalty boosted Sampdoria to a surprise 2-1 victory at San Siro that damaged Inter Milan’s bid for European football.

The hosts needed all three points from Monday night’s match to reclaim fifth place from Atalanta and Danilo D’Ambrosio’s first-half opener put them on the right track.

However, after Patrik Schick levelled, Quagliarella put away an 85th-minute penalty to keep Inter at least another win away from the nearest Europa League berth.

Antonio Candreva missed a sitter in the early exchanges and Samp soon replied with Quagliarella hitting a post with a long-range attempt.

Juventus manager Massimilaino Allegri claimed his team were one step closer to yet another Serie A title after a hard-fought draw at Napoli.

Despite taking the lead through Sami Khedira, Juve had to hold on to earn a point against the side in third place.

But they secured a crucial result to move six points clear at the top of the table, and despite what he called a ‘difficult’ game, Allegri was positive about the draw.

Napoli and Juventus played out a hard-fought 1-1 stalemate at the Stadio San Paolo amid a hostile atmosphere conjured by the return of former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The fixture was geared around the return of the hitman, who scored the decisive match-winning goal when the two sides met earlier in the season.

But it was to be Higuain’s German team-mate Sami Khedira who would stand up to make the first impact upon the game, finding the back of the net inside six minutes.

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At first I thought that the stories linking Antonio Conte was just newspaper talk. But the Conte to Inter story will not go away, and is now being picked up by newspapers in both Italy and England.

Reportedly Suning Group want to bring in a big-name manager and have set their sights on the current Chelsea boss.

To help persuade Conte, Suning have offered him a €200m transfer kitty, and they want former Inter player and director of sport, Lele Oriali, to return to the club. Oriali worked alongside Conte when he as Italy team manager, helping guide the Azzurri to the quarter finals of Euro 2016.

Roma are ready to appoint Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, otherwise known as Monchi, as their new sporting director.

The Sevilla technical director, a former target for Everton, is due to hold talks over a three year deal with Roma in London.

It would end a more than 30-year association between Monchi and Sevilla. The 48-year-old spent his entire playing career at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan before going upstairs after retiring in 2000.

Mochi’s profile has grown in recent years with Sevilla’s consistent success in the Europa League and their ability to remain competitive despite losing their best players every summer.