Inter legend Giuseppe Bergomi claims Serie A “needs” his former club and Milan after being disappointed by Roma and Napoli.
Inter demolished high-flying Atalanta 7-1 on Sunday to stay in with a fighting chance of Champions League qualification next season, while Milan are thought to be near a lucrative takeover.
“Roma are self-sufficient and Napoli lost their best striker to Juventus. What does it all mean? That Serie A needs Inter and Milan,” the iconic defender told Sky Sport Italia.
“Our football needs Inter and Milan. They must return to the top, with all due respect to Roma and Napoli. Inter will be closer to Juve next season.
Paulo Dybala’s first-half penalty ensured Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons, seeing off a Porto side who again played more than half the game with ten men.
Two-nil up from their trip to Portugal three weeks ago, Juventus initially looked set to seize the initiative once again, with Dybala twice trying his luck in the opening ten minutes. The Italian champions then opted to sit back, however, and sought to hit Porto on the break, leading to a slow-paced first period of few real opportunities.
Mauro Icardi and Ever Banega got hat-tricks in an astonishing performance from Inter, who crushed fifth-placed Atalanta 7-1 to leapfrog them in the race for Europe.
This was not only a Lombardy Derby, but also a head-to-head for European qualification with the Bergamo Boys surprisingly going in one point ahead in the table. Roberto Gagliardini faced his former teammates for the first time since the January transfer, but the visitors had Andrea Masiello suspended, Giulio Migliaccio and Boukary Drame injured.
Atalanta had already beaten Inter 2-1 in the reverse fixture and won two of their last four trips to San Siro, including a 4-3 thriller.
Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan spoke for many fans and followers of Italian football when he recently admitted,
“I hate Juventus because they always win with a penalty or a free-kick.”
Friday night’s victory over AC Milan will have done little to change that negative perception, one that is held by half the population of a football-obsessed country that often feels like it is divided not geographically, by north and south, but by Juve.
The four minutes of allocated injury time in Turin had almost elapsed when Bianconeri full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner tried to cross the ball into area. It only got 1.87 metres before it struck the arm of Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio.
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The Sunday Express claims that Juventus Coach Max Allegri has reached a verbal agreement with Arsenal and targets Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
According to Sunday’s paper, the tactician has given the all-clear to become the Gunners boss in 2017-18. However, he will only accept if Arsene Wenger steps down voluntarily.
It’s reported the agreement includes a list of players Allegri would like to sign next season, including Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic.
Arsenal fans are increasingly irritated with Wenger and he certainly did not endear himself to them today by dropping Alexis Sanchez for a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
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Pepe Reina’s brilliant stoppage-time save helped Napoli hold on to beat Roma 2-1 in the Derby del Sole at the Stadio Olimpico and close the gap on second place in Serie A.
Belgian Dries Mertens netted in each half to move Napoli within two points of Roma, who had produced a late rally after Kevin Strootman reduced the deficit in the final minute.
Reina, though, was on hand to acrobatically push Diego Perotti’s deflected shot up onto the crossbar to earn Napoli a first win over Roma since November 2014.
According to Calciomercato, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has told friends he will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the summer.
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Stunning news from Turin based Tuttosport, that former Juventus manager Antonio Conte has agreed to join Inter at the end of the season.
The current Chelsea manager has accepted a huge four year deal worth €15m per season from Suning. The former Italy boss is said to have given the OK to join the club after the offer was raised from €11m.
Legal representatives from Suning are now said to be in negotiations with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in order to agree a release from his current contract.
Lazio took a major step towards the Coppa Italia final with a hard-fought first-leg semi-final win over rivals Roma.
The light blue side had the best of the opening 45 minutes, and got a deserved goal when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fired into the roof of the net just before the half-hour.
In an end-to-end game, Lazio earned a potentially crucial second when Ciro Immobile slid in from close range on 78 minutes.
The winners go on to play against Juventus or Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico in May. The Aquile were technically the ‘home’ side for this leg, but had Federico Marchetti injured, Stefan Radu, Senad Lulic and Patric suspended. The Giallorossi rested Daniele De Rossi and Wojciech Szczesny for Leandro Paredes and Alisson Becker.
Napoli were left fuming after Juventus were awarded two penalties early in the second half on their way to a 3-1 win in the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
To add insult to injury, Napoli had their own penalty appeal turned down immediately before Juventus were awarded their second.
Paulo Dybala converted both spot kicks for Juve and his fellow Argentine Gonzalo Higuain scored in between after Jose Callejon had given the visitors a halftime lead.
It was Higuain’s second goal in as many meetings against Napoli since he left them to join Juventus in July after scoring a record 36 Serie A goals last season.