For 77 minutes Inter were second best on the night. Lazio had went ahead in the ninth minute when Adam Marusic’s strike was heading for the corner flag before it smacked Ivan Perisic in the face and ricocheted into the far bottom corner. It was the sort of goal that had Inter fans wondering if this was going to be one of those nights,
Mario Balotelli is back in the Italy squad after receiving a summer call-up from Roberto Mancini, his former boss at Manchester City.
The 27-year-old Nice striker, who has scored 13 goals across his 33 appearances for the Azzurri, last featured for Italy at the 2014 World Cup, subsequently being overlooked by Antonio Conte and Giampiero Ventura.
New national team head coach Mancini knows Balotelli well from their time together at City — a three-year collaboration during which the forward produced some of the best football of his club career.
Alisson has been heavily linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side after impressing throughout the season and was a key player for Roma as they reached the Champions League semi-final.
Despite the strong form of Loris Karius in recent months, Klopp is still on the look out for a new No 1 with worries still existing over the German and his goalkeeping rival Simon Mignolet.
However, ahead of Roma’s final Serie A match of the season against Sassuolo on Sunday, Di Francesco has reassured his club’s supporters that Alisson will stay put this summer.
There were emotional scenes in Turin on Saturday as Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus after 17 years with the Italian champions.
Buffon announced this week that he would leave Juventus at the end of the season – although he would not retire from football, as was expected.
The home game at Juventus Stadium against Hellas Verona was his final match for the Serie A winners, and there were tears from both player and fans before the game, and then when he was subbed off to a standing ovation after 64 minutes.
Morata began life at Stamford Bridge in prolific fashion after his move from Real Madrid last summer, scoring six goals in his first six appearances, but has struggled to maintain his form.
The January arrival of Olivier Giroud brought fresh competition for the Spaniard which has saw him reduced to the bench on five occasions.
The Independent has reported that Massimiliano Allegri would be interested in offering Morata a route out of west London with a return to Turin.
Gianluigi Buffon will play his final game for Juventus on Saturday after 17 years with the club.
The World Cup winner will lift his ninth Serie A title against Hellas Verona at the Allianz Stadium.
Buffon said he changed his mind about retiring 15 days ago and has received job offers on and off the pitch.
“Next week, after two or three days of reflection and serenity, I will take my decision,” he said.
Buffon is facing a Uefa ban for comments made about English referee Michael Oliver, who sent him off during the Champions League quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid last month.
Juventus may be old and ugly but they always end up winning, defender Giorgio Chiellini said after they clinched a seventh successive Serie A title on Sunday.
The 33-year-old, who has never been afraid to speak his mind, also taunted runners-up Napoli, saying they had celebrated too early after winning 1-0 at Juventus three weeks ago.
Chiellini is one of five players who have been involved in all seven title-winning campaigns alongside goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Claudio Marchisio.
AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has hinted that under-fire teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma could possibly be sold in future if the price is right.
Donnarumma quickly established a reputation as one of world football’s most promising young talents after making his debut aged just 16 and Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain both chased his signature last summer before a protracted contract saga ended with the player performing a U-turn and signing a lucrative new four-year deal.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini says he will talk to long-excluded striker Mario Balotelli about a possible return to the national team.
Speaking at his presentation in Florence on Tuesday, Mancini said: ‘Mario is an Italian player. We’ll definitely talk. He’s one of those players we should take a new look at.’
During their time at City, Mancini often clashed with the troublesome star.
The pair famously had a bust-up during a training session before being separated by staff and team-mates.
Massimiliano Allegri says he will still be Juventus coach next season “if they don’t fire me.”
Allegri has been heavily linked to Arsenal as the London club search for Arsene Wenger’s replacement, but the former AC Milan boss said Juventus want to achieve more after completing the double this season.
Speaking after his side wrapped up an historic seventh straight Scudetto — his fourth in a row since replacing Antonio Conte — Allegri confirmed he expects to lead their assault on an eighth straight title next year.
When asked whether he will remain in Turin, Allegri said: