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The dates and kick-off times of the Coppa Italia Round of 16 have been confirmed, including Sampdoria v Milan, Bologna v Juventus and Inter v Benevento.

As there is a Serie A winter break in January, this time will be used to play Coppa Italia fixtures.

Sat Jan 12

  • Lazio v Novara (14.00 GMT)
  • Sampdoria v Milan (17.00 GMT)
  • Bologna v Juventus (19.45 GMT)

Sun Jan 13

  • Torino v Fiorentina (14.00 GMT)
  • Inter v Benevento (17.00 GMT)
  • Napoli v Sassuolo (19.45 GMT)

Mon Jan 14

  • Cagliari v Atalanta (16.30 GMT)

It has a horrible night for Serie A sides in Europe on Tuesday as both Inter Milan and Napoli were knocked out of the Champions League. Inter drew 1-1 at home to bottom of the group PSV while Napoli lost 1-0 at Liverpool.

Both clubs will now play in the Europa League but that is scant consolation, especially when you consider the financial gap between the two competitions.

At Anfield, Napoli knew they would be guaranteed a place in the Round of 16 if they avoided defeat, but even a 2-1 or 3-2 loss could be enough. Anything but a 1-0 defeat.

Inter Coach Luciano Spalletti says “we’ve dreamed of playing games like this” ahead of the Champions League showdown with PSV.

The Nerazzurri can qualify for the Last 16 with a win tomorrow, but only if Tottenham don’t beat Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Inter must simply better the English side’s result, as Spurs hold the head-to-head advantage with both sides on seven points.

“I think what we’ve done so far is very good,” Spalletti told InterTV.

“Because of that we have a chance to qualify from a group which we all said from the start was very hard.

Not all revolutions or successions are bloody and traumatic. The best ones are a series of tweaks alongside preservation of what the previous regime did well.

That has been the nature of Carlo Ancelotti’s six-month tenure at Napoli since replacing Maurizio Sarri.

Napoli, second in Serie A, face Liverpool in a vital match at Anfield on Tuesday.

It’s a game the Reds must win 1-0, or by a two-goal margin, and therefore is more like a final. And when it comes to finals, it’s 1-1 between the popular Italian coach and Liverpool.

Despite claiming he doesn’t miss their intense rivalry, Cristiano Ronaldo wants Lionel Messi to follow him to Italy and test his skills in Serie A.

Speaking in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Real Madrid icon said,

“I do not fear Messi, I dominated the Premier League and the La Liga. I challenge Leo Messi to come to Serie A. I hope he accepts my challenge and we battle one day in the Italian League. But if he is happy, I respect him. He is a fantastic player.””

Mario Mandzukic’s second-half header earned Juventus a 1-0 win over Inter in Friday’s Derby d’Italia, strengthening the Serie A champions’ grip on top spot in the table.

The Nerazzurri had the chance to exert pressure on the runaway leaders at Allianz Stadium but could not break down Juve as they moved 11 points clear of second-placed Napoli, who host Frosinone on Saturday.

Roberto Gagliardini had the best chance of breaking the deadlock for the visitors in a tactical battle of a first half but the Italy midfielder struck the post when he found a rare pocket of space in the Juventus box.

The Derby d’Italia is a a game drenched in history ands the bitter rivalry between two of Serie A’s greatest clubs continues on Friday night.

Juventus will be out to end hope that Inter have of challenging for the Scudetto this season. The gap between the sides already stands 11 points. A Juve win on Friday would make it an almost insurmountable chasm for Inter.

Ivan Gazidis hailed ‘a new era’ after being officially appointed as chief executive of AC Milan.

Gazidis left Arsenal in September after spending 10 years in the same role in north London.

During that time he oversaw two FA Cup wins in 2014 and 2015, as well as the departure of long-serving boss Arsene Wenger in May 2018.

Of his appointment, Gazidis said:

‘It’s a great honour to have be chosen to lead AC Milan into a new era as its chief executive.

Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi has become the first non-Juventus player to win Serie A Footballer of the Year since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2011, while Massimiliano Allegri scooped the coach’s prize for a fourth time.

Icardi finished joint top-scorer in Serie A last term alongside Ciro Immobile on 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances and helped get Inter back into the Champions League.

The Argentina international has carried that form into the current campaign as well, having netted eight times in 11 outings.

Icardi also won the best goal award for his spectacular backheel during a four-goal haul against Sampdoria last March.

When the 2018-19 fixtures were released we all pointed to December as being the month that possibly defines Inter’s season.

Well four months on from them, and we are about to see what Inter’s ambitions this season under Luciano Spalletti will be.

In December Inter will play five times in the league and once in the Champions League. The schedule looks like this:

  • Sunday Dec 2, 2018 AS Roma v Inter
  • Sunday Dec 9, 2018 Juventus v Inter
  • Tuesday Dec 11: Inter v PSV
  • Sunday Dec 16, 2018 Inter v Udinese