Prandelli sends warning to players and hopes for Cassano Euro 2012 spot

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has reiterated his position on the behaviour of players for the national team, by saying that players must respect the shirt if they want to play for the country. On the back of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sending off for slapping Salvatore Aronica in Milan’s 0-0 draw with Napoli, Prandelli refused to get involved in particular cases, but presented a warning to his players. “I won’t judge Ibrahimovic. We in the Azzurri, with our code of ethics, we are trying to promote something that should be normal. The…

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Borini delighted after Roma brace

Fabio Borini has praised the Roma performance in their 4-0 victory over Inter at the Olimpico on Sunday. The former Swansea and Chelsea player bagged a brace in the victory, with Juan and Bojan also getting on the scoresheet. “I dedicate these two goals to my family and friends who came to the stadium,” Borini told Il Messaggero. “To win 4-0 against Inter is never easy, we were almost prefect. We conceded little, we were organised and clinical up-front, the opposite of what happened with Cagliari.” The 20-year-old has now…

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Van Bommel ready for key period in Milan season

Veteran Milan midfielder Mark van Bommel has insisted his side are now facing the most important part of their season. The Rossoneri are preparing for a tough February, starting on Sunday afternoon with a home tie against Napoli. This is then followed by a midweek home clash with league leaders Juventus, an away tie with high-flying Udinese, and the Champions League tie with Arsenal. “Milan-Napoli is a key match for the Scudetto race. After the defeat to Lazio we don’t want to lose another three points,” he told Milan Channel.…

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Genoa signing Belluschi targets Europa League

Genoa’s Argentine loan signing Fernando Belluschi has been talking about his move to Italy, and backs his new side to qualify for the Europa League this season. Belluschi, 28, has signed on loan from Porto, with an option to buy at the end of the season for 3.5m Euros, or 5m Euros if the club make the Europa places. “My first days in Genova have been really nice, apart from the cold in these days – Palacio had told me that the fans were very warm here, like in Argentina.…

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Beckham states love for Milan and backs them for victory over Arsenal

David Beckham has talked on his love for Milan and Italian football in an interview the Gazzetta dello Sport, and also backed his former side in their Champions League knockout match with Arsenal. “Look, I think of Milan every day, really. I was really happy at Milanello: I love the team, the staff, all of those that work there. I love the fans. I miss Milan badly, I miss Italy… I don’t miss a game, and I don’t understand those that say that Calcio is in difficulty. It’s so competitive,…

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Mazzarri furious with referee after Napoli home draw with Cesena

Napoli Coach Walter Mazzarri was left incensed by the referring decisions in Napoli’s 0-0 draw at home to Cesena on Wednesday night. Despite having plenty of opportunities to score, Napoli were unable to make a breakthrough – five minutes from the end however, Goran Pandev slid the ball home from close-range, but Cristian Maggio, who knocked the ball down for the Macedonian, was adjudged to be offside. Replays suggested that the goal should have stood. In addition, Napoli had complaints over an offside decision in the first half on Edinson…

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Sneijder an injury worry for Inter

Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder is an injury doubt for the weekend tie against Roma, and could be out longer term according to club president Massimo Moratti. Sneijder was substituted in the 67th minute of Wednesday’s match with Palermo after picking-up a knock, and after the game Coach Claudio Ranieri told Inter Channel that it would be difficult for the Dutchman to make clash with the Giallorossi. However, Moratti, when asked by reporters this morning if Sneijder had picked-up a knock, revealed: “Does he have a little problem? I don’t know…

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Floro Flores confident following Udinese victory over Lecce

Udinese were victorious at home to Lecce 2-1 on Wednesday night, with goals from new loan signing from Juventus, Michele Pazienza, and striker Antonio Di Natale. Antonio Floro Flores, playing alongside ‘Toto’ Di Natale in attack, provided the assist for his winning strike, following on from Floro Flores’ goal at the weekend against Juventus. And the 28-year-old now hopes he and his side can continue the good form into the business end of the season: “I’m enjoying myself in this new position, I work a lot as it is a…

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Palombo and Forlan join Inter Champions League squad

Inter have submitted their Champions League list of eligible players for the second phase of the competition. Into the group come Diego Forlan, who was left out of the original list, Andrea Poli, and new signing Angelo Palombo. Out of the list go players who made a January exit, Thiago Motta, Phillip Coutinho, Jonathan and Caldirola. Inter’s next game in the Champions League is the last 16 clash with Marseille on 22nd February. Inter Champions League list for second phase: GK: Julio Cesar, Castellazzi, Orlandoni. D: Maicon, Lucio, Ranocchia, Samuel,…

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Reja delighted with Lazio victory over Milan

Lazio Coach Edy Reja was pleased with his side following their 2-0 victory over Milan at the Olimpico last night. The Biancocelesti were without star striker Miroslav Klose, but still ended up winners thanks to second-half strikes from Hernanes and Tommaso Rocchi. “We had to close space off well, as Milan are good at attacking from midfield. We played a good game, conceding little defensively. I’m very satisfied with the guys, who in an emergency have shown great determination,” Reja told Sky after the game. “We had wanted to win…

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