Inter drew 1-1 at Lecce this afternoon, so this was a big opportunity for Maurizio Sarri’s men. Rodrigo Bentancur was still suspended, with Merih Demiral, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira injured. Cristiano Ronaldo missed the midweek Coppa Italia win over Udinese with sinusitis, but returned to partner Paulo Dybala. Parma had the chance to go into sixth place, but Gervinho, Alberto Grassi and Yann Karamoh didn’t make the trip.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could look to replace Marcus Rashford with loan signings after confirming that the Manchester United top scorer could be out for up to three months with a double stress fracture of his back.
United failed to score for the third time in six matches since the start of the year as they lost 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield in Rashford’s absence on Sunday, remaining fifth in the table and falling 30 points behind the Premier League leaders.
Confirming the severity of the injury to 19-goal Rashford, Solskjaer rued: ‘It’s just an unfortunate situation.
Antonio Conte warned Inter’s 1-1 draw with Lecce is proof that they depend on intensity. “If we go into cruise speed, we can’t bring home the points.”
“We are a team who have to go at 100km/h. If someone is below par, or off the pace, we cannot afford that and will end up drawing a game we comfortably should’ve brought home,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane has sympathy for former Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde after he was fired earlier this week after two-and-a-half years in charge at the Camp Nou. Quique Setien was appointed as his successor.
Zidane has reacted to the decision from their La Liga rivals, while also acknowledging that he is fully aware that he will come under similar pressure if results were to drop for Real Madrid.
“I’m sorry for him,” he told reporters, as quoted by Diario AS.
According to RMC Sport, Juventus are at risk of breaching Financial Fair Play parameters, as their payroll to total revenue ratio is at 71 per cent.
The calculations were made based on a leaked copy of the KPMG financial report on the eight major European league champions, showing Juve are the only ones running at a loss.
The report also suggests “the net results for the 2019-20 season will also be revised negatively.”
It is claimed the biggest problem is the breach of FFP parameters, as clubs need to keep their total payroll to revenue ratio at under 70 per cent, whereas Juve currently stand at 71 per cent.
Quique Setien admits he could not have imagined managing the club ‘in his wildest dreams’ during his presentation conference.
The 61-year-old was appointed on Monday night by the club on a two-and-a-half year contract, following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde.
Predominantly managing in the lower leagues until 2015, Setien led Las Palmas to 11th place in La Liga – their highest position in four decades – before being appointed at Real Betis in 2017.
Valverde led the club to league titles in each of his two full seasons at the helm while also leading the club to the Copa del Rey crown in his first campaign at the helm and the Spanish Supercopa the following year.
In his first season at the club, Barcelona suffered only one league defeat – and after the title had already been won, with a 5-4 loss at Levante coming just days after the club had arranged a friendly match.
Barcelona have informed boss Ernesto Valverde that he has been sacked with now just an official announcement missing.
That is according to multiple reports including from ESPN and Catalunya Radio, who claim that the Coach was told at the club’s training facilities on Monday.
Reports say that Valverde has already cleared his belongings out of the club and will now be allowed to say his goodbyes to the staff and players.
It would be the first time that Barcelona have sacked a Coach in the middle of a season since Louis Van Gaal in 2003 – when they were 20 points behind Real Sociedad, and eventually finished sixth.
Juventus are looking to win their ninth consecutive Serie A crown but find themselves locked in a battle with an Inter side that are refusing to give up.
Lukaku struck twice before Arkadiusz Milik halved the deficit, but Lautaro Martinez’s second-half effort sealed the win – yet that did not stop pundit Fabio Capello labelling Inter a counter-attacking side.
Conte took exception to the analysis and also hit back at critics of Lukaku who already has 14 goals in 18 games for his new club.