Liveblog: Serie A Wk19 Super Saturday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games, Roma-Spezia, Milan-Atalanta, Udinese-Inter and Fiorentina-Crotone.

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We begin at 14.00 GMT at the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma and Spezia meet for the second time in four days, as they drew 2-2 here in the Coppa Italia, the visitors winning 4-2 in extra time.

The Giallorossi had two men sent off, made too many substitutions and are imploding off the field, with numerous stars missing this game.

At 17.00 GMT, it’s a long-distance head-to-head for the Winter Champion title, as Milan need at least a point against Atalanta, while Inter visit Udinese.

The Rossoneri have Mario Mandzukic and Fikayo Tomori waiting for their debuts, but Alessio Romagnoli and Alexis Saelemaekers are suspended.

At 19.45 GMT, Fiorentina try to shrug off their 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Napoli by hosting Crotone.


Rodgers admits Eriksen could be too expensive

Brendan Rodgers said Leicester are ‘optimistic’ but admitted ‘some will be out of our price range’ amid reports of a move for Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Reports have suggested the Foxes are in contact with Inter regarding a possible move for the Denmark international.

And Rodgers confirmed Leicester are looking for an attacking midfielder but stressed some players are out of reach economically.

The reports in Italy have suggested the €300,000-a-week salary has halted the negotiations between the Nerazzurri and the Foxes.

“We are always optimistic here but there has to be a sense a reality,” Rodgers said at a press conference, according to The Mirror.

“In this window if we can bring in an attacking midfielder that would be fantastic. We have lost an attacking midfielder in Dennis Praet who is going to be out until April we think. That is a big chunk of the season.

“Ideally we would like to bring in someone who is more offensive if that player is available. But it is very difficult.

“Some will be out of our price range and we won’t be able to do it. If there is someone who can come in and support us in this period then we will look to do that.

“We can’t move away from what is our market and that is just financially the position we are in as a club. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t get very good players.”


Ronaldo: ‘Trophy gives Juve confidence’

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes Juventus winning the Supercoppa by beating Napoli 2-0 can ‘give us more confidence going into the future.’

CR7 opened the scoring and Alvaro Morata sealed it on the counter with the last kick of the game after Lorenzo Insigne had fired a penalty wide.

“We are very happy with the win, it was difficult, especially as the pitch was terrible, but we got it done,” Ronaldo told RAI Sport.

“We showed a different attitude to the bad performance against Inter. That is the past, this is a very important trophy and we hope this can give the team more confidence going into the future.”

This is the first trophy of coach Andrea Pirlo’s career, can Juve also fight back to retain the Serie A title?

“Milan and Inter are very strong, but I believe we have what it takes to win. It’s going to be very difficult, but I believe the Scudetto is still possible.”


Chiesa: ‘Trophy best Juve response’

Federico Chiesa believes facing Napoli in the Supercoppa and ‘bringing home the first trophy of the season’ is the best Juventus response.

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The fixture comes just days after their embarrassing 2-0 Serie A defeat to Inter at San Siro.

“Obviously we want to win and put in a good performance to make up for the poor showing against Inter, and I think bringing home the first trophy of the season is the best way to achieve that,” Chiesa told RAI Sport.

“It was an unusual match, one outside the norm. We lost, it was a one-off, but we are Juventus and want to resume with the same determination and grit that we had before the Inter game.”


Agent: ‘Lautaro happy at Inter’

Lautaro Martinez’s agent met with Inter directors today and assure he is ‘happy’ at the club. ‘We did not talk about the release clause.’

Beto Yaque and his staff were at the Inter headquarters in Milan this afternoon and spoke to reporters on their way out.

“It was a meeting we had planned and were unable to do because of COVID, so we had to rearrange,” said Beto Yaque.

“Lautaro is happy at Inter.”

He was asked if there were negotiations to remove or change the €110m release clause.

“We didn’t talk about it.’

The Argentina international’s contract is due to expire in June 2023, but there are advanced negotiations to extend it to June 2025.