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Juventus rises to Serie A summit as Napoli draws with Inter Milan

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Juventus rose to the top of Serie A after Napoli were forced to a goalless draw against Inter Milan at San Siro.

Forward Paulo Dybala, who scored in Juventus’s midweek win over Tottenham, curled home a superb first-half free kick before slotting in a second just after the break from Gonzalo Higuain’s ball.

However, Higuain also missed a penalty after Dybala had been fouled.

“After the drama of Wednesday night, there was a risk that we might have gone into this match too relaxed,” Dybala said. “Instead we showed character and experience to seal all three points.”

“I’m happy to have helped the team with my goals. We’re putting pressure on our rivals and we keep moving forwards. It all depends on us now.”

Previously, Napoli had led the table by a point on Sunday morning but were deposed when Juve defeated Udinese 2-0 in the afternoon, and after they missed out on three points from their evening trip to Milan that would have restored their status as front-runners for the Scudetto.

The Azzurri could even be as far as four points adrift of Juve should the Bianconeri make the most of their game in hand against Atalanta, which takes place in Turin on Wednesday night.

Nonetheless, Napoli had started well against Inter, and the Milan team found themselves packed into their own half until the half-hour mark, although Antonio Candreva managed to send a drive inches wide of Jose Reina’s post.

Things were more even after the restart, with Slovakian centre-back Skriniar headed against the Napoli bar as Lorenzo Insigne curling the ball just off target.

The latter was also unfortunate when trying and failing to net with a volleyed swipe of Dries Mertens’ clever assist, while mistake by Napoli allowed Mauro Icardi to snaffle the ball and take aim but Reina stood firm to collect.

Inter, however, missed out on a last opportunity to score in the 86th minute when Joao Cancelo swung a free-kick into a packed Napoli box. However, Reina punched clear with confidence and the points were shared.

Inter Milan to recruit Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge on loan

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Inter Milan are the forerunners to recruit Daniel Sturridge on loan this month after making a formal proposal to secure the forward until the end of the season.

The Milan club has reportedly submitted a “serious” proposal to sign the 28-year-old until the end of the season, which includes a substantial loan fee, the full assumption of his salary and as well as a buying option.

Inter have also made it quite clear in their professional handling of matters that they are resolute in securing Sturridge’s services, which has encouraged the forward.

However, Sevilla has also put forth an enquiry regarding Sturridge’s availability but their interest is affected by their pursuit of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.

While there were indications that 24-year-old had seemed certain to switch to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the rest of the campaign, but the London club’s difficulty in the transfer market is hampering that move .

While Blues boss Antonio Conte would want to bring in striker Andy Carroll before letting the Belgium international level, the West Ham player has suffered an ankle injury which complicates any attempt for a move.

Sturridge has been handed just five starts for Liverpool this season, and following a muscle issue as well as illness he has not featured in a matchday squad since the Reds won 7-0 over Spartak Moscow on December 6.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City player is desperate to secure regular minutes in order to make England’s World Cup squad, with West Ham and Southampton also monitoring his situation.

Liverpool, initially unwilling to allow a loan move for Sturridge, placed a £30 million valuation on the marksman. However, this could change after having only received approaches over a temporary arrangement thus far, as the Merseysiders are looking to settle on the best deal for the club and player before the window closes.

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti defends players amid winless run

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Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti has came to the defense of his players after Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Roma extended the Milan club’s winless run.

Roma led just past the half-hour mark at San Siro, Stephan El Shaarawy pouncing on a Davide Santon error after the full-back badly misjudged a long kick from goalkeeper Alisson.

It was thanks to Matias Vecino’s late header that Roma only snatched a point for slumping Inter, whose streak without a victory extended to six matches in Serie A.

The result also left Inter fourth and 11 points behind leaders Napoli, with Spalletti left defending Santon and the Nerazzurri.

“Santon doesn’t have to apologise to anyone. It’s easy when you’re sitting on your comfy sofa, quite another when running for 90 minutes alongside El Shaarawy,” Spalletti said.

“He’s a good lad, he trains well and mistakes can happen, especially on a ball that came that far. Nobody else helped him on that either, so it’s not as if he was alone. He has no reason to apologise.”

“The real issue here is that we are Inter and we must have the courage to fight it out with sides like Roma, Lazio and Napoli for a top-four finish. We have to take responsibility and make things happen. We can’t just wait for the train to go past and grab it. I won’t see us timorous or apologetic.”

“Samir Handanovic didn’t make the saves that Alisson did, so we played well. We made some errors in the quick passing and knew that Roma would be aggressive in their pressing game.”

“We practise these things in training, but if they don’t come off in a match situation, that will inevitably damage self-esteem. We have to work on what we are and what we do best, not losing the ball cheaply.”

AC Milan keen to stay at San Siro despite mayor comments

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AC Milan has insisted they have no desire to leave San Siro after the city’s mayor Giuseppe Sala raised the possibility of building a new stadium.

San Siro — with a capacity of just over 80,000 — is home to Serie A rivals Milan and Inter, with the Rossoneri based at the iconic Italian stadium since 1926 and their co-tenants sharing the pitch since 1947.

While talk of a move away from the stadium erupted on Tuesday when Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala claimed Gennaro Gattuso’s side were considering their own stadium.Milan swiftly denied those reports.

In a statement posted on the club’s official accounts, Milan said:“In relation to the statements released by the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, who stated that AC Milan has expressed the will to think about having their own stadium and that the City Council would have given the club time to consider alternative areas of the cities, estimating in two to three months the time-frame to find a summary of options, AC Milan states that the Club has never expressed the desire to leave San Siro.”

Sala has since responded via Twitter, saying: “I note Milan’s statement on San Siro. Let’s just make this simple: I think that for Milan, for the fans and the tourists, the stadium needs to be modernised.”

“When will Milan be able to tell me if they are available or not to invest along with us in our stadium? Let it be clear, the invite also goes out to Inter, because this is the stadium of Milanese people.”

Inter — third in Serie A and 14 points above 11th-placed Milan — also weighed in by replying to Sala’s tweet.

“Dear Sala, as you might recall, we invested time and resources in the stadium of Milanese people. Our plans have been clear to everyone and have not changed for 18 months,” Inter said on Twitter.

“We await a round table discussion with all the actors involved to speak about this with clarity.”