JUVENTUS RANKED SIXTH BEST

Italian football top flight champions Juventus have been ranked the sixth best team on the European football scene for the last one decade behind the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. The rankings for the best teams on the continent was revealed by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

The period under review was from 2011 to 2020. Juventus have not had the best of seasons under former player Andrea Pirlo, who was named the new manager in the place of Maurizio Sarri at the beginning of this season. Juventus have struggled to maintain the form that saw them win the league title in the Italian football top flight for each of the past eight seasons.

CHIESA: JUVE DESERVED TO QUALIFY

Juventus forward Federico Chiesa is adamant that the Old Lady did enough to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals ahead of FC Porto.

Federico Chiesa spoke to reporters immediately after the second leg of the last 16 tie with Porto at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Federico Chiesa was visibly disappointed that Juventus didn't secure a place in the last eight of the competition. He told Sky Sports Italia that the players were determined to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

OSIMHEN RULED OUT TILL MARCH

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has been ruled out till the start of next month after suffering head trauma. The Nigerian international suffered head trauma at the weekend during the Italian Serie A clash with Atalanta.

Victor Osimhen, 22, hit his head on the turf after the collision with Atalanta player Cristian Romero. The Super Eagles of Nigeria striker was unconscious as he was rushed to the hospital. The Napoli player underwent some tests and has been cleared of any head damage afterwards. He will need to rest for some days before returning to action. To this effect, Victor Osimhen could miss the next two games for Italian football giants Napoli in all competitions.

INTER WILL DECIDE ON ERIKSEN

The future of midfielder Christian Eriksen seems to be entirely in the hands of Inter Milan, who will make a decision on the availability of the player once the January window opens. The former Tottenham midfielder has been a major flop for Inter after moving to the San Siro for around £ 17 million.

He has failed to make any impact and manager Antonio Conte has subsequently dropped him from the squad. After signing a four-year contract, Eriksen is not under a great deal of pressure to seek a move away from Inter, who have publicly stated that the midfielder may not have a future at the club.

LAZIO VS AS ROMA: PREDICTED LINEUPS

AS Roma are playing a consecutive huge game as they have been pitted against fellow league heavyweights Lazio. The game will see players from both sides clash intensely and is expected to be an eye-catching game as well.

After their hard-fought draw against second-placed team Inter Milan, Roma will be looking to build upon that by giving their best to conquer a Lazio side that are also in the running to make a strong claim in the Italian Serie A this season.

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca is expected to not make many changes to his team that faced Inter Milan as he would not want to disrupt tactics and shoot himself in the foot. He is expected to stick with the same or a very identical team that earned a well-deserved draw at home to Antonio Conte's high-flying Inter Milan side.

MILAN IN €12M FOR MIDFIELDER

Italian football top flight leaders AC Milan have reportedly made a bid for a midfielder plying his trade in Italian football in a bid to boost their title challenge between now and the rest of the season.

The Rossoneri have surprised a lot of Italian football enthusiasts with their form in the Italian Serie A this season. They are the only unbeaten team in the Italian football top flight after fifteen matches and they have a one-point lead at the top of the Italian football top flight standings.

ITALY U21 TO TAKE ON SPAIN

The draw for the under-21 Euros tournament has been concluded and teams have now known their opponents. The current holders of the title are Spain and they will be looking to defend their title by all means.

Spain have been drawn in the same group as Slovenia, Italy, and the Czech Republic as they all contain Group B. In Group A, Germany and the Netherlands have been drawn alongside Hungary and Romania.

Occupying the Group C slots are Iceland, Russia, Denmark, and France. While for Group D, Portugal will lock horns with the likes of England, Switzerland, and Croatia. All the teams will be looking to stretch their capabilities and bank on their abilities to see if they can go as far as winning the tournament.

FABREGAS REVEALS ITALIAN FOOTBALL OFFERS

Premier League legend Cesc Fabregas could have been playing in Italian football rather than in the French Ligue 1 after the Spaniard revealed that he had two offers from the clubs in Italian football before he made the decision to leave the Premier League for France at the start of last year. Fabregas talked about Italian football clubs during an exclusive interview with Italian football news portal Tuttosport.

Fabregas, 33, could have been playing in the Italian Serie A if he opted for Italy ahead of France. According to him, he spoke to both AC Milan and Napoli before signing for French giants AS Monaco.

MAROTTA: ERIKSEN CAN LEAVE

Inter Milan chief executive officer Beppe Marotta has admitted that midfielder Christian Eriksen will not be tied down to the club from January. He says that the midfielder can leave the San Siro if required.

The Denmark international came to the club only in last January on a free transfer from Tottenham. He was seen as the player who can bring a creative spark to the Italian outfit and help challenge for the league title. This, however, has to be the case since the form experienced by the midfielder has been quiet poor and this has resulted in the loss of a first-team spot.

Antonio Conte does appear to have given up on the midfielder. The manager recently said that Christian Eriksen had been given a lot of opportunities without making an impression and it is unlikely that he would receive more such options in the first-team.

NAPOLI QUARTET SET TO MISS GAME

As many as four players could be missing for Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso ahead of their league meeting with league leaders AC Milan this weekend. Gattuso has been able to mastermind a decent start for Napoli in the Italian top flight this season and the upcoming test will be determine their status as far as the league title is concerned.

AC Milan are one of the three unbeaten teams in the division after the first seven league games of the season. The Rossoneri have been the early pacesetters in the Italian Serie A with a two-point lead from Sassuolo in second place on the league standings, while Napoli are further back by a point in third place. Apart from Milan, Sassuolo and defending champions Juventus are the only unbeaten teams in the league.

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