Milan: Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri says he expects a strong return to his former club Napoli on Sunday as Lazio and Roma prepare for the Serie A derby after both sides were eliminated. The Cup of the Week.
Sarri missed Juventus' home game against Napoli with a lung infection in August and Sunday's match at Stadio San Paolo will be his first since leaving the club in 2018 before moving to Chelsea. .
My relationship with Naples and the whole city has been strong, ”Sarri said, after Juve reached the Italian semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Roma. On Wednesday.
Juventus lead the table with four points, second-placed Inter Milan, but Napoli – who have finished second in Serie A over the last two seasons – are struggling in 11th place, 14 points ahead of the Champions League.
"We should not look at their position on the table," Sarri added. “They have a strong squad. They are having a hard time but they have good players.
"Three points stand out."
Napoli looga lost 4-3 last season.
But the club is the shadow eye that Sarri left in May 2018 to replace Carlos Ancelotti.
Ancelotti helped the club maintain their second-place finish last season but was replaced by Gennaro Gattuso last month.
Gattuso has lost four of his five Serie A matches under his spell in charge of the club since October 19.
But they were boosted by their ticket to the Italian Cup semi-final with a 1-0 win over Lazio this week.
"We played with hunger, a positive attitude and a positive attitude, something that we have been up to date with," Gattuso said.
"Now of course we need to keep going, and get up on the table."
Second-placed Inter Milan play sixth-placed Cagliari at home this weekend after their title challenge was canceled out.
Lazio – a record 11 successive league wins – are in third place, six points behind leaders Juventus, and two behind Inter ahead of the Rome derby.
Paulo Fonseca's AS Roma are seven points behind their arch-rivals in the Champions League final.
Both teams played a 1-1 draw in the second half of September, and last season they each won.
Lazio Simone Inzaghi of Lazio are pushing for their first title since 2000, after losing the Italian Cup, which they won last season.
The Atalanta flag, fifth, travels to Torino, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic's eighth-placed AC Milan visit Brescia on Friday looking to get closer to the Europa League.
Brescia striker Mario Balotelli will miss the match against his former club after serving a two-match ban after disputing with the referee last week.
Atalanta defender Duvan Zapata is hopeful he can complete his three goals in the drought since returning from injury.
The 28-year-old has scored six league goals in seven games before being sidelined for three months.
He is the longest-serving Sampdoria striker since scoring his first goal for Atalanta in November 2018.
50 – Atalanta's goals have scored 20 games
27 – Napoli's points against Juventus
23 – Ciro Immobile's goals for Lazio this season
12 – Ronaldo's goals in his last eight games
3 – Under Maurizio Sarri as Napoli coach
TECHNOLOGY (all times GMT)
Brescia v AC Milan (1945)
SPAL v Bologna (1400), Fiorentina v Genoa (1700), Torino v Atalanta (1945)
Inter Milan v Cagliari (1130), Hellas Verona v Lecce, Parma v Udinese, Sampdoria v Sassuolo (1400), Roma v Lazio (1700), Napoli v Juventus (1945)
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