Inter Milan’s Belgian ahead Romelu Lukaku (L) reacts on the finish of the Italian Serie A soccer match Lazio Rome vs Inter Milan on February 16, 2020 on the Olympic stadium in Rome.
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Antonio Conte warned Inter Milan have to bounce again from current setbacks towards Sampdoria on Saturday to maintain tempo with main duo Juventus and Lazio, earlier than their conflict with the Serie A champions in Turin subsequent week.
Inter dropped from first to 3rd, three factors behind champions Juventus, after shedding 2-1 to second-placed Lazio final weekend, following an Italian Cup defeat to Napoli.
“It was a painful result,” mentioned Conte of the loss in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
“We’ve now got back up with the desire to bounce back and move forward.”
Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria are 17th, only one level above the relegation zone, and misplaced the reverse fixture in Genoa Three-1 in September.
Juventus can open up a six-point hole on Conte’s facet with a win at all-time low SPAL, earlier than internet hosting Inter of their Allianz Stadium on March 1.
Lazio are only one level behind Juventus as they chase their first Scudetto since 2000, and may push their unbeaten run to 20 video games at third-from-bottom Genoa.
Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus have misplaced their final two away matches and wish a win towards SPAL earlier than their Champions League final 16, first leg journey to French membership Lyon.
However regardless of their low rating SPAL have shocked each Lazio and Atalanta this season.
Sarri may relaxation goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny earlier than their European sport permitting veteran Gianluigi Buffon to line out for a file 648 Serie A video games.
Napoli journey to Brescia earlier than internet hosting Barcelona within the Champions League subsequent week of their Stadio San Paolo.
Gennaro Gattuso’s facet have moved as much as ninth, two factors off the Europa League berths, after three wins of their final 4 video games.
Within the race for Champions League locations, Atalanta are fourth, six factors forward of Roma, with the facet from Bergamo internet hosting Sassuolo on a excessive after their beautiful Four-1 European win over Valencia.
Roma, in fifth, have earned simply 4 factors from seven video games, and desperately want a end result at residence towards lowly Lecce.
“Not many people think we can qualify (for the Champions League) via the league but we still believe it’s possible,” mentioned coach Paulo Fonseca.
“Proper now crucial factor is that we get again to enjoying the way in which we have been earlier than, with out including any kind of strain.
“We should regain our swagger and imagine.”
Hellas Verona, in sixth, occupy the ultimate Europa League berth, 4 factors behind the facet from the capital and equal on 35 factors with Parma and AC Milan.
Verona host Cagliari, who’ve misplaced momentum and slipped to 11th, after a ten-match winless run going again to early December.
AC Milan journey to 13th-placed Fiorentina, as Torino, just under the Tuscans, host Parma making an attempt to keep away from a sixth consecutive defeat.
One to observe
Former Eintracht Frankfurt ahead Ante Rebic has burst via with six objectives in AC Milan’s final seven video games in all competitions.
The 21-year-old joined the seven-time European champions on mortgage final September, however has solely performed 13 video games, and scored for the primary time with a brace towards Udinese on January 9.
The arrival of his childhood idol Zlatan Ibrahimovic final month has boosted confidence within the workforce, mentioned the Croatian worldwide.
647 – Gianluigi Buffon’s matches in Serie A, one wanting the all-time file
42 – Factors between leaders Juventus and backside membership SPAL
10 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s successive video games scoring streak
Three – Roma’s shedding run
Fixtures (all instances GMT)
Brescia v Napoli (1945)
Bologna v Udinese (1400), SPAL v Juventus (1700), Fiorentina v AC Milan (1945)
Genoa v Lazio (1130GMT), Atalanta v Sassuolo, Hellas Verona v Cagliari, Torino v Parma (all 1400), AS Roma v Lecce (1700), Inter Milan v Sampdoria (1945).