Brief news from Serie A ahead
of this weekend's matches:
Genoa coach Alberto Malesani has hit out at suggestions that
he has lost interest and is indifferent to his job.
"Just because I don't jump up and down on the bench or
celebrate, doesn't mean I'm not interested," Malesani told
reporters after a week of criticism of the team's performances.
"I am respectful, I don't make a fuss about what is written,
I can be pleasant or unpleasant but I'm sincere; I'm not
Ninth-placed Genoa host titleholders AC Milan on Friday.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was happy that
club president Silvio Berlusconi was going to became more
involved in the club following his resignation as Italian Prime
"In fact, he has always been the president. I hope he comes
more often to Milanello [the club headquarters] as his presence
brings something extra to the atmosphere," Allegri said.
Fiorentina playmaker Riccardo Montolivo is unlikely to leave
the club in the January transfer window despite being linked
with AC Milan and Juventus, his representative Giovanni
"At the moment, there is nothing happening and there are no
options," Montolivo told Sky Sports Italia. "The transfer
speculation is just media talk."
Fiorentina host AS Roma on Sunday.
Inter Milan can still win Serie A despite their dismal
start, Esteban Cambiasso told the club's website.
"The championship is very well balanced and that makes us
believe," Cambiasso said. "We need a few good results in a row
and we will be up among the leaders, and then another
championship will start."
Inter, who host third-placed Udinese on Saturday,
have climbed to 12th.
Unbeaten leaders Juventus will be without midfielder Andrea
Pirlo for the first time this season when they host revitalised
Cesena on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Pirlo, ever present since he joined the club
from AC Milan in the close season, is suspended.
Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze ruled out of Champions League final against Bayern Munich
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