Juventus conquered Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo for the first time in 14 years after their 3-1 win last night. Fourth placed Napoli came into this game full of confidence after their Super Cup win over Juventus in December along with an impressive away win at Cesena. New signing Manolo Gabbiadini was on the bench while Lorenzo Insigne, Michu, Juan Zuniga and Faouzi Ghoulam were all unavailable. Stephan Lichtsteiner had an ankle problem so Martin Caceres got his first start in over three months. Andrea Barzagli, Kwadwo Asamoah and Romulo were all sidelined. The home side sat back to invite Juventus pressure with the aim of hitting them on the counter. Summer signing Jonathan de Guzman should have given Napoli the lead when a Marek Hamsik pass was deflected onto his path by Giorgio Chiellini but he ballooned over from 12 yards. The deadlock was broken by a moment of magic from Frenchman Paul Pogba whose spectacular volley from […]

Arsene Wenger is after Serie A duo Mattia Destro and Marek Hamsik. English meida claim Arsenal have revived their interest in Romaai??i??s Mattia Destro while they are also weighing up a move for Napoli captain Marek Hamsik.Metro suggests that strike duo Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell could be sacrificed to provide the funds for an expensive winter outlay. Arsene Wenger had already been linked with Destro many times in recent months, but the latest results are prompting a rethink. Destro, 23, is thought to be valued at 15 million pounds by Roma, though talks are reportedly already underway, with the striker repeatedly making references to his future lying away from Rome in recent months. As for Hamsik, 27, the paper reports Rafa Benitez could be tempted to let the playmaker leave Napoli for the right fee as he seeks to shuffle his pack. He was dropped on Sunday night for the crucial game against AC Milan. The former Siena striker […]

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has fuelled exit talks by admitting he misses his family in Liverpool. The Spaniard guided Liverpool to the 2005 Champions League title and 2007 final during his six years at Anfield. Benitez also deserves credit for restructuring the academy with youngsters like Raheem Sterling and Suso who have been added to the first team recently by Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool fans still remember his achievements fondly and respect his legacy. Benitez himself appreciates the love and has admitted he wanted to return as a manager one day to Liverpool. Currently with Italian club Napoli, his contractual situation has been the source of constant speculation as it expires this summer. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Benitez refused to make his intentions clear. “My family are away from me, my wife and two daughters live in Liverpool. Itai??i??s the first time I havenai??i??t had them with me, itai??i??s not easy.” “De Laurentiis knows how important my family […]