Andrea Stamaccioni has described Inter Milan's 3-1 defeat to Siena as ugly, saying he is putting on a "brave face" but believes i Nerazzurri are still in the hunt for Serie A success.
Napoli moved to within three points of league leaders Juventus with a 2-1 win at Parma, while Inter Milan fought back to share the spoils with Torino in a full day of Serie A action.
Rodrigo Palacio was given a unique experience during Inter Milan's 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Verona, as the Argentinian playmaker went between the sticks for the last 15 minutes, and was pleased with his contribution.
This week's run-down of the upcoming birthdays across planet football includes Pele, turning 71, Wayne Rooney in the aftermath of the of Manchester derby and Robert Pires still looking to continue his career at 38.
Inter Milan's winless start to the season has continued with newly-promoted Novara winning 3-1 at home to leave last year's European champions just a point from the relegation zone.
Romania captain Cristian Chivu has ended his international career, explaining that age and recent injuries prevent him from playing for both Inter Milan and the national team.