Allegri wants focus as chasers close in
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has told his players to hold their nerve and focus on themselves rather than others.
The Serie A leaders head into Sunday's game against Cesena on the back of draws against Udinese and Lecce. Allegri said: "We have to be less nervous. Nerves should not be there because we are first in the standings. Had someone told me at the beginning of the campaign that we would hold a four-point lead at the top of the standings in January, I would have signed for that immediately."
Milan have collected just one win in their last four league games but Allegri insists there is no cause for his team to be alarmed. "It's normal that you can go through stages where you don't win and your direct rivals take advantage," he said. "We must think of ourselves regardless of what Inter Milan, Roma, Napoli and Juventus do."
Napoli are joint-second in Serie A, level on 37 points with Lazio, and travel to rock-bottom Bari on Sunday. Walter Mazzarri's Napoli eliminated Bologna in midweek to reach the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.
Lazio, meanwhile, will focus their attention on Serie A after their painful cup elimination at the hands of city rivals Roma. I Biancoceleste lost 2-1 last night and visit Bologna this weekend desperate to claim their first win on the road since 31 October.
Leonardo's Inter square off against Udinese at the Stadio Friuli looking to cut their six-point gap with AC Milan. Yesterday's 3-2 triumph over Cesena was Inter's fourth straight league victory. Inter are joint-fourth, level on 35 points with Roma.
Roma will be bolstered by the return of captain Francesco Totti from suspension when they host Cagliari. Totti missed Roma's midweek triumph over Lazio but is expected to start against the Sardinian outfit.
Juventus travel to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris with the task of ending Sampdoria's seven-match unbeaten home run. The Turin giants lie sixth in the standings, eight points clear of Samp.
Fiorentina look for six in a row
Antonio Floro Flores will make his debut for Genoa in Sunday's clash at Chievo. The Italian striker joined I Grifoni on loan from Udinese until the end of the season.
Fiorentina look to make it six home wins in a row when they host Lecce this weekend. La Viola cannot afford any setbacks in Tuscany considering their dismal form away from home. They have collected just five points on their travels this season.
New Catania coach Diego Simeone will be hoping to make an immediate impact when his team visit Parma on Saturday. Simeone replaced Marco Giampaolo this week with Catania having lost four of their last six games.
A win at Palermo could see relegation-threatened Brescia climb out of the drop zone provided other results go their way. Brescia lie second-bottom, just one point behind Cesena, who hold the last position of safety.