Conte praises Juve players
Antonio Conte has reminded his team's doubters that Juventus have yet to lose this season.
The Turin giants go into Sunday's game at Genoa on the back of a midweek 1-1 draw against Bologna. The result was Juve's fifth draw in their last six league games and left Conte's side two points adrift of league leaders AC Milan.
"I can only compliment my players because they are working so hard," Conte said. "My players are to be praised because they hate to lose. Against Bologna we played a great game and we deserved the win. But we cannot forget that no one has yet come out triumphant against us."
Massimiliano Allegri's AC Milan go into Sunday's match against Lecce looking to put behind them their 3-0 Champions League midweek defeat at Arsenal. Despite their dismal performance in London, I Rossoneri still progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition 4-3 on aggregate.
Lazio host Bologna on Sunday on a high after last weekend's 2-1 derby triumph over Roma. The result followed their 1-0 victory over Fiorentina and lifted the Biancoceleste to third place, two points clear of Udinese.
Udinese are in the Piedmont region this weekend and will face a Novara side that lost 1-0 at Bologna last time out. The result led to the sacking of Novara coach Emiliano Mondonico after just 37 days in charge. Novara, who are 19th in the standings, 12 points below safety, have reinstated former coach Attilio Tesser.
Napoli will take on Chelsea in London in the Champions League next week. Before that, Walter Mazzarri's men will look to keep up their impressive league form with victory against Cagliari on Friday. Napoli have won their last four league games. Roma conceded their first defeat at home since October in last weekend's 2-1 loss to Lazio in the city derby, and I Giallorossi will look to make amends with victory at Palermo on Saturday.
Pressure is building on Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri, whose team's midweek 2-2 result against Catania left them winless in nine games in all competitions. Inter, who are seventh and 11 points behind the last Champions League qualifying spot, play at Chievo tomorrow.
Siena are looking to improve their away form when they square off against bottom side Cesena at the Dino Manuzzi stadium. The Tuscan outfit has won just two games on the road this season. Fiorentina have won just once on the road this season and travel to Catania on Sunday.
Atalanta are unbeaten in five league games and host a Parma side five places but just two points behind them in the standings.