Coppa Italia Last 16 Draw Sees Juve Travel to Bologna While Napoli Face Sassuolo

?The draw for the Coppa Italia round of 16 has taken place, as the top eight Serie A sides entering the competition, with league leaders Juventus facing a trip to struggling Bologna as they endeavour to win the prestigious trophy for the fifth consecutive year. 

Juve made history when they became the only side in the history of the competition to win it four years on the bounce against Milan in May, and are looking to extend their unprecedented run of domestic dominance even further by winning the 2018/19 trophy. 

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Elsewhere, last year’s beaten finalists ?Milan will travel to Sampdoria, who overcame SPAL in the fourth round in one of five all-?Serie A clashes, while ?Napoli host Sassuolo. 

Serie B side Virtus Entella, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, will look to follow up their surprise victory over Genoa on penalties with another historic victory, as they travel to AS Roma looking to upset the odds yet again.

You can see the entire list of fixtures below.

?Bologna vs ?Juventus?
?Lazio  vs? Novara?
?Sampdoria vs? Milan?
??Inter vs? Benevento
?Napoli vs? Sassuolo?
?Torino vs? Fiorentina?
?Cagliari vs? Atalanta?
?AS Roma vs? Virtus Entella?

Ties will be played on the weekend of January 12, with two matches taking place on Monday January 14.

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Inter vs PSV Eindhoven Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Inter clash with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night, as the UEFA Champions League group stage draws to a conclusion.

The Italian club is looking to achieve progress to the round of 16 for the first time since the 2014/15 season and qualification is dependent on the result of a simultaneous match between Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.

?Inter will be knocked out of the competition if ?Spurs win at the Camp Nou, while any other result will be good enough to see them through – if they beat PSV.

As for PSV themselves, their ?Champions League campaign ends in this match regardless of the result. The Dutch side have recorded only one point in Group B and even a win over Inter won’t earn them the consolation prize of a place in the Europa League.

Check out 90min’s preview of the upcoming game below.


How to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? Tuesday 11 December?
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?20:00 (BST)
?Where Is it Played? ?San Siro
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?BT Sport ESPN
?Referee? ?Felix Zwayer

Team News

Midfielder ?Radja Nainggolan remains Inter’s only major injury concern ahead of their match against PSV Eindhoven.

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The Belgian hasn’t featured for I Nerazzurri since their last Champions League clash with Tottenham, and although Luciano Spalletti is hopeful for his return, Tuesday’s clash may come to early for the 30-year-old.

The visitors have no fresh injury concerns outside of long-term absentees Ryan Thomas and Matthias Verreth, who are both out with knee injuries.


Predicted Lineups

?Inter ?Handanovi?; Vrsaljko, Škriniar, Miranda, Asamoah; Gagliardini, Brozovi?, João Mário; Politano, Icardi, Periši?.
?PSV Eindhoven ?Zoet; Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino; Rosario, Hendrix; Lozano, Pereiro, Bergwijn; De Jong.


?Head to Head Record

This is just the fourth time Inter will meet PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, after their first group stage match this season and two other group stage fixtures during the 2007/08 campaign.

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?Inter have won all three matches against their Dutch opponents, conceding a single goal, as they scored five of their own. That PSV goal came earlier in the group stage this season, when they were beaten 2-1 by Spalletti’s men, courtesy of goals by Nainggolan and striker ?Mauro Icardi.


Recent Form

Ever since their 5-0 win over Genoa, Inter have won one of their following six matches in all competitions, recording three losses and two draws. That form has seen them yield second place in the ?Serie A to rivals ?Napoli?.

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PSV, meanwhile, enjoyed a 6-0 victory over Excelsior in the Eredivisie, recording their 14th win in 15 league matches so far to ensure their place on top of the table.

Their form in the Champions League, though, has produced contrasting fortunes, as they’ve won none of their five matches in Group B, and are thus definitely heading out of Europe following Tuesday’s match at the San Siro.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

Inter? PSV Eindhoven
?Juventus 1-0 Inter (7/12) ?PSV Eindhoven 6-0 Excelsior (7/12)
?Roma 2-2 Inter (2/12) ?Feyenoord 2-1 PSV Eindhoven (2/12)
?Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Inter (28/11) ?PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Barcelona (28/11)
?Inter 3-0 Frosinone (24/11) ?PSV Eindhoven 3-0 SC Heerenveen (24/11)
?Atalanta 4-1 Inter (11/11) ?De Graafschap 1-4 PSV Eindhoven (10/11)

Prediction

It’s a tricky position to be in, relying on results elsewhere to confirm your qualification, but? Inter are going to have to deal with that reality, as complete focus on their match against the Dutch champions is crucial to their chances of going through.

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They certainly boast a stronger side than PSV on paper and should match that on the pitch with an important win.

Prediction: Inter 2-0 PSV Eindhoven

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Picking the Best Potential Inter Lineup to Face PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday

Inter will take on PSV Eindhoven in the final group match of the UEFA Champions League campaign, where their progression depends on the result of the group’s other game – Barcelona vs. Tottenham Hotspur.

I Nerazzurri have had a mixed run of results in Europe’s grand competition this season, winning two, losing two and drawing one of their five matches thus far. They will, however, be keen to end the group stage off with a win that could see them qualify for the round of 16 for the first time since the 2014/15 season.

Here’s a look at how they could line-up on Tuesday evening.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Samir Handanovi? (GK) – 34 years old but still going strong. Inter’s number one is set to return to the lineup at the San Siro.

Šime Vrsaljko (RB) – The Croatian has only played a single game in the Champions League for his club but is in contention to make a second appearance in this vital clash against PSV.

Milan Škriniar (CB) – Škriniar is fast making a name for himself as one of Europe’s most promising centre-backs, so another solid performance in this match will do little to lower his value in the market.

Miranda (CB) – Miranda has often been preferred as Luciano Spalletti’s first choice in partnering Škriniar, so it should be no surprise to see him make his third start in the competition on Tuesday.

Kwadwo Asamoah (LB) – The versatile Asamoah has appeared in all of Inter’s Champions League matches this season and is fit to make his sixth appearance, as he seeks to help the Italian side progress to the round of 16.

2. Midfielders

Roberto Gagliardini (DM) – Gagliardini spoke with disappointment about Inter’s recent 1-0 defeat to Juventus, so the Italian will be looking for a response against PSV from both himself and his teammates.

Marcelo Brozovi? (CM) – One of Inter’s best performers in Friday’s Derby d’Italia, Brozovi? will be eager to continue his fine displays and hope that this time it’s enough to earn his side a win.

João Mário (AM) – The Portuguese midfielder is yet to make his first appearance for Inter in the Champions League, but teammate Radja Nainggolan’s struggles for fitness could pave the way for him into the lineup on Tuesday.

3. Forward

Matteo Politano (RW) – Inter’s dynamic Italian is in contention to make his 21st appearance of the season against PSV.

Mauro Icardi (CF) – Icardi will be out to add to his three Champions League goals so far, as he looks to fire Inter into the round of 16.

Ivan Periši? (LW) – Periši? has also been an ever-present in the competition for Inter and should return to make his sixth start on Tuesday.

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Arsenal Reportedly Considering £25m Mesut Ozil Exit With Inter Set for Talks This Week

?Arsenal are apparently open to the idea of offloading star man Mesut Ozil in January, with Inter set to discuss a potential transfer with the German’s agent in Italy this week.

Ozil has been absent from each of Arsenal’s last four Premier League outings, of which the Gunners have won four and drawn one, with the 29-year-old suffering with a back problem. The midfielder is being eased back into training, but there are growing concerns that he no longer has a place in Unai Emery’s setup.


?Arsenal’s Spanish head coach has revamped his system in ?Ozil’s absence in recent weeks, switching to a back three system which the German may struggle to adjust to upon his return to action. With that said, ?The Sun have reported that the Gunners may be prepared to sanction Ozil’s exit from the Emirates.

The report comes as something of a surprise, given that the Gunners handed Ozil a staggering pay rise to £350,000-a-week to commit his future to the north London side – just a year before Arsenal are now said to be considering his departure.

However, Ozil’s new contract was one of the last major deals conducted by the club as Arsene Wenger’s reign as manager drew to a close at the Emirates, and Unai Emery has made significant changes at Arsenal since then.

The Spaniard has implemented a more meticulous and ruthless regime in north London, and that is reportedly set to continue in Ozil’s case.

Arsenal are said to be open to offers of around £25m for the German superstar in January.

It is said that Ozil’s brother will be among his representatives that travel to Italy this week to hold talks over a potential deal with Serie A giants ?Inter.

Though the San Siro outfit are apparently unable to meet the midfielder’s wage demands, Ozil would see little sense in staying put at the Emirates if he is no longer first choice under Emery.


What’s more, it is suggested that Emery could be keen to generate funds from Ozil’s departure to put towards signing a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck in attack. The England striker is likely to miss the rest of the season.

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Luciano Spalletti Slams ‘Naive’ Inter After Juventus Earn 1-0 Win in Derby d’Italia

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti slammed his side’s naivety as despite Inter’s early dominance, Juventus earned a narrow 1-0 victory in the Derby d’Italia.

In a fiercely competitive first half, the Nerazzurri would have felt they had deserved to take a lead into the second half after creating a host of golden opportunities. First, Roberto Gagliardini struck the post after some excellent build-up play around the box, before Ivan Perisic’s drilled effort whistled wide of the far post.

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?Inter’s profligacy cost them dearly after the restart as the Bianconeri’s Mario Manduzkic was on hand to convert a Joao Cancelo cross with a diving header and hand ?Juventus all three points. 

Spalletti later revealed his frustrations at his side’s lack of composure in front of goal and criticised his players for struggling to be consistent in their decision-making.


Speaking to ?Sky Sport Italia, he said (as quoted by ?Goal): “If someone takes the lead, of course it makes the difference, but we made too many banal and cheap errors.

“There was one moment where we burst away and got behind their defence, but we failed to get the ball to the forwards. That can make the difference, as we struggle to be consistent for 90 minutes.”

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Spalletti added: “There is always someone who is too slow, who talks too much, who is careless and not on the same page as the others.

“Unfortunately, Juve are smart and we are naive. They have a way of wasting five minutes after a foul.”

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