Serie A league leader Inter Milan will be hoping to continue its league form in the home fixture with Catania on Saturday night.
It has been a mixed week for Jose Mourinho’s side. Last Saturday the team ran riot to win 5-0 away to Genoa, but in midweek his side was a pale shadow of itself and could only draw 2-2 with Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.
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“In Italy we go onto the field and are calmer and more relaxed,” Inter defender Davide Santon said. “In Europe we take to the field with all manner of thoughts running through our heads.
“We really have to do better, because this is a crucial year for us in the Champions League and I think that it is having some baring on our performance.”
In the last round of matches Catania recorded its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Cagliari.
In attack the diminutive pair of Takayuki Morimoto and Giuseppe Mascara are capable of causing Inter’s defense problems, if they get the chance.
So far Morimoto has scored three, whilst last season Mascara hit 12.
“Inter is extremely strong and has some world class players,” Morimoto said. “But we will do our best to win. Last week’s win against Cagliari has put the smile back on our faces after the seven previous games.
“Hopefully we can take confidence from winning those three points and play well in Milan.”
Sampdoria will aim to go back to the top and put pressure on Inter, against Bologna, in the first fixture on Saturday after slipping two points behind in the 1-1 draw with Lazio last time out.
After the game Sampdoria coach Luigi Del Neri was furious that his side had not been awarded a penalty after Modibo Diakhite appeared to foul Reto Ziegler.
Worse still Sampdoria is likely be without its leading scorer Giampaolo Pazzini who broke his nose in a collision with Lazio goalkeeper Fernando Muslera toward the end of the match.
This week Bologna reacted to having taken six points and won one match by sacking coach Giuseppe Papadopulo.
His replacement is former Bologna player Franco Colomba, who says his first aim is to get the club out of the relegation places.
“I’m here to save this squad,” Colomba said. “We have signed an agreement until June and I want to pay back (president, Francesca) Menarini’s trust.
“This is a starting point, not an end in itself, but if we do avoid relegation I would like to think I had earned the club’s trust.”
In the weekend’s other matches, it is; Atalanta vs. Parma, Bari vs. Lazio, Cagliari vs. Genoa, Fiorentina vs. Napoli, Palermo vs. Udinese, AS Roma vs. Livorno, Siena vs. Juventus and Chievo Verona vs. AC Milan.