Catania vow not to sell

Catania face Roma with Sergio Gasparin well aware they must keep their star men to maintain their push for Europe.

Last Updated: 12/01/13 at 10:57

Francesco Lodi: AC Milan target

Francesco Lodi: AC Milan target

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Catania sporting director Sergio Gasparin knows the club must hold on to their best players if they are to maintain an unlikely push for Europe.

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed having a bid rejected for Catania's influential midfielder Francesco Lodi, with goalkeeper Mariano Andujar and attacking midfielder Alejandro Lopez also highly fancied on the mainland.

Catania head coach Rolando Maran needs to iron out a consistent run of results if the Elefanti are to consolidate a top-half finish, and Gasparin hopes more even-handed treatment from the officials will help the cause.

He told the Corriere dello Sport: "I won't name the clubs that are after our players, like Lodi, I will only say definitively that none of our best players will leave in January. Not Lodi, not any important player.

"It wasn't a good first half of the season for us in terms of refereeing decisions. In the Juventus game, and against Pescara and Inter Milan, we fell foul of childish errors from referees."

The reverse fixture proved to be one of the most exciting games of the first half of the season, with Roma coming from behind twice to salvage a point through Nico Lopez's last-gasp equaliser, although there were suspicions of offside.

"We will not be the favourites," Gasparin added. "All I want is for everyone to be talking about football and not the referees at the end of the game, that's what they get paid for.

"Roma are a product of their coach's preferred style of play. They exploit the channels and are excellent going forward. Roma are a fine team that must be faced with extreme caution."

Returning to the subject of Lodi, who is suspended, he added: "He is one of our more high-profile players but we have put a balanced squad together that can cope without certain elements. I reckon (Sergio) Almiron could play in the middle as a solution but Maran knows what he is doing."

Roma were last seen attempting to breach the Champions League places in 2012 but Zdenek Zeman's ambitions took a serious blow in the first match of the new year.

A masterclass from Napoli's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani sent the capital club home with nothing to show for themselves on the back of a 4-1 defeat, but the Giallorossi are in sixth place and still within reach of the chasing pack.

Striker Pablo Osvaldo will not feature at the Stadio Angelo Massimino after bruising his leg against Napoli, with midfielder Miralem Pjanic serving a one-match suspension.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Serie A Fixtures

Sunday, 26 October 2014
14:00
Chievo v Genoa  
Juventus v Palermo  
Udinese v Atalanta  
17:00
Cesena v Inter  
Lazio v Torino  
Napoli v Verona  
19:45
AC Milan v Fiorentina  
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Sassuolo v Empoli  
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Atalanta v Napoli  
Cagliari v AC Milan  

Italian Serie A

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Juventus 7 11 19
2 Roma 8 10 19
3 Sampdoria 8 5 16
4 AC Milan 7 6 14
5 Udinese 7 3 13
6 Lazio 7 6 12
7 Napoli 7 1 11
8 Verona 7 -1 11
9 Fiorentina 7 0 9
10 Genoa 7 0 9
11 Inter 7 3 9
12 Torino 7 -2 8
13 Cagliari 8 2 8
14 Empoli 8 -4 7
15 Atalanta 7 -5 7
16 Sassuolo 8 -7 7
17 Palermo 7 -7 6
18 Cesena 7 -6 6
19 Chievo 7 -7 4
20 Parma 8 -10 3

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property