Italian Serie A Weekend Preview

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri believes it is “not possible” for his side to stop Inter Milan from winning the Scudetto.

The Giallorossi head into Saturday’s game against Palermo on a five-game winning steak in the domestic competition, but are still nine points behind Serie A leaders Inter.

“It’s not possible for us to win the Scudetto,” said Ranieri.

“Our aim should be to claim a Champions League spot and focus on the teams that are behind us in the standings.

“We also want to reach the Coppa Italia final and continue in the Europa League.

“Our ambitions should be those because we cannot fight against Inter.

“Even when they have an off-day, Inter step on the accelerator and put things right.

“They are just too good and we have to compliment (Inter coach Jose) Mourinho.”

Inter will be looking to bounce back from their 1-1 draw at Parma in midweek when they travel to the San Paolo to face Napoli on Sunday.

Milan trail two points behind second-placed Roma and host Udinese tomorrow desperate to clinch their first win in four games.

Sampdoria will be rooting for Inter and Roma this weekend as they attempt to leapfrog Napoli and Palermo in the standings.

The Blucerchiati take on Fiorentina in Genoa just two points behind fourth-spotted Napoli, who hold the last Champions League qualifying spot.

Juventus will be boosted by the return of Mauro Camoranesi, Zdenek Grygera, Claudio Marchisio, Hasan Salihamidzic and Mohamed Sissoko from injury for Sunday’s match against Genoa.

The Bianconeri, who lie seventh, three points behind Napoli, head into the encounter looking for their second win of the year and their first under coach Alberto Zaccheroni.

New Lazio boss Edy Reja hopes to make an immediate impact when his struggling side make the journey to Parma.

Reja replaced Davide Ballardini this week after last weekend’s defeat to Catania dropped the Romans to 18th in the standings, one point from safety.

Lazio have not won on their travels since beating Chievo 2-1 on August 30.

Bari will be aiming to clinch their second win on the road this season when they make the journey to the Sant’ Elia to face Cagliari in Sunday’s mid-table clash.

Giampiero Ventura’s side lie level on 32 points with Cagliari.

Livorno face Bologna looking to extend their advantage over the bottom three.

The Amaranto hold the last position of safety but are just one point clear of 18th-placed Lazio.

Atalanta could climb out of the relegation zone provided they beat Catania in Sicily this weekend.

The Bergamaschi are second from bottom, three points behind Sunday’s rivals.

Anything but a win at Chievo for rock-bottom Siena could prove costly for under-pressure coach Alberto Malesani.

The Tuscan outfit have not won since December 13 and their poor form has seen them drop 10 points adrift of safety.

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