Serie A - Team news: Pazzini to partner Eto'o

Sat, 12 Feb 19:04:00 2011

Team news for this weekend's Serie A fixtures with Samuel Eto'o set to partner Giampaolo Pazzini for Internazionale's clash with Juventus.

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Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo has said his eighth-placed side must beat title-chasing Inter in Turin on Sunday.

"We want to beat Inter at all costs. It's a special game, a game which can leave you with your morale on the ground or can give you a massive boost," the Brazilian told Juventus TV.

Alessandro del Piero, close to agreeing a one-year contract extension, may again have to settle for a place on the bench for the big game with Alessandro Matri and Luca Toni both scoring in last weekend's 3-1 win at Cagliari which stopped the rot.

Inter left back Yuto Nagatomo is unlikely to make his first start for the champions in the clash with their big rivals despite Cristian Chivu's continued suspension.

Coach Leonardo put utility man Javier Zanetti at left back in last weekend's 5-3 win over AS Roma given the pressure of the encounter and the Juve match is even more hyped.

Diego Milito's thigh injury and Goran Pandev's shaky form mean Samuel Eto'o and Giampaolo Pazzini will almost certainly start up front again for Inter with Wesley Sneijder in the hole.

Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone, whose side host Bologna on Sunday, has half-denied he is planning to sell the club having let top strikers Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini leave in January.

"Rumours are flying, there are so many and they get used, elaborated and blown up by the media," he said.

Follow live text commentary on these games this week: Milan v Parma; Roma v Napoli; Palermo v Fiorentina; Brescia v Lazio; Juve v Inter

Reuters

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