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Matchday 24 preview, Cagliari vs. Lazio

Last place Cagliari welcome visitors Lazio on matchday 24 to the isle of Sardinia.
Cagliari adrift at bottom of Serie A on 15 points are three behind 19th place Reggina who play Juventus later today. . If the players hope to avoid relegation this season they’ll have to start winning asap. The islanders must gain 7 points on fourth from bottom Siena and pray both Reggina and 18th place Parma continue their slide down the table. Cagliari already onto their third manager of the year have just lost sporting director Nicola Salerno who was sacked only days ago by club president Massimo Cellino. Cellino has indicated he will be
putting the club up for sale but with relegation in sight I’m not sure it’s time to sell do you?

12th place Lazio are looking somewhat better than their lowly hosts and since elimination from the UEFA Cup, have been focusing entirely on domestic play. Hopefully the January signings of a true striker in Rolando Bianchi and the improved form of first XI regulars Goran Pandev and Tommaso Rocchi will help see Lazio not fall into the relegation battle they almost found themselves in back in January.

Speaking of Rocchi, the Lazio star striker has committed to a new contract indicating to his fans he wishes to be a “Lazio man for life”.

for more on the player see: Football Italia

the other big three in Serie A playing tomorrow are, Fiorentina at Roma, Inter at Sampdoria and Palermo at AC Milan

Matchday 24
Saturday February 23th
Torino – Parma
Reggina – Juventus

Sunday February 24th
AS Roma – Fiorentina
Atalanta – Siena
Cagliari – Lazio
Empoli – Catania
Livorno – Napoli
Sampdoria – Inter Milan
Udinese – Genoa
AC Milan – Palermo

Headlines from Italy
last but not least headlines from Italy on Ronaldo’s status

Gazzetta dello SportRonaldo gives up
Corriere dello SportRonaldo: ‘I don’t know if I’ll return
TuttosportRonaldo’s goodbye: ‘I’m sorry it went this way’

The Rossoneri frontman has left Pitié Salpetriere Hospital in Paris where he underwent surgery to repair a snapped left knee tendon.
The player’s physicans have warned Ronaldo will be sidelined a minimum of nine months and the player has admitted he doesn’t know if he will ever play professional football again, “I want to carry on playing and my heart is in it, but my body is giving me signs of fatigue”.

Stay tuned for a tribune to Ronaldo in the coming week.

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