Serie A Liveblog: Milan-Atalanta, Cagliari-Inter, Napoli-Genoa, Bologna-Sassuolo

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games with the Scudetto, European and relegation battles colliding in BolognaSassuolo, NapoliGenoa, MilanAtalanta and CagliariInter.

We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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Spalletti: ‘Insigne creates something out of nothing’

Luciano Spalletti hails departing Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne as ‘someone who can create something out of absolutely nothing,’ the vision a coach can never prepare for.

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

This is home-town hero Insigne’s final game at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona and he saluted the fans with an emotional speech before kick-off against Genoa.

“Those like Insigne give coaches like us the solution that is written on no tactical whiteboard,” Spalletti told DAZN.

“They can bring creativity to create something out of absolutely nothing. I wish him a glorious future, he should be aware he’s had a marvellous career here.

“I asked him if he slept last night and he said, a little bit, yes.”

Insigne was not able to agree a new contract with Napoli and has signed for MLS club Toronto FC, who he’ll join from July 1.

Tearful Insigne says goodbye to Napoli: ‘We’re an enormous family’

Lorenzo Insigne fought back tears during an emotional speech to the fans ahead of his final match in a Napoli jersey at the Stadio Maradona. ‘We celebrated, suffered and at times argued, but always together, like an enormous family.’

The game against Genoa kicks off at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), you can follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

He has not been able to agree a new contract and instead is joining MLS club Toronto FC as a free agent from July 1.

His teammates fanned out in a guard of honour as he walked out onto the pitch with his two sons and was presented with commemorative gifts, a framed jersey from Dries Mertens, a painting from Kalidou Koulibaly, a trophy from President Aurelio De Laurentiis – who was booed by the fans.

“As you know, I am not good with words, but I wrote something down,” said Insigne.

“All I can say is thank you. Thank you to a city that gave me everything. I grew up here with you. We celebrated, suffered and at times argued, but always together, like an enormous family.

“I felt loved by the people of my land, of my jersey. Playing for Napoli was not just a marvellous experience, but also a huge responsibility that I accepted with love and pride.

“Any goodbye leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but this one more than others. Leaving Napoli means leaving home, knowing I will miss this and you forever.

“Over the years, we amassed unforgettable moments that I will take with me. I always gave everything I had, but the biggest game, where there are no winners or losers, is the one we played together.

“Finally, thank you to all the fans of Napoli around the world, to all the teammates who became friends I could count on. Thank you to the entire staff who took care of me from the first day. To the club that made all this possible. To those who always believed in me.

“Thank you from my heart, Forza Napoli always.”

There were banners from both the Curva A and Curva B sections of ultras.

‘Your jersey weighed more than any other, because it belonged to someone who truly loved it. You wore it with creativity, courage and dignity, as a proud son of this city.’

Another read: ‘You conquered less than you dreamed of, was often insulted and given little consideration. You will always be remembered with affection by this Curva!’

Fittingly, the get-together was concluded with a giant bear-hug from Tommy Starace, the legendary kit and coffee man who has been working for Napoli since the Diego Maradona era.

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Serie A line-ups: Napoli vs. Genoa

Lorenzo Insigne starts his final game at the Stadio Maradona in the Napoli jersey, but Genoa know a defeat here could see them relegated.

It kicks off at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), you can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

Serie A Liveblog: Milan-Atalanta, Cagliari-Inter, Napoli-Genoa, Bologna-Sassuolo

There will be emotional scenes as home-town boy Insigne says goodbye ahead of his transfer to Toronto FC and MLS.

He’ll receive a commemorative plaque from President Aurelio De Laurentiis before kick-off and is expected to give a speech after the final whistle.

Insigne is accompanied by Dries Mertens, Hirving Lozano and Victor Osimhen, with none of these players guaranteed to be at Napoli next season.

Genoa know a defeat here could mean they are relegated to Serie B, as they have an inferior head-to-head record with Salernitana.

Their only hope if they lose is for Cagliari to draw with Inter and leave it all to the final round.

They fought back to beat Juventus 2-1 with a stoppage-time Domenico Criscito penalty, making up for the one that was saved by Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero.

Nikola Maksimovic, Yayah Kallon, Stefano Sturaro, Zinho Vanheusden and Riccardo Calafiori are out of action, but Kelvin Yeboah starts upfront with support from impressive Nadiem Amiri.

Napoli: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Anguissa, Fabian Ruiz; Lozano, Mertens, Insigne; Osimhen

Genoa: Sirigu; Hefti, Bani, Ostigard, Criscito; Galdames, Badelj; Portanova, Amiri, Gudmundsson; Yeboah

Serie A Liveblog: Milan-Atalanta, Cagliari-Inter, Napoli-Genoa, Bologna-Sassuolo

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games with the Scudetto, European and relegation battles colliding in BolognaSassuolo, NapoliGenoa, MilanAtalanta and CagliariInter.

We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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How Genoa can suffer relegation this weekend

Genoa are still on the cusp of suffering relegation but safety is not impossible as they prepare for their penultimate game of the season.

The Rossoblu currently sit 19th in the Serie A table on 28 points, one behind Cagliari and two behind Salernitana. They face Napoli this afternoon in Lorenzo Insigne’s final home game, so they’ll have to overcome to odds to pick up three points against the Partenopei. Their future in Serie A is directly tied to Cagliari’s, so tonight’s match in Sardinia against Inter will also prove key.

Genoa can join Venezia in mathematical relegation today if they lose to Napoli and Cagliari either win or lose to Inter. In the first case, 17th place would be four points away, and in the second, it would only be three points away but occupied by Salernitana, who hold the head-to-head advantage.

Things would be different if Genoa lost to Napoli but Cagliari picked up a draw against Inter; in that case, a complicated situation could see all three relegation candidates finish on equal points after the final game of the season, which would see Genoa avoid suffering the drop.

A win for Genoa against Napoli obviously significantly boosts their chances of survival, so they’ll be hoping to pull off the impossible.

How Genoa can suffer relegation this weekend

Genoa are still on the cusp of suffering relegation but safety is not impossible as they prepare for their penultimate game of the season.

The Rossoblu currently sit 19th in the Serie A table on 28 points, one behind Cagliari and two behind Salernitana. They face Napoli this afternoon in Lorenzo Insigne’s final home game, so they’ll have to overcome to odds to pick up three points against the Partenopei. Their future in Serie A is directly tied to Cagliari’s, so tonight’s match in Sardinia against Inter will also prove key.

Genoa can join Venezia in mathematical relegation today if they lose to Napoli and Cagliari either win or lose to Inter. In the first case, 17th place would be four points away, and in the second, it would only be three points away but occupied by Salernitana, who hold the head-to-head advantage.

Things would be different if Genoa lost to Napoli but Cagliari picked up a draw against Inter; in that case, a complicated situation could see all three relegation candidates finish on equal points after the final game of the season, which would see Genoa avoid suffering the drop.

A win for Genoa against Napoli obviously significantly boosts their chances of survival, so they’ll be hoping to pull off the impossible.

The last tiraggiro: Insigne says goodbye to Naples

This afternoon’s match against Genoa will be Lorenzo Insigne’s last home game for Napoli, ending a career-long association with the Partenopei.

The 30-year-old Italian winger will leave the club on a free transfer next month, joining Canadian side Toronto FC in the MLS. The Euro 2020 winner has not had a campaign to remember this season, struggling to show his best following the heights of last summer. His departure has been a long time coming now, with his move to America agreed months ago, and yet emotions are still running high.

Things have never been simple for Insigne in Naples; the winger has always had a love-hate relationship with Aurelio De Laurentiis and this ultimately resulted in his failure to pen a contract renewal. This dichotomy was also shared with the fans, who both supported and jeered Insigne at different points throughout his time in the squad.

Despite the ups and downs, it’s impossible to suggest that Insigne doesn’t have both Napoli and Naples central to his heart, and it will be an emotional afternoon at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona for both him and the fans. The 30-year-old will give a speech after the match, a moment that may prove tear jerking for casual and diehard fans alike.