Still attempting to climb out of Diego Maradona's shadow after 25 years in relative obscurity, Napoli appears to be on the verge of something special. The southern club was thoroughly dominant in a 4-2 win over Benfica on Wednesday, tightening its grip on Group B of the Champions League. ''It was an extraordinary match against an opponent that is more accustomed to playing in this competition,'' former Napoli forward Roberto Sosa told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi could still join Juventus in January, according to his agent, Mino Raiola. The France international had looked set for a move to Turin during the last transfer window but the move was called off, with PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi insistent that he did not want the player to leave. "[Juve sporting director] Fabio Paratici's still mad at me, but it's not my fault," he told Rai Sport.
Antonio Conte has once again cautioned his Chelsea players not to forget the ignominy of a 10th-place finish last season. Conte oversaw three consecutive Premier League wins at the start of his tenure but a 2-2 draw at Swansea City, followed by back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal leave the 2014-15 champions playing catch-up once more when they travel to Hull City on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the Hull match, he insisted past failings should spur his squad on.