Simone Pepe scored a vital goal for Juventus, as they managed to beat Lazio 1-0 to go top of the table. The important victory gives a much-needed breathing space for Juventus between them and Lazio.

Lazio were seen as one of the sides expected to challenge Juventus at the top of the table, but this defeat now means that they are three points behind Juventus having played a game more, effectively putting them six points behind Juventus - which is a massive difference to make up going into the rest of the season.

Fresh from being on tour with Brazil's national team, Hernanes is keen to make sure he makes as big an impression on Serie A as he did do in the Brazilian league.

Now on his second season in Italian football, Hernanes reckons that Lazio have a chance to winning Lo Scudetto, and that the Bianocelesti are genuine title-challengers.

Lazio are interested in signing Djibril Cisse from Marseille in a highly anticipated move. Cisse is under contract until the summer of 2013, but he is reported to be one of the highest earners and Panathinaikos are willing to listen to offers.

Lazio are interested, however, they would only have room if the likes of rumoured Parma target Sergio Floccari were to leave Rome.

"He will only arrive if one of our strikers leaves," Lazio president Claudio Lotito told Corriere dello Sport.

Cana is high on the list for Lazio and they would be interested in signing him in the summer, according to the Free Football Bet website. The 27-year-old midfielder has been starring for Galatasaray this season following his summer move from Sunderland to Turkey.

Lazio tried to sign him in January, when Aston Villa, Fulham and Bolton were also linked.

Now Lazio have returned and are confident they will get their man.

Lazio are reportedly interested in signing Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez in the summer and are keeping close tabs on him.

The £10million-rated winger has impressed for the Magpies since joining the club in 2008 and according to IMScouting, the Serie A side are preparing to make a bid for the Argentina international.

Lazio chief Claudio Lotito is reportedly a big fan of the 28-year-old and is keen on luring him to Rome when the transfer windows opens again in the summer.

Lazio have won their first victory away from home since October. Goals either side of halftime from forwards Alvaro Gonzalez and Libor Kozak kept Lazio in third spot, seven points behind leaders AC Milan who won on Saturday.

A double from Antonio Di Natale, his 17th and 18th of the season, helped Udinese triumph 3-0 at Cesena to go fifth while there were convincing home wins for Cagliari and Sampdoria, 4-1 and 3-1 over Chievo Verona and Bologna respectively.

Lazio and the Napoli are reportedly discussing deals to swap players in the January transfer window deadline. Lazio President Claudio Lotito is hoping to receive a concrete offer in order to see the deal occur. He stated that the teams are looking for a solution to the benefit of all parties: “We are ready to make the players happy.”

Both sides are eyeing a spot in the Champions League for season 2011/12 and are looking to strengthen in required areas. Both teams are currently tied in second spot, seven points behind leaders Milan though Napoli do have a game in hand.

David Trezeguet's proposed move to Lazio is very unlikely to take place after recent revelations. The Aquile have been linked with the 33-year-old hitman, who seems destined to leave the Alicante-based club as they are reportedly having problems paying player wages.

However, Caliendo is open to a return, but made it clear heading to Lazio would be a complicated issue.

"I don't exclude an Italian return, but I don't feel it is possible for him to join Lazio," the agent told

Lazio president Lotito has once again insisted that nothing has been agreed with Man City to sign striker Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is said to be putting the final touches on a loan move to the Rome club.

But Lotito insisted last night: "I've taken note of the player's desire to join the club on a temporary basis, but the talks are continuing and growing.

"We are aware and we believe something could be done. "

The Juventus coach Del Neri has played down the importance of the match between Lazio and Juventus. Lazio and Juventus occupy third and fourth place respectively in Serie A - with the former three points ahead of their Sunday opponents.

The Romans have been in a rich vein of form this season with a 3-1 win over Inter Milan last weekend ample evidence of their potential. While pundits are casting their clash with the Bianconeri a pivotal point in the season, Juve coach Del Neri does not think so.


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