Luis Enrique has no regrets at taking the road to Rome


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Roma manager Luis Enrique, who could have been in the running for the Barcelona job, having been their B coach until last term, is concentrating instead on the fight for European qualification as his side face Napoli this evening.

"I have never regretted coming to Roma," said Enrique after a string of awkward results have left his side seventh in Serie A. "It is a great honour to coach this team."

Third-placed Lazio, who visit Udinese (fifth) tomorrow having lost to relegation-threatened Novara in midweek, are being distracted by off-field issues. Their former striker Giuseppe Signori has lost his appeal against being banned from all football after a match-fixing scandal and president Claudio Lotito has been banned from the game for 10 months for transfer irregularities.

Second-placed Milan could give Antonio Cassano his first start since heart surgery five months ago when they visit Siena tomorrow. Leaders Juventus are without suspended Alessandro Matri for tomorrow's trip to Novara, who could be relegated if they do not win. Internazionale go to relegated Cesena tomorrow still in the hunt for third spot.