Roma and Milan banned Corriere dello Sport after Thursday's headline but the newspaper's editor said: "I don't have to justify myself."
With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe finally both fit and playing in the same team, the pressure is on Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel to get his all-star attack firing on all cylinders going into the second half of the season.
Manuel Neuer says a second consecutive defeat is unthinkable for Bayern Munich on Saturday at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach, who quietly harbour aspirations of a first German title since 1977.
Zinedine Zidane pursued Paul Pogba but found Fede Valverde and his emergence as Real Madrid's most important midfielder may yet prove the turning point in their season.
Luis Suarez backed Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi to "continue for a long while yet".
Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha could be involved in a busy January window, according to the player's agent.
Ronald Koeman is focused on leading the Netherlands, not rumours linking him to Barcelona.
Former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri provided an update on his future and confirmed he will not return to management this season.