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Lorenzo Pellegrini came off the bench and transformed Roma’s 3-1 win over Lazio with a back-heel goal, an assist and earning Aleksandar Kolarov’s free kick.

The Giallorossi beat Frosinone 4-0 on Wednesday, but were still under a lot of pressure as it was their only win since the opening weekend. Edin Dzeko returned with the 4-2-3-1 formation moving Alessandro Florenzi to a more advanced role. Lazio had won five in a row in all competition, but Stefan Radu was injured, so Martin Caceres was chosen for the defence.

There has now been only one draw between these sides since January 2015, with Roma winning seven and Lazio two.

A disappointing Champions League campaign has resulted in a €19m loss for Juventus for the 2017-18 season.

The Serie A champions released both half-year and full-year accounts, with the latter corresponding to the football season.

The first half of 2017-18 closed with a profit of €43.3m, but that was a decrease of €28.7m from the same period the previous year.

Now Exor, Juve’s holding company, has released financial statements for the full year, which show an operating loss of €62.2m.

Football clubs tend to lose money in this period, as season ticket sales and other revenues are booked at the start of the season.

Five Serie A-based players and Gianluigi Buffon have been included in the 55-man shortlist for 2017-18 FIFPro World XI.

Juventus pair Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala are recognised for their efforts in helping the Bianconeri secure another domestic double last season, while Mario Mandzukic spearheaded Croatia’s run to their first-ever World Cup Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also nominated for firing Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League, prior to joining the Old Lady over the summer.

Finally, Inter have one representative in Sime Vrsajlko, who helped Atletico Madrid win the Europa League last term and was part of the Croatia side who finished runners-up in Russia.

UEFA have confirmed the introduction of a third new European trophy by 2021/22 alongside the Champions League and Europa League. It is unknown at the moment what impact this will have on the number of Serie A sides playing in European competitions.

Andrea Agnelli, the executive of UEFA competitions committee confirmed the news on Tuesday following long-term reports that such a tournament would introduced.

“Pending approval of the UEFA ExCo, the ‘green light’ has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021/22 season,” Agnelli told assembled members, as reported by The European Club Association.

Beppe Marotta said Juventus “mustn’t hide from” their status as Champions League favourites, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence was “a personal decision.”

The Bianconeri certainly have a fascinating group, taking on Paul Pogba’s Manchester United, Spaniards Valencia and Swiss side Young Boys.

“The comments at this stage are always the same, people say it’s a simple enough group, but it always depends on us,” director Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

“From motivation to the determination we must count on to face opponents, regardless of their prestige, it’s always down to us. This is a tournament where a single result can be decisive, so we can never relax.”

Inter have themselves a problem ahead of the Champions League, and it isn’t their group.

Drawn with PSV, Tottenham and Barcelona in what looks like a very dangerous group, the Nerazzurri also have to cut down their squad list for the CL, seeing as Financial Fair Play is forcing them to register 22 players, two of which need to be academy products.

So far the squad list of non-academy players is up to 24, and even with Yann Karamoh leaving, the Beneamata needs to cut three guys. Moreover, one player who cost more than €20 million also needs to be cut.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season for the second year running.

The 33-year-old, now with Juventus, enjoyed yet another exceptional campaign for Real Madrid in 2017/18. Not only did he win a third successive UEFA Champions League title – and a record fifth overall – he also top-scored in the competition for a sixth straight season.

However, the overall award for Champions League Player of the Season went to Luka Modric a decision that did not go down well with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.

Fabio Capello believes Inter and Napoli got “very bad” Champions League draws, while Juventus are “superior” to Manchester United.

The Italian sides all had tough draws, as Juve are up against Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys, while Napoli have Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Crvena Zvezda.

Roma get Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen, while Inter are up against Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven.

“Inter really got the worst of it,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.

Roma director of sport Monchi said their Champions League draw “could’ve gone better and could’ve gone worse” as the Giallorossi will be up against Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen in the group stage.

“It could’ve gone better and could’ve gone worse,” Monchi told Sky Sport Italia.

“We have to respect all the other teams in our group. Real Madrid obviously are the reigning champions, CSKA Moscow have valuable experience and Viktoria aren’t known to many, but are still very dangerous.”

Roma reached the semi-finals last season, but have transformed their squad with numerous comings and goings this summer.

Napoli have an extremely tough group against Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade.

Following a disappointing run in the Champions League last year, the possibility of making amends is going to be a difficult, but doable, task.

Napoli have been given a very difficult group this year round, drawing PSG, Liverpool, and the returning Crvena Zvezda. PSG and Liverpool’s strength is self-explanatory, but Red Star will definitely be a tricky side in the group.

Carlo Ancelotti admits Napoli picked “a very difficult group” in the Champions League against PSG, Liverpool and Crvena Zvezda.