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Giorgio Chiellini

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini is facing six months on the sidelines after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in training.

The club confirmed the devastating injury for the 35-year-old late on Friday and the injury is likely to see €70million summer signing Matthijs de Ligt thrust into the action this weekend against Napoli for his debut.

It appeared Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were Maurizio Sarri’s first choice centre back pairing but De Ligt now faces an extended run in the team with Chiellini out of action until 2020.

Mercato: Roma Sign Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling AS Roma

Roma have confirmed the signing of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on a one-year loan.The Giallorossi have paid a €3million fee as part of the deal, while the former England international will wear the No 6 shirt.

Smalling told the Roma website:

“As soon as I heard the interest was there, the chance to experience a new League with a big team that has got big aspirations is what I needed. I’m lucky enough to be here now.”

New Serie A Logo

After an opening weekend filled with high-scoring games, as well as traditionally cagey affairs, week two sees last season’s top two play each other, as well as one of Italy’s most ferocious derbies.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli travel to Scudetto holders Juventus and it is currently unknown whether Maurizio Sarri will be in the dug out after taking time off due to pneumonia.

Also, the eyes of the capital will be on the Stadio Olimpico, as Lazio play Roma in the derby… and with plenty of other decent affairs, here is a look at this weekend’s fixtures in Italy’s top flight.

Mercato: Inter Finally Land Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez Inter Milan

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has finally completed his season-long loan to Inter. The loan deal does not include an obligation to buy and Manchester United will pick up €18m of Sanchez’s €23m wages.

Its a deal that has little downside for Inter. The Chile international was not first choice, Conte wanted Dzeko, but Roma were unable to sign a replacement for the striker, and Inter moved on two Plan B.

“I’m happy about his arrival because I believe he’s an important player who makes a difference to his teams,” Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti said.

Tough Champions League Draw For Serie A Clubs

The Champions League draw pits Juventus against Atletico Madrid, while Napoli face Liverpool, Inter take on Barcelona and Atalanta are in a group with Manchester City.

The 2019-20 tournament begins with the group phase on September 17-18, with games on October 1-2, October 22-23, November 5-6, November 26-27 and December 10-11.

Juventus continue their attempts to end the decades-long Champions League drought and start in a group with Atletico Madrid, who they beat 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in the Round of 16 last season.

Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow complete Juve’s Group D.

Europa League Draw Good For Italian Teams

Roma are paired with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League group stage, while Lazio have a mini group of death with Celtic and Stade Rennais.

Roma were given a bye into the group stage after Milan pulled out of the competition and Torino took their place in the playoffs.

Capitalising on their Pot 1 status, they have been drawn Monchengladbach, Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir and Austrian outfit Wolfsberger in Group J.

The Germans are back in Europe after a two-year absence, while Basaksehir bowed out of the Champions League at the third qualifying phase.

Lukaku Lights Up San Siro

Inter Milan have won the praises of Italy’s most influential papers following their emphatic Serie A opening-round victory over Lecce on Monday night.

Antonio Conte began life as Inter manager in perfect style, romping to a 4-0 win thanks to goals from Marcelo Brozovic, a beauty from Antonio Candreva and debut strikes from Stefano Sensi and Romelu Lukaku.

There is a massive wave of enthusiasm surrounding Inter’s new-look side at the moment and the whole of Italy seem to be taking note.

On Tuesday morning, Corriere dello Sport sang the praises of debutant Lukaku, who joined from Manchester United in a staggering €85m deal earlier this summer.

Juventus 2019-2020 Fixtures

Juventus will be going for a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title in 2019-20 and new coach Maurizio Sarri can begin plotting after the Old Lady’s fixtures for the new campaign.

The Bianconeri strolled to league success last term, finishing 11 points clear of Napoli after looking in control at the summit for much of the campaign.

Nevertheless, that was not enough to keep Massimiliano Allegri in the job, as the coach and Juve’s hierarchy opted to end their five-year association, with some arguing it was due to another Champions League failure.

Ancelotti: ‘Napoli Must Keep Attacking’

Carlo Ancelotti Napoli

Carlo Ancelotti is happy to take a 4-3 victory away to Fiorentina and insists Napoli can win the Scudetto by focusing on this all-attack approach.

It was a spectacular match at the Stadio Franchi, ultimately decided by Lorenzo Insigne’s two goals and two assists for Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon.

“They got the ball between the lines and we had a few bookings, so we tried to avoid more cards, particularly Mario Rui, and that made us back up in defence,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

Juventus director Fabio Paratici insists they are not chasing Mauro Icardi, are “happy Paulo Dybala is with us” and explains Joao Cancelo’s move to Manchester City.

Giorgio Chiellini’s flick from close range proved enough for Juventus to start the season with victory in Parma, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was disallowed.

Curiously, Dybala started on the bench, while Gonzalo Higuain is in the starting XI with Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira.

“Dybala on the bench has nothing to do with the bench. He is a great Number 10 for Juve, we’re happy he is with us,” the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia.