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An emphatic finish from Lorenzo Insigne completed a Napoli comeback as they overcame Lazio 2-1 in Rome to give Carlo Ancelotti a debut win on his return to Serie A.

Ciro Immobile’s superb first-half finish gave the hosts a deserved lead after 25 minutes, but the visitors were jolted into action by the setback and turned the result around with strikes from Arkadiusz Milik and Insigne either side of the break.

Italy international Immobile latched onto a long ball from Francesco Acerbi, and a drop of the shoulder and swivel of the hips later, three Napoli defenders were clutching at air as the striker buried a curling left-footed finish into the far corner.

Blockbuster claims from outspoken Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who suggested on Friday that the owners of Roma and Liverpool are secretly the same.

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, De Laurentiis said “a little bird has told me a few years ago” that Pallotta is in some form of partnership with Liverpool owner John Henry.

“I always had a suspicion that the real owner of Roma is the same as Liverpool, and if this were the case, the two clubs should not be allowed to play in the Champions League,” De Laurentiis said.

Serie A clubs spent €1.14bn on the transfer market this summer, second only to the Premier League.

According to Panorama, Serie A clubs spent €1.14bn during the just closed Mercato, considerably more than the €907m from a year ago.

It is a massive leap forward, considering Serie A spent just €335m in 2014, then €608.8m in 2015 and €707.35m in 2016.

Juventus opened their wallets the most with €250m, over €100m of that going to Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo, €40m for Joao Cancelo, another €40m for Douglas Costa and €35m for Leonardo Bonucci.

Cristiano Ronaldo drew a blank as Juventus dramatically came from behind to win 3-2 at Chievo on his Serie A debut.

The Portugal captain started as the central forward for Massimiliano Allegri’s side as they got their title defence up and running.

But Ronaldo had a tough start to life as a Bianconeri star, failing to score and being denied by goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino on multiple occasions.

Sorrentino had to be substituted late in the game after a collision with Ronaldo and here we assess the €112 million man’s performance with Opta data.

The eyes of the footballing world were on Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday as the Ballon d’Or holder made his Serie A debut.

But the story almost a nightmare for Ronaldo and Juventus in Vernona as Chievo came close to registering a famous victory.

Drawing 2-1 with 10 minutes to go was not what anyone expected before the match, But as Juve laid siege to the Chievo goal in the final 10 minutes of a breathless clash the script was ready for a famous Ronaldo last-minute winner.

In a previous post we looked at the title and Champions League contenders in Serie A this season. In part two of our 2018-19 Serie A preview we look at the teams who will be challenging for a Europa League spot, as well as those expected to be in a relegation battle.

Europa League Challengers

The perennial problem for the sides scrapping for a Europa League place is that they have to sell their best or most influential players every summer.

Milan Badelj left Fiorentina for Lazio, Bryan Cristante switched Atalanta for Roma and Samp’s plucky all-rounder Lucas Torreira is an Arsenal player now.

Veteran midfielder Claudio Marchisio has left Serie A champions Juventus by mutual consent after 25 years at the club.

The 32-year-old, born and raised in Turin, made his professional debut in Serie B in 2006 after Juventus were relegated following the Calciopoli corruption scandal.

He went on to play nearly 400 times for the club at which he used to be a ball-boy in his youth, and for which his family are all season-ticket holders.

Following the confirmation of his departure, Marchisio posted an emotional goodbye to social media, featuring a picture of him as a child playing football in a Juve kit.

Serie A action is back this weekend and Juventus look stronger than ever after completing the £100 million signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer.

The Portuguese talisman’s arrival makes this season one of the most highly anticipated campaigns in Italy for years with 19 teams all looking to see if they can break Juventus’ stranglehold on the scudetto.

Ahead of the first round of fixtures, SATO looks at the title and Champions League contenders this season.

Title Winners

Inter have announced they will take legal action against La Liga chief Javier Tebas for his comments about their pursuit of Luka Modric.

The Liga President claimed the Nerazzurri “have no money to buy players but then offer a mountain of money”, before questioning the origin of the funds.

He also accused Inter of “tricks” in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Modric, as well as aiming a dig at Juventus.

Lega Serie A were the first to hit back at Tebas’s comments, releasing a statement saying:

The journey has been longer than predicted, but the real adventure for Mattia Perin is about to start. More than seven years after making his Serie A debut, Perin finally has an opportunity to become the true heir to one of the league’s greatest, in Gianluigi Buffon.

Signed by Juventus from Genoa for €12 million in the summer, the 25-year-old has a chance to live up to the “next Buffon” hype for club and country which has followed him his entire life.

Nicola Melani, who worked with him at Pistoiese’s youth team, and was gifted the shirt by the youngster after his first Serie A match for Genoa in May 2011, said: