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Serie A Preview: Torres Excited About Making Milan Derby

Fernando-Torres-acmFernando Torres has said that he is desperate to make his AC Milan debut on Sunday as I Rossoneri look to claim their second straight win at the start of the season away to Parma.

The Spanish striker joined Milan earlier this month on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea and is eager to play for his new club.

“I can’t wait,” Torres told www.acmilan.com.

“I really wanted to play in Serie A having experienced the Premier League and La Liga. I want to score many goals and help Milan fight for titles and qualify for European competition. I want to return to compete amongst the best.”

Torres, who sat out Milan’s 3-1 win over Lazio in their Serie A opener, is expected to start at the Ennio Tardini stadium. Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who also joined the Rossoneri on loan from Chelsea this summer, will watch from the bench.

Defending champions Juventus host Udinese on Saturday evening at nowhere near full strength. The Turin giants, who edged Chievo 1-0 in Massimiliano Allegri’s first game in charge, are without several key players, including midfielders Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo through injury.

Roma coach Rudi Garcia could rest some players in Saturday’s game at newly-promoted Empoli in view of next week’s UEFA Champions League Group E opener against CSKA Moscow. I Giallorossi are eager to make an immediate impact on Wednesday when they host the Russian giants after a three-year absence from Europe’s elite club competition.

Napoli will fancy their chances of claiming their second straight win of the campaign when they welcome Chievo to Naples on Sunday. Chievo have won just one and lost five of their eight meetings with Napoli at the San Paolo stadium.

Inter Milan go in search of their first league victory of the season against Sassuolo at the San Siro on Sunday. I Nerazzurri were held to a goalless draw at Torino in their opener.

Sampdoria are looking to halt a poor run of form when they play against Torino in Genoa, with their last league victory dating back to 27 April. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men drew 1-1 at Palermo on day one of the campaign.

Fiorentina head into their home game against Genoa on Sunday knowing they will be without the services of Giuseppe Rossi until next year. The Italian striker, who was I Viola’s top scorer last season, underwent right knee surgery last week and will be sidelined for at least four months.

Lazio take on Cesena at the Stadio Olimpico this weekend looking to hand new coach Stefano Pioli his first win. Pioli replaced Edy Reja at the helm of the Biancoceleste this summer and suffered a 3-1 loss at Milan in his first game.

In other games, Cagliari take on Atalanta in Sardinia on Sunday, while Hellas Verona host Palermo on Monday evening with all four teams going after their first win of the campaign.