Ju­ven­tus, Napoli seek lift

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­LAN: Bat­tered Ital­ian heavy­weights Ju­ven­tus and Napoli turn their fo­cus back to the home com­forts of Serie A this weekend after open­ing-round flops in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Ju­ven­tus fell 3-0 in Barcelona with Napoli suf­fer­ing a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

Roma’s goal­less draw to Atletico Madrid left Serie A sides with just one point be­tween them from the first round of games in the elite Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion.

Six-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus, Napoli and In­ter Mi­lan are all un­beaten in Serie A this sea­son with a max­i­mum nine points from three games.

And the trio look set to add an­other three points to their tally as Ju­ven­tus travel to strug­gling Sas­suolo; In­ter visit lowly Cro­tone and Napoli host tailen­ders Ben­evento.

Roma — last sea­son’s run­ner­sup — re­turn to do­mes­tic duty at home against Verona after last week’s trip to Sam­p­do­ria was post­poned due to tor­ren­tial rain in Genoa.

Italy are rid­ing high though in Europa League with Ata­lanta, AC Mi­lan and Lazio all se­cur­ing wins in the first round of group games.

Ata­lanta — re­turn­ing to Europe after a 26-year ab­sence — romped past English side Everton 3-0 and next travel to Verona club Chievo.

An­dre Silva hit a hat-trick for Mi­lan in a 5-1 vic­tory at Aus­tria Vi­enna to calm nerves after a 4-1 loss last week against Lazio.

The Chi­nese-owned Mi­lan club next host mid-ta­ble Udi­nese.

Lazio earned a 3-2 come-frombe­hind win over Dutch side Vitesse Arn­hem and next play at Genoa.

Fiorentina want to build on their 5-0 win over Verona against Bologna on Satur­day ahead of a mid­week trip to Ju­ven­tus in Turin fol­lowed by Ata­lanta the fol­low­ing weekend.

Torino, who are fifth, take on Sam­p­do­ria on Sun­day with pro­moted SPAL host­ing Cagliari. AFP

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Paris Saint-Ger­main’s Ney­mar (right) cel­e­brates with team­mates Kylian Mbappe (left) and Edin­son Ca­vani after scor­ing the open­ing goal of their UEFA Cham­pi­ons League match against Celtic on Tues­day.

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