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Inter kick off title defence against Genoa


INTER Milan will launch their bid to defend their Serie A title at home against Genoa on the weekend of August 21-22, according to the 2020/21 calendar unveiled on Wednesday.

Inter ended Juventus’s nine-year reign last season, lifting the Serie A title for the first time since 2010.

They were led to the title by Antonio Conte but next season will be coached by former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi.

Serie A runners-up AC Milan also face a Genoa club as they open at Sampdoria, while third-placed Atalanta are at Torino, who avoided relegation last campaign.

The Milan derby between Inter and AC Milan will take place on matchday 12 on November 7 with the return leg on February 6.

Juventus, who snatched the last Champions League berth on the final day last season, travel to Udinese for their opener with Massimilan­o Allegri back on the bench.

The 53-year-old led Juve to five consecutiv­e league titles and the double with the Italian Cup four times, before being sacked two years ago.

Jose Mourinho’s Roma coaching debut is at home against Fiorentina, while new Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti faces promoted Venezia, a team he coached briefly two decades ago.

Mourinho returns to Italy where he led Inter Milan to the treble – Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia – in 2010.

The Portuguese coach will come up against Inter on matchday 16 in Rome on December 5 with the return leg in the San Siro for matchday 24 on April 24.

Inter and Juventus will go head-to-head for the first time on October 24 at San Siro, with the return leg on April 3 in Turin.

The first derby between Lazio and Rome will be played on September 26.

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