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Serie A Still Im Dark Ages Over Racism

Serie A has once again show how little they care about its players being racially abused after the league decided not to punish Cagliari, after fans directed monkey chants at Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku.

In the Serie A fixture on September 1, Lukaku stepped up to score the penalty that would ensure his side a 2-1 victory and was subjected to vile abuse.

After scoring he stood still and stared at those who had make the noises but the Sardinian club have not been sanctioned.

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Jurgen Klopp has demanded Liverpool create more stories and warned his players are hungry to conquer Europe for a seventh time.

Liverpool begin their defence of the Champions League in Naples on Tuesday night and after a flying start to the domestic campaign, Klopp wants to see his players replicate their form in Italy.

Klopp quickly put Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid behind him and says his squad are focused on creating more history, with the aim of reaching the final in Istanbul next May.

Champions League Returns This Week

The first 16 games of the new UEFA Champions League campaign take place on Tuesday and Wednesday; and we take a look at some of the big games this week.

Tuesday: Napoli v Liverpool

Liverpool are still glowing after June’s UEFA Champions League final win, but will be reminded just how fragile their campaign was at one point as they return to Naples. An added-time Alisson Becker save from Arkadiusz Milik on matchday six last season limited Jürgen Klopp’s side to a 1-0 loss – and therefore made it to the round of 16 at their hosts’ expense.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivered an honest assessment of his Manchester United side after a crucial win against Leicester City. Marcus Rashford’s eighth-minute penalty eased the pressure on the Norwegian and lifted his side into the top four.

But United’s manager admitted a 1-0 was far from convincing against a Leicester side that dominated possession for long periods at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer said: “Let’s not kid ourselves, we didn’t play a great game. The first 25 minutes were fantastic, but we gradually lost control. Then towards the end we were in control.

Frank Lampard Chelsea Manager

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was thrilled with how his side adapted to a switch in formation as they coasted to a 5-2 victory over Wolves at Molineux.

The return of Antonio Rudiger after injury prompted a change to three at the back which worked brilliantly as Chelsea defended impressively and scored three times in 10 minutes just after the half-hour mark to take control.

A Tammy Abraham double added to Fikayo Tomori’s astonishing opener and Abraham completed his treble after the break.

Wolves scored twice to get back into the game, only for Mason Mount to wrap up the Blues win in injury time.

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Liverpool moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after coming from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 at Anfield and maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

Manchester City were expected to cut the Reds lead to a point by winning at Norwich, but the Champions were upset by the newly promoted side, a result that left the red side of Liverpool dreaming of their first Premier League title in 29 years.

The Champions League winners went behind to a 7th minute goal from Jetro Willems at Anfield, before Sadio Mane scored twice in the first half and Mohamed Salah as normal service was resumed.

Manchester United face a gruelling Europa League group campaign with trips to Astana and Partizan Belgrade, while last season’s runners-up Arsenal will face Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who finished sixth last season in a disappointing Premier League campaign that included Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December, have a tough schedule in Europe’s secondary competition.

They face Astana, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar in Group L, while Arsenal are in Group F and face Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Vitoria.

Good Champions League Draw For English Clubs

It is the luck of the draw, but while the likes of Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid got groups with heavyweight rivals, the Premier League’s quartet will all be happy with their outcomes.

Tottenham landed Bayern Munich, but will expect to overcome Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade, while Liverpool and Manchester City will expect to coast through as group winners and Chelsea are favoured to take Group H.

Group Predictions
Group A: PSG and Real Madrid go through

Jurgen Klopp: ‘Our Identity Is Intensity’

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They do love a slogan at Liverpool. Perfect for a manager who has a way with words and Jurgen Klopp has a cracking new motto for this season. ‘Our identity,’ he says, ‘is intensity.’

Coming to a banner on the Kop soon, where the only note of dissatisfaction among the terrace poets will be that they didn’t think of it first.

For it is the perfect encapsulation of what Klopp’s Liverpool represents. Identity. Intensity. The most obviously recognisable playing style in English football and a ferocity that exhausts opponents. Breaks them, Klopp insists.

‘Physically?’ he was asked, for clarification. ‘Yes, of course.’

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.