Alex Sandro: ‘Milan are doing well, but we’re Juve’

Juventus left-back Alex Sandro said Milan ‘are doing well’ but stressed the Old Lady have ‘always been strong’ and aim to finish first again.

The Bianconeri are fourth in Serie A after 10 games, six points behind League leaders Milan, but the Brazilian said Andrea Pirlo’s men aim to ‘win every game until the end’ and finish above their rivals for the 10th consecutive time.

“Milan are doing well, but we are Juve,” Alex Sandro told Sky Sport Italia. “We have always been strong and at the end of the season we want to be first.

“If we win every game from here until the end, we will win the Scudetto.”

Milan and Juventus are the only two unbeaten teams in Serie A 2020-21 so far and the Bianconeri continue with an away trip to Genoa on Sunday. The Rossoneri host Prama the same day.

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Juventus: Morata ban reduced to one match

The FIGC has reduced Juventus forward Alvaro Morata’s ban to one match, meaning he will be available against Genoa on Sunday.

The Bianconeri striker was shown a red card at the end of the match against Benevento and suspended for two-games by the Disciplinary Commission.

Juventus’ appeal against the two-match ban has led to a reduction to one game and the Spanish forward can play against Genoa on Sunday.

A statement reveals the FIGC ‘partially accepts and, by effect, reduces the penalty of disqualification to 1 (one) effective day of competition, with a fine of €8,000’.

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Lega Serie A’s tribute to Rossi

The Lega has issued a press release with all the initiatives to remember and pay tribute to Paolo Rossi in Serie A Week 11.

This weekend will be dedicated to Paolo Rossi, who died at 64 on Wednesday, and the Lega Serie A and all the clubs will pay tribute to the former Italy international through a series of initiatives during the next round of fixtures.

Black armband: All the players will take to the pitch wearing a black armband on the left arm.

A minute’s silence: Before kick-off of each match, a minute of silence will be observed by the players and match officials, lined up around the circle in the centre of the pitch.

Image on the big screen and in the midfield circle: During the minute of silence, a commemorative image of Paolo Rossi will be projected on the giant screens of the stadiums.

And during the minute of recollection, a virtualisation of the midfield circle will be created and will show an image of the champion.

Commemorative audio clip: At the end of the minute’s silence, a historical audio clip will be broadcast inside each system that will recall the exploits of Paolo Rossi at the 1982 World Cup.

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Inter miss out on money after Euro exist

Inter’s exit from Europe is not just a heavy blow to their sporting reputation, but also financially, boosting Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta.

The Nerazzurri finished bottom of their Champions League group for the first time in their history, meaning they also missed out on a Europa League spot.

Simply reaching the Round of 16 would’ve been worth €9.5m in UEFA rewards, but they do at least pocket €50m from the group stage.

Notably, having won only one game, the bonus for performances is just €5.4m, the same as last season.

When Luciano Spalletti won two games in 2018-19, he earned €7.2m in bonuses.

Inter also miss out on their share of the market pool for TV rights, and this means the share going to Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta will be bolstered.

If Inter had reached the quarter-finals, that would’ve been worth €10.5m, then €12m for the semi-finals and €15m for the Final.

Even just participating in the Europa League, considering Inter made it to the Final last season, would’ve been a financial boon.

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Rossi dead: all the messages

Fans, teammates and friends of Paolo Rossi remember the Italy legend and Ballon d’Or winner, who died at the age of 64 last night.

The news was announced by RAI Sport presenter Enrico Varriale and confirmed by Rossi’s wife, Federica, last night.

The former Juventus, Como, Vicenza, Perugia, Milan and Hellas Verona striker retired in 1987, but it was as Italy’s hero in the 1982 World Cup that Rossi wrote his name in the history books.

Football Italia brings together the messages for the Italy legend.

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