Inter captain Lautaro Martinez replied to a question about his future in the pre-game presser ahead of the Champions League encounter against Real Sociedad: "“You never know in football, but I can say that I’m very happy to be here, wear the armband, and defend these colors and fans."
Roma are likely to remain undermanned for the first game of the Europa League group stage against Sheriff Tiraspol. Lorenzo Pellegrini and Chris Smalling are set to stay on the mend due to their muscular injuries, even though they practiced somewhat regularly on Tuesday.
Rudi Garcia acknowledged the subpar recent results by his team but downplayed the difficulties ahead of the Champions League clash with Real Sociedad: "“We’re fifth. We wanted to do better, but we’re only at the start of the season. In my opinion, we bungled just two halves so far."
At the Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Lazio announced their return to the Champions League for the first time in three years by hosting Atletico Madrid. The visitors thought they won the match thanks to Pablo Barrios' first-half opener. But in a surreal twist of fate, goalkeeper Ivan Provedel produced a last-second equalizer that secured a valuable point for the Aquile.
The final Champions League clash for a Serie A side this week comes in the form of Real Sociedad vs Inter on Wednesday night at Reale Arena. The Spanish outfit are playing in the Champions League for the first time since the 2013/14 season, whilst the Nerazzurri reached the final of the competition last term.
Andreazzoli will return to Empoli for a fourth time in his career, having coached them across three spells before, towards the end of the previous decade. During his first spell in charge of the club, he helped them lift the Serie B title and gained promotion to the top flight in 2019.
Inter are gearing up for their Champions League debut versus Real Sociedad, hoping to replicate last season’s run that saw them reach the final and lose to Manchester City. Despite the costly defeat, going far had major financial benefits and helped them out immensely in the transfer market.
Newcastle United held Milan to a 0-0 draw at San Siro in their first Champions League outing since 2002/23. The Italians were a far better side but couldn't capitalize on their chances.
Milan and Newcastle United shared the spoils in a dull 0-0 draw at San Siro in the opening 2023/24 Champions League Group F encounter. Despite outperforming their visitors, Rossoneri had to settle for a gut-wrenching point due to their lackluster finishing.
Roma held preliminary contacts with powerful agent Jorge Mendes to inquire about Porto’s fullback Joao Mario. They could make an attempt in January if the price was right. He’s tied to his team until 2027, and they are an expensive boutique. He emerged two seasons ago.
Braga vs Napoli is next up in Champions League action as the two sides meet at Estadio Municipal de Braga on Wednesday night in Group C. It should be an interesting group since Real Madrid and Union Berlin round it off.
Maurizio Sarri is wary of the threat Atletico Madrid are capable of producing, as the two sides prepare to meet in their maiden UCL head-to-head clash. "We have to get a result against Atletico. I don't know if this is the best time to face them."