Rafael Leao believes Milan are on the right route to win the UEFA Champions League, having reached the tournament’s semi-final last season. For the Portuguese, who was also linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, winning the continental tournament is worth more than a bumper salary.
Edin Dzeko believes the Nerazzurri diverted all their attention to the UEFA Champions League last season instead of Serie A. While Inzaghi’s Inter were left undone by Manchester City in the final, Napoli bulldozed their way enroute a historic Scudetto title after 33 years, leaving no chance for other sides.
Although Pavard didn’t get to the best of starts, he eventually grew into the match and ultimately retrieved the ball that culminated in Lautaro Martinez’s 87th minute equaliser. He expressed his satisfaction at making his maiden Nerazzurri start, having been being left on the bench for four straight Serie A games.
Cherished once as a Lazio player, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone made an emotional return to the Stadio Olimpico, where he spent four years – winning one Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana and UEFA Super Cup each – at the turn of the century.
Real Sociedad icon Xabi Prieto believes his lifelong club are poised to give Inter a hard time when they visit Estadio de Anoeta in their UEFA Champions League group stage opener
Provedel, who played as a striker until he was 15, becomes only the fourth different goalkeeper to score a UCL goal, after Jorg Butt, Sinan Bolat and Vincent Enyeama, and only the second to do it from open play. The goal is the second in his professional career.
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."
Sandro Tonali returns to Milan for the first time since moving away from the Rossoneri, as Newcastle United prepare to visit San Siro in the UEFA Champions League Group F opener: "I feel strong emotions because Milan is the team I support and gave me the opportunity to grow."
Stefano Pioli has replied to comments made by the Banditi Curva Sud on the eve of the crucial UEFA Champions League opener against Newcastle United at San Siro: ""I have had good moments, but also difficult ones. I feel the weight of the failures in the Derby."
All four Italian teams have released their respective squad lists for the upcoming UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. The new season of Europe’s top-tier continental tournament begins in the third week of September, and some mouthwatering clashes await all the Serie A clubs involved.
Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has offered his thoughts on the club’s upcoming UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. Benfica, RB Salzburg, and Real Sociedad await Simone Inzaghi’s men in the next couple of months, and Marotta believes the overall draw is balanced: "Destiny is in our hands."
Milan, Lazio, Napoli and Inter now know the group opponents they will face in the 2023/24 campaign, with some mouthwatering clashes to look forward to in the coming months.