CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri is said to be weighing-up whether to start Allan or Piotr Zielinski against Nice.
New Milan signing Leonardo Bonucci admits “I thought there would be a bit more skepticism” after his move from Juventus.
Ahead of this weekend’s Serie A kick-off, Football Italia looks at the crucial fixtures for the top sides, starting with champions Juventus.
Pole Szymon Marciniak will be the referee for Napoli’s Champions League playoff first leg against Nice on Wednesday.
Giorgio Chiellini said Juventus want to “shake off” the Champions League Final defeat by winning the Super Cup against Lazio.
As expected, Napoli fans have been barred from travelling for the Champions League play-off against Nice.
Juventus need to “use that anger” of a Champions League Final defeat in the Super Cup against Lazio and explains why he didn’t resign.
Eusebio Di Francesco discussed his favourite memories of Roma as a player, making his Champions League debut and why VAR won’t rule out errors.
Cesare Prandelli believes Napoli start the Serie A season “on the same level” as six-times winners Juventus, but Mario Balotelli has “found his identity” in Nice.
Napoli’s Champions League opponents Nice were beaten at home by newly promoted Troyes.
Dries Mertens admits “now it’s up to us” for Napoli to beat Nice and reach the Champions League after their friendly win over Espanyol.
Nice fans will not be allowed to travel for the Champions League play-off with Napoli on August 16 due to security concerns.
Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri admits he considered resigning after the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Arrigo Sacchi doubts Juventus can win the Champions League, because “they only play for 15 minutes and then just defend and counter.”
Mario Balotelli is expected to miss the first leg of the Champions League play-off against Napoli, confirmed Nice Coach Lucien Favre.
Real Madrid became the first club since Milan to win back-to-back Champions Leagues and European Super Cups after beating Manchester United 2-1.
Juventus Coach Max Allegri believes “people didn’t understand the importance of what we did” to reach the Champions League Final in Cardiff.
As expected, Wesley Sneijder has agreed terms with Napoli’s Champions League opponents Nice, pending a medical.
Napoli will have an extra obstacle to overcome in their Champions League play-off, as Wesley Sneijder has flown in to join Nice.
Today’s Champions League play-off draw paired Napoli with Mario Balotelli’s Nice, and the striker has an emotional history at the San Paolo.
Napoli have been paired with Nice in the Champions League playoffs following Friday’s draw.
Napoli’s Champions League opponents will be one from Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir, Young Boys, Steaua Bucharest and Mario Balotelli’s Nice.
Good news for Roma, as Young Boys eliminated Dinamo Kiev, meaning the Giallorossi are in Pot 3 for the Champions League draw.
Vincenzo Montella feels “a lot of responsibility, but also very motivated” after Milan’s spending spree. “Our objective is Champions League qualification.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte “loses 2-3kg during the game” with his touchline antics, but admits he’s a more talented Coach than he was a player.
Andrea Pirlo doesn’t think Milan will challenge for the Scudetto this year, and says Juventus “are still the team to beat”.
Max Allegri says Juventus are aiming for another Champions League final, and expects Serie A to go down to the final day.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon insists “absolutely nothing happened” at half-time in the Champions League final.
Gonzalo Higuain believes the Scudetto is in Juventus’ hands - “every year they talk about other teams and in the end we always win”.
Borja Valero has expressed his desire to take Inter back into the Champions League and asserts “I’d never join Juventus” out of loyalty to Fiorentina.