CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Gian Piero Gasperini is convinced ‘Atalanta are stronger today than last season’ and he won’t ‘pull back from the challenge’ of the Scudetto.
Alvaro Morata calls his Juventus return ‘the chance of a lifetime’, backs Andrea Pirlo the coach and believes the Bianconeri will win the Champions League.
SPAL have officially announced the signing of Sebastiano Esposito on loan from Inter.
Inter coach Antonio Conte aims to ‘confirm the credibility gained’ but believes 2020-21 will be ‘much more difficult’ for the Nerazzurri.
Dutch midfielder Marten de Roon says Atalanta are eager to get back in action and feels the Orobici ‘improve every year’.
Lazio forward Ciro Immobile said he realised ‘a personal dream’ when he picked up the Capocannoniere title in 2019-20.
Inter midfielder Matias Vecino risks being left out of the Champions League squad, as he will not return from injury until the start of November.
Juventus’ 36-year-old captain Giorgio Chiellini aims for the Champions League in 2020-21 and said ‘retirement doesn’t scare me’.
Tuttosport claims Gian Piero Gasperini has signed a three-year deal with Atalanta, tying him to the Gewiss Stadium until June 2023.
President Steven Zhang said Inter ‘aspire to win’, praised coach Antonio Conte and admitted the Nerazzurri were never in for Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.
Andrea Pirlo knows he must win at Juventus and aims to secure the 10th consecutive Scudetto. ‘It was like that as a player and will be like that as a coach’.
Atalanta announced that the UEFA inspection was positive, so they should soon be able to play 2020-21 Champions League home games in Bergamo.
Josip Ilicic returns to Atalanta today, after having sat out the end of 2019-20 to deal with a personal matter.
Inter’s new third kit is a tribute to the past, with grey and black horizontal stripes, as worn by the UEFA Cup winners from 1997-98.
Aleksei Miranchuk admits he ‘fell in love with Atalanta’ watching them in the Champions League and is ‘so excited to be a part of that now.’
Sky Sport Italia claims Juventus centre-back Cristian Romero will move to Atalanta on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy with conditions.
Lazio are back in the Champions League after 13 years of absence and present a new kit for the European Cup.
While PSG announce three positive COVID-19 cases – Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria – Serie B side Ascoli have a new coronavirus issue too.
Arthur Melo said he was persuaded by the ‘ambitious project’ at Juventus and revealed it’s the ‘realisation of a dream’ to play with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Technical director Paolo Maldini insists Milan have made ‘important efforts to improve our position’ and believes the Rossoneri must fight for a place in the Champions League.
Bayern Munich have reportedly offered €12m for Ivan Perisic but Inter are expecting at least €15m for the Croatia international.
Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has distanced himself from the transfer rumours. ‘I look forward to fighting with the Nerazzurri for a long time’.
Captain Giorgio Chiellini stressed the Juventus players ‘did our best’ to perform under Maurizio Sarri and doesn’t think it’s right to compare Andrea Pirlo to the former coach.
Atalanta have announced three cases of coronavirus in their first-team squad after resuming activities today.
Ciro Immobile insists Lazio ‘don’t want to just be making a cameo’ in the Champions League. ‘I know how tense it can get.’
UEFA named the 23-man Champions League squad of the season, containing just one Serie A player – Atalanta captain Papu Gomez.
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly handed in an offer of €60m for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Lucas Leiva has claimed Lazio have ‘a lot of experience’ ahead of their return to the Champions League. ‘It’s important that we are united’.
Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo aims to ‘conquer Italy, Europe and the world’ in his third season with the Bianconeri. ‘My spirit and ambition are as high as ever’.
Atalanta can celebrate being bumped up to third seeds in the Champions League with Inter and Lazio, as Celtic were knocked out.