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Tuesday September 17 2019
Candreva: 'Every error decisive'

Antonio Candreva warns Inter cannot afford a slip-up against Slavia Prague. “In the Champions League, every error can be decisive.”

It kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“Our tour de force starts today with a difficult run of games every few days, but we are ready,” the winger told Inter TV.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
Line-ups: Inter v Slavia Prague

Romelu Lukaku passes a late fitness test to start with Lautaro Martinez, Stefano Sensi and Roberto Gagliardini as Inter host Slavia Prague in their Champions League opener.

It kicks off at San Siro at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), you can follow the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Napoli-Liverpool on the LIVEBLOG.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
Cagliari & Verona avoid racism bans

Cagliari and Verona have both avoided punishments for racially abusing Inter striker Romelu Lukaku and Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

The FIGC vowed to investigate the monkey chants subjected to Lukaku by Cagliari fans before the international break.

However, its Giudice Sportivo panel ruled on Tuesday that the chants were not considered discriminatory in terms of “size and real perception”.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
De Paul given three-match ban

Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul received a three-match ban for slapping Inter’s Antonio Candreva, while Davide Calabria is suspended for Milan.

Argentina international De Paul was sent off using a VAR on-field review when he slapped Candreva at San Siro during Udinese’s 1-0 defeat.

He has been banned for three Serie A matches for “violent conduct” in the off-the-ball incident.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
Evergrande to become Inter sponsor?

Chinese property developer Evergrande Group could replace Pirelli as Inter’s shirt sponsor, it is being reported.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Zhang Jindong’s trip to Milan was not just about meeting the Inter team or watching them play Slavia Prague in the Champions League.

That is because the Suning Group supremo had dinner with Xi Jiayin, founder and President of Evergrande Group last night to discuss “very important commercial interests”.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
Handanovic: Time for talking over

Samir Handanovic has declared that the time for talking is over. “We have to prove we’re the best Inter side in years on the field.”

Inter followed up a second successive Champions League qualification with the appointment of Antonio Conte as Coach and over €100m spent on the likes of Romelu Lukaku.

The Nerazzurri kick off their European campaign against Slavia Prague on Tuesday, with Handanovic a Champions League captain for the first time since replacing Mauro Icardi. 

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Tuesday September 17 2019
Moratti: Sensi like Sneijder

Former Inter owner Massimo Moratti admits “I didn’t expect Stefano Sensi to be so good”, comparing him to Wesley Sneijder.

Sensi has made an instant impact at Inter since arriving from Sassuolo over the summer, scoring two goals in his first three appearances and holding his own in Antonio Conte’s midfield.

“The Zhang family members are very kind, both Steven and his father,” Moratti told Corriere dello Sport.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
Probable line-ups: Inter-Slavia

Romelu Lukaku should be fit to start Inter’s Champions League opener against Slavia Prague tonight.

Lukaku was considered a doubt to face Slavia, but the striker is being tipped to partner Lautaro Martinez in Inter’s attack.

Elsewhere, Danilo D’Ambrosio should come into central defence at Diego Godin’s expense and Valentino Lazaro is in line for his official debut on the right wing.

Slavia, meanwhile, are in the Champions League group stage for only the second time in their history after winning the Czech title last season.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
'Milan want to be further ahead'

Milan chief Zvonimir Boban has admitted that “we hoped to be further ahead” but urged fans to believe in the ‘process’.

Milan have won two of their first three Serie A games under Marco Giampaolo, but they have scored just two goals so far and face League leaders Inter in the Derby della Madonnina this weekend.

“It was a crazy transfer window, with a thousand agents who wanted to explain football to us,” Boban told reporters.

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Monday September 16 2019
'Slavia want to make their mark'

Slavia Prague boss Jindrich Trpisovsky insists his side “want to make their mark in Europe” and expects Inter to be without Romelu Lukaku.

Slavia have been branded the whipping boys in Group F with Inter, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, but they did win the Czech title last season and could face the Nerazzurri without Lukaku in their line-up tomorrow.

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