Inzaghi vows to help Torres rediscover form

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Rossoneri bow: Fernando Torres.

 Fernando Torres will make his Serie A debut for AC Milan in to­day’s match at Parma.

The Spanish striker joined the Rossoneri outfit on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea earlier this month.

AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi was delighted to land Torres after the club sold last season’s top scor­er Mario Balotelli to Liverpool this summer.

“I’m delighted with our sum­mer signings,” Inzaghi said. “I really wanted Torres to join us and my request was satisfied. Now it is up to me to get him back to the lev­els he is capable of and I will study his best position.”

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Meanwhile, Inter Milan defend­er Marco Andreolli has warned his team-mates to keep a close eye on Sassuolo striker Simone Zaza in Sunday’s game at the San Siro.

The Nerazzurri go into the encounter in Milan looking for their first win of the season after being held to a goalless draw at Torino in their Serie A opener.

Andreolli, a former Sassuolo player, is wary of the threat posed by Zaza, who scored on his Italy debut in midweek. “Zaza is the man of the moment,” Andreolli said. “We will need to pay particular attention to him. We have prepared well for this game and we are really determined to win our first game at the San Siro this season.”

Fiorentina fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see summer sign­ing Micah Richards in action.

The England defender is unlikely to feature in today’s home game against Genoa.

“I’ve played very little in recent weeks and I’ve only had a few train­ing sessions with the group,” Rich­ards said. “I still need a bit of time in order to be in top condition.”

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Juve maintain winning start as Evra debutises

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Perfect start: Carlos Tevez (c) is mobbed by team-mates after his goal on eight minutes broke the deadlock in Turin.

Juventus joined Roma at the top of Serie A with two wins out of two this season after beating Udinese 2-0 at the Juventus Stadium.

Carlos Tevez and Claudio Mar­chisio supplied the goals for Mas­similiano Allegri’s side, who strug­gled more than necessary after failing to make their pressure count in the first half.

After running a few risks, though, they picked up the win they were looking for to warm them up for Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Malmo in Turin.

Juve – who won every single one of their 19 Serie A games at the Juventus Stadium last season – were quick to assert their author­ity, pegging their opponents back in their own half in their customary style.

They needed only eight minutes to break the deadlock with Tevez opening his account for the season, just days before he will bid to end a four-year drought in the Champi­ons League.

The Argentinian, who was an in­jury doubt right up to kick-off, was lurking in just the right place at the right time as Stephan Lichtstein­er’s attempt to pull the ball across deflected back to him eight yards out and he provided a neat low fin­ish.

The Bianconeri, still camped in their opponents’ half, struggled to translate their superiority into further goals, with Udinese manag­ing to remain just one goal behind going into the break. Luis Muriel was withdrawn and Bruno Fernandes came on, and Andrea Stramaccioni’s tactical change led to a transformation in his side, and the game.

Stramaccioni was the first visit­ing coach to win at the Juventus Stadium, succeeding with Inter Milan two seasons ago, and some Juve fans may have had that 3-1 de­feat in their minds as the Zebrette started to make some inroads in the second half.

Juve’s defence was beginning to wobble when Igor Bubnjic lifted Danilo’s shot into the roof of Gian­luigi Buffon’s goal from a yard out, but the offside flag came to Juve’s rescue. It was enough of a warning for Juve, who responded with Mar­chisio powering in a low shot from just outside the penalty area to give them a cushion that made the final 15 minutes that bit more relaxing for Allegri.

The game also witnessed a Juve debut for Patrice Evra, and the French international said: “It is incredible. [Paul] Pogba told me about the stadium, I’d never played here and the fans were amazing.

“I have to thank everyone, from the fans to players and staff, and will try to repay them with my per­formances.”

He added: “The difference is the game is less intense, but more tac­tical, so you have to stay concen­trated at all times and cannot be distracted for a moment.” 

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Kagawa marks his BVB return in some style

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Happy homecoming: Shinji Kagawa (c).

Shinji Kagawa made a dream return to Dortmund, scoring on his second debut for the club in a 3-1 win over Freiburg.

The Japan international, who went the entire 2013/14 campaign without scoring once, needed just 40 minutes of his first game back in yellow and black to score his first goal on his return to the Bundes­liga.

Seven minutes earlier, he had played a hand in Adrian Ramos putting Dortmund in front while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang add­ed a third.

Oliver Sorg grabbed a consola­tion at the death for Freiburg, who remain without a win this season.

Kagawa looked like he had never been away as he sent a low ball into the path of Kevin Grosskreutz, who needed only one touch to place the ball on a plate for Ramos to lift into the roof of the net at the near post.

It was the same trio who com­bined for Dortmund’s second, and Kagawa’s first back at the club.

Grosskreutz this time sent Ram­os clear down the right and his ball across the face of goal was missed by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but invit­ing for Kagawa to place first time into the bottom left-hand corner.

The Japan midfielder was given a standing ovation when he left the field in the 64th minute, to be replaced by Italy’s Ciro Immobile.

The Italian sub then laid on the third for Aubameyang.

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