Italia 1 / 12 Milan: Coach Marcello Lippi announces the start of the Serie A campaign with a 5-1 win over Fiorentina.
The Bianconeri were on the brink of relegation and had just been promoted to Serie B when they made the jump to Serie A. ‘We’re working hard and the team is happy,’ he said.
Milan are on the road to the Champions League quarter-finals and face Roma in the quarter-final first leg.
Juventus are back in Serie B, having finished fifth last season.
‘The Bianconeria are a big club.
The season starts with the home match against Fioressina on Monday, August 4, in the Stadio San Paolo.
They face Fiorendino Zitao at the same venue on Tuesday, August 5.
‘This game is very important to the club,’ said Lippi.
‘It is the first step of the season and a great opportunity for us.’
There is a feeling that we are playing for the future.’
Juventus have lost only once in the league this season.
‘We are still in good form, but I am sure the results won’t be the same,’ said Milan’s Marco Bertone.
‘I am not a big fan of losing in the first leg and I am not surprised to see it, but we need to make sure that the quality is there in the second leg.
Juve face Lazio in the Champions’ League quarter final.
(AP Photo: Andrea Rossi) ‘It is an important game.
We know that we have to show more than we did in the past.’
The home leg will be played at 2pm on Monday and kick off at 1pm.