Allegri’s anger fades as Chiesa leads Juventus through Spezia six-pointer

The Juventus manager had called the game against Spezia a ‘relegation showdown’ and they had to fight hard to win it

Even as he presided over Juventus’s worst start to a season for 60 years, Massimiliano Allegri still felt able to joke around. “If we look at the league table,” he quipped at a press conference before the Bianconeri faced Spezia on Wednesday night, “This is a relegation showdown.”

He was joking, right? It was hard to tell, when neither he nor anybody else in the room laughed. Poor results are rarely met in good humour at a club that lives by the manta of its former president, Giampiero Boniperti: “winning isn’t important, it’s the only thing that counts”. Only three times before in Juventus’ history had they started a Serie A season as poorly as this – without a victory in four games.

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Marco Asensio hits hat-trick in Real Madrid rout while Hakimi is PSG’s hero

  • Sevilla score three in 22 minutes to beat Valencia 3-1
  • Juventus fight back to beat Spezia and delight Allegri

Marco Asensio scored a hat-trick and Karim Benzema struck twice as Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid crushed Mallorca 6-1 in the Spanish capital.

Benzema opened the scoring in the third minute and Asensio netted against his old club in the 24th but the South Korean forward Lee Kang-in pulled one back moments later with an outstanding individual run and finish.

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Suárez double seals Atlético comeback, Dzeko leads Inter past Fiorentina

  • European roundup: Atlético leave it late against lowly Getafe
  • Internazionale fight back for win, Falcao lifts Rayo into top four

Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suárez struck two late goals to give the defending Spanish champions a 2-1 win at Getafe on Tuesday, after the hosts were reduced to 10 men in the second half.

The win took Atlético top of the La Liga standings on 14 points from six games, while Getafe are mired in the relegation zone with no points. The lowly hosts had gone in front on the stroke of half-time with a header from Stefan Mitrovic after Jan Oblak had uncharacteristically spilled a cross.

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Inter serve up a storm as Inzaghi looks to blow memories of Conte away | Nicky Bandini

Inter wanted evolution, not revolution, after claiming a first Serie A title in 11 years. The rout of Bologna showed how

Like a bird seeking shelter in the hours before a storm, Sinisa Mihajlovic knew trouble was coming and yet was powerless to stop it. “Let’s talk about something else,” he said, cursing freely, after being asked on Friday about Bologna’s success in keeping back-to-back clean sheets.

“Now we’re just inviting bad luck … if we concede a goal tomorrow, I’m going to get mad with you guys,’ he said. “What even is this? When we don’t concede for 20 games in a row, then we can talk about this stuff. Not after two games.”

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European roundup: Icardi scores late PSG winner after Messi substituted

  • Paris Saint-Germain recover to beat Lyon 2-1
  • Juventus 1-1 Milan; Real Madrid defeat Valencia

A late Mauro Icardi strike earned Paris Saint-Germain a last-gasp 2-1 home victory against Lyon, with Lionel Messi making limited impact on his Parc des Princes debut.

Icardi headed home from Kylian Mbappé’s cross four minutes into stoppage time after Neymar had levelled with a controversial penalty after Lucas Paqueta’s second-half opener, as the leaders maintained their perfect record, with 18 points from six games.

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Mourinho goes on Special Run after Roma find victory in his 1,000th game | Nicky Bandini

The manager admitted to fibbing to downplay fears that his milestone match may have ended up an emotional millstone

In the 91st minute of his 1,000th game as a professional football manager, José Mourinho turned and started running. His fist was raised, and his mouth was open as he careened down the sideline at the Stadio Olimpico, chasing after his players as they piled in to celebrate in front of the Curva Sud.

Mourinho had spent the whole week downplaying Roma’s match against Sassuolo: just another game, only his third back in Serie A since taking charge of the Giallorossi. At his pre-match press conference, he insisted that this was not a time to worry too much about wins and losses, saying that the league table was something you might start to look at from January onwards.

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European roundup: Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly adds to Juventus’s woes

  • Juve winless after three games for only second time after 2-1 loss
  • Haaland scores twice in 4-3 win after Borussia trail three times

Napoli piled more misery on Juventus as Kalidou Koulibaly’s late winner clinched a 2-1 comeback victory to continue the hosts’ perfect start to the Serie A season and leave the Turin club winless after three games.

It is only the second time in their last 52 Serie A campaigns that Juve have failed to win any of their opening three league games. However, the other occasion also came under their current coach, Massimiliano Allegri, in 2015-16, when they went on to win the title by nine points.

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