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Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri returns to the bench for the game on Saturday after battling a bout of pneumonia
Napoli need to pick themselves up against Sampdoria after Kalidou Koulibaly’s own goal handed Juventus a 4-3 win in Turin
Inter Milan welcome Udinese to the San Siro, also looking to extend their maximum points with the team ahead of both Juventus and Torino on goal difference
Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Italian league action after his four-goal spree for Portugal as Juventus head for Fiorentina on Saturday also boosted by coach Maurizio Sarri’s highly-anticipated debut on the bench after a bout of pneumonia.
The ex-Chelsea coach missed his first two league games with the Serie A champions against Parma and his former club Napoli.
Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at the goal against Atalanta. Reuters
But the 60-year-old will be on the bench for the first time on Saturday as Juventus look to make it three wins this season before their Champions League opener at Atletico Madrid midweek.
Ronaldo’s four goals in Portugal’s European qualifying win over Lithuania during the week were enough to send shivers down the spines of Fiorentina fans.
The 34-year-old overtook Ireland’s Robbie Keane as the all-time top scorer in Euro qualifiers, with 25 goals, and will be looking to impress further with the winner of the Best FIFA Football Awards to be named in Milan on 23 September.
Ronaldo will lead the Juventus attack along with Douglas Costa and Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentine also in-form on his return to Turin after a loan spell at Chelsea.
“I’m back on the same team as Cris (Ronaldo) after a few years and he’s even stronger, more complete and ambitious, I’m happy to play with him again,” said Higuain, who played alongside Ronaldo in Real Madrid, said on Thursday.
Fiorentina have also changed owners and coach with former AC Milan and Sevilla manager Vince
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