Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Juventus' squad for their final pre-season friendly against Triestina.

The Portugal international sat out Wednesday's intra-squad practice match with slight fatigue to his left adductor and will not participate in Saturday's match at Stadio Nereo Rocco as a precautionary measure.

He also missed an exhibition match against Team K League in Seoul last month but had featured in Juve's other outings prior to this week, including a 71-minute appearance in the 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid seven days ago.

Serie A champions Juventus, who begin their title defence with a trip to Parma next Saturday, can call upon new signing Aaron Ramsey for the first time since he joined the club as a free agent.

Ramsey has spent the last two weeks training after recovering from a muscle injury and is part of Juve's 24-man squad for the match with Serie C side Triestina.

Head coach Maurizio Sarri will not be present, though, having been struck down by flu this week.

Criticism of Maurizio Sarri's handling of N'Golo Kante will not stop Frank Lampard from using the Chelsea midfielder in much the same manner.

Former boss Sarri exclusively deployed Kante in a box-to-box role rather than in his more familiar place in front of the defence.

The World Cup winner contributed four goals in the Premier League last season but pundits and fans alike called for him to be restored to the position in which he previously shone for Leicester City and the Blues.

Lampard resisted those pleas when he named Kante in a slightly more advanced area for the UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool on Wednesday, believing predecessor Sarri to have the right idea.

"It's been a discussion that has been over-talked at times last year and that was me watching it from the outside," Lampard said.

"The important thing for me with all of our midfield is that we have a flexibility and nobody is pinned down to an absolute structure.

"I think we saw elements of that against Liverpool where the players have a freedom to use their attributes.

"The idea that he wins the ball probably as well as anybody in world football doesn't mean that he has to sit in front of the back four and do that.

"He also has it in his game to drive forward with the ball, to lead midfield areas and win the ball back high up the pitch.

"That's what I want to give him the freedom to do."

Chelsea face Kante's former club Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday, their first match at Stamford Bridge under head coach Lampard.

Paulo Dybala is no closer to leaving Juventus, according to the club's chief football officer, Fabio Paratici.

Dybala was linked with Manchester United and Tottenham before the Premier League's transfer window closed last week.

A move did not materialise, and Dybala instead reported for pre-season training in Turin, with the forward scoring twice in Wednesday's traditional warm-up friendly with the Juve Primavera side.

A switch to Inter has also been mooted, with that deal potentially seeing Mauro Icardi, who is out of favour at San Siro, joining the Serie A champions in return.

However, Paratici told Sky Sport Italia there has not been much progress on Dybala's future, or that of any other Juve players.

"The market is open and there is interest, but there are no names closer to a sale," he said.

"[Dybala] is a Juve player – indeed, he is a great Juve player. As I said, during the transfer market, there are discussions and negotiations."

He added on Icardi: "Right now he's an Inter player and we don't talk about him. We have [Gonzalo] Higuain and [Mario] Mandzukic who are great attackers: I wouldn't talk about others, but about ours. We are happy with those we have."

Juve's new head coach Maurizio Sarri this week accused the club of following a transfer policy that has led them to an "embarrassing" situation, with an overly large squad meaning he could be forced to leave some senior players out of the list for the Champions League group stage.

Paratici admits there is a need to move players on, with Luca Pellegrini close to a loan move to Cagliari, but says it will be difficult to find exits for Mattia Perin and Marko Pjaca while they recover from injuries.

"As with all transfer windows, there is a lot of chatter and not many actual deals done, but we are calm and confident," Paratici added.

"It's not that there is an excess of players, but rather a list that neither the coach nor I can do anything about. We can only use 21, and just one 'local' homegrown player. Therefore, the players who are not in that list of 22 have to go.

"At the moment there are six extra players, but two of these, Perin and Pjaca, are unlikely to be transferred in this market and another, Luca Pellegrini, will probably go to Cagliari in the next few hours."

It has been a close season of upheaval at Juve, who have sold players including Joao Cancelo, Moise Kean and Leonardo Spinazzola, with defender Daniele Rugani linked with Roma and Monaco.

Matthijs de Ligt, Danilo, Pellegrini and Merih Demiral are among those to have joined Sarri's squad, while veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon returned after a single season with Paris Saint-Germain.

Frank Lampard's first experience of Premier League management proved harrowing as Chelsea limped to a 4-0 loss in their season opener at Manchester United.

The fresh-faced Blues boss insisted the scoreline flattered the hosts and found support for his assessment following several promising passages of play.

Yet as a high-profile legend of the competition, curiosity about his coaching qualities will climb until hard evidence is delivered.

Sunday's clash against Leicester City will be Lampard's next opportunity to make a point in the Premier League.

With an eye on the past and Opta data on hand, we look at the likelihood of Chelsea performing a quick turnaround.

 

Sarri's six-goal loss still the nadir

Chelsea were torn asunder in the second half at Old Trafford as a three-goal, 16-minute burst from United made Lampard's managerial debut in the top flight a miserable occasion.

Only two Blues bosses have endured equal or heavier defeats in the club's 27-season Premier League history.

Maurizio Sarri presided over the worst when a Sergio Aguero-inspired Manchester City handed out a 6-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium in February.

That result intensified the focus on Sarri's future as it occurred barely a week after a 4-0 loss at the hands of Bournemouth, which led the Italian to ponder whether he was capable of motivating his players.

September 1996 marked the only other time Chelsea have suffered a reverse of that magnitude in the Premier League, a late Frank Leboeuf penalty doing little to soothe the pain of a 5-1 failure against Liverpool under Ruud Gullit.

It was the first defeat of the Dutchman's coaching career but, as he went on to prove, an early setback is no impediment to success.

Scolari's strong start no barometer

Gullit had, in fact, started well in the player-coach role at Stamford Bridge, which he accepted following Glenn Hoddle's departure for the England job.

The former AC Milan midfielder won three of his opening five matches and secured two away draws to lay a solid foundation for a season that ended in FA Cup glory.

Of course, not every competent beginning can be viewed as a catalyst for trophies.

Luiz Felipe Scolari oversaw three wins, two draws and a fine tally of 10 goals scored, yet the World Cup winner was out of the job by February.

Sarri and compatriot Carlo Ancelotti boast the best starts among Blues bosses in the Premier League, each attaining a perfect 15 points from their first five fixtures.

Stamford Bridge a setting for success

Of real comfort to Lampard will be the opportunity to get back to London following the long midweek journey to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup.

Chelsea's greatest ever goalscorer is adored at Stamford Bridge and the ground has generally brought good fortune for new leaders.

Glenn Hoddle, Gianluca Vialli and the dual management team of Ray Wilkins and Graham Rix are the only bosses to have been beaten in their maiden Premier League home matches.

Three - Ian Porterfield, Avram Grant and Rafael Benitez - recorded draws, while 12 celebrated victories.

Lampard will hope to join the ranks of the latter group; perhaps Chelsea will even seek to cleanse the palate with a 4-0 win, the result Scolari achieved against Portsmouth back in August 2008.

Danilo is motivated to become a better player at Juventus with the help of former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and new head coach Maurizio Sarri.

The Brazil full-back made the move to Turin last week as part of a deal that saw Joao Cancelo move the opposite way to Manchester City.

He will reunite with five-time Balon d'Or winner Ronaldo at the Allianz Stadium, having previously won two Champions League titles together at Madrid.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Danilo joked he had already asked for the number seven shirt belonging to Ronaldo.

"I spoke to him before coming here. I said to him that I wanted to take the number seven jersey, but it was already taken," Danilo said.

"He spoke very highly of Juventus and to play with him will be an extra motivation. I found a very motivated and happy Ronaldo. He spoke about the club like a family and this was reassuring to me. It was great to hear such things."

Danilo made the switch to Juve at a time of transition for the Italian champions, who brought in ex-Chelsea and Napoli boss Sarri as Massimiliano Allegri's successor.

"Sarri has a very particular style," the 28-year-old said. "He likes to command play. Napoli and Chelsea are two different teams who are difficult to face.

"I like his style of play very much and I am ready to learn and evolve every day. Sarri has asked me to be very attentive in the defensive phase of the game, and that I am free to express my potential.

"I don’t think I’ll have difficulty adapting to what he is asking for. I know that defending is very important in Italy, but I am 28 years old and open to learning anything that I need to become a better player."

After being used predominantly as a back-up option at City, featuring 34 times across two Premier League seasons, Danilo felt it was time for a new challenge with Juventus.

"Every moment is important to help forge you as a player," said Danilo, who has been handed the number 13 shirt. "Although I didn’t play the way I wanted to, these years were fundamental and will help me have the right mentality here at Juve.

"The first impressions have been good. I have been welcomed warmly and I feel great being here these first few days. There were already discussions with Juventus in the past, but I believe that this is the right moment to be here."

N'Golo Kante was happy to play in a more advanced midfield position under Maurizio Sarri last season, according to former Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola.

The 28-year-old won back-to-back Premier League titles in his favoured holding role, with Leicester City in 2016 and Chelsea in 2017, while also playing a key part in France's World Cup triumph last year.

But Sarri's arrival at Stamford Bridge last season brought a change of formation and the Italian preferred Jorginho, who he previously worked with at Napoli, at the base of his three-man midfield.

Kante was arguably less influential than usual in what was a mixed first and last campaign for Sarri at Chelsea, but Zola has defended the decision to play him in a more right-sided position.

"There are two reasons for that," Zola told beIN SPORTS. "The main reason is the way Sarri plays, the sitting midfielder plays the most passes.

"Last year, Jorginho played between 140 and 160 passes [per match], sometimes more. Sarri wants someone who is confident to get on the ball and play, someone who is influential.

"The second reason is that Kante is not a sitting midfielder. He has always played in a midfield two - first with Leicester and then in his first two years with Chelsea."

Kante joined Chelsea from Leicester for a reported £32million in July 2016 and was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year in his first season at the club, when he played predominantly alongside Nemanja Matic.

"At Leicester he played with [Danny] Drinkwater, who was the sitter," said Zola, who left Chelsea following Frank Lampard's appointment as head coach in July.

"He was moving a lot, free to go forward, sideways, backwards - whatever he wanted.

"The same early at Chelsea when Matic was the sitting one and Kante was doing the same job. We spoke to him about it and he was very happy to play in that position, he liked that position."

Maurizio Sarri remains unclear on the future of Paulo Dybala and has branded Juventus' transfer policy "embarrassing" for leaving him with a bloated squad.

Argentina forward Dybala was tipped to join Manchester United in a part-exchange deal involving Romelu Lukaku this month, only for talks to break down.

It then looked as though he would move to Tottenham on the Premier League's transfer deadline day on Thursday, but that deal also failed to materialise.

Juve are in an awkward situation ahead of the new season, with Sarri aware the squad must be trimmed following the arrivals of Matthijs de Ligt, Danilo, Luca Pellegrini, Merih Demiral, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Gianluigi Buffon.

The head coach is concerned the club could be forced simply to leave several senior players off their 25-man 'List A' for the Champions League group stage if they are unable to sell them.

Sarri is therefore unsure of Dybala's future and appeared to call into question a transfer process led by sporting director Fabio Paratici that has brought them to this point.

Interrupting a question about transfers after his side lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, he said: "I sometimes wonder when I read things: Sarri's decisions, Paratici's decisions…

"We have to cut six players from the Champions League squad. I've not read this anywhere. If we don't, the choices we have are crazy.

"The last 20 days of the market will be difficult for us. It's a difficult, embarrassing situation, because we risk leaving top players out of the squad list.

"It's a situation we have to resolve, and it's not strictly connected to the choices of the coach or club.

"All the assessments on Dybala are premature. He did two training sessions; he did half an hour today. He clearly can't be in top physical condition and this also affects what he can do as a false nine. I think he has the attributes and the goals to play in that role.

"I can talk, but the market goes in a certain direction and what I say counts for zero. Six have to be cut, depending on the market. I'd like to keep them all; our problem is we don't have enough home-grown players, so our squad for the Champions League will be 22 players, plus three goalkeepers, and this puts us in difficulty because the market will perhaps lead us to make choices we don't want to make."

Joao Felix showed why Atletico Madrid were happy to pay €126million to sign him with a hand in both goals as the Rojiblancos beat Juventus 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.

In a repeat of last season's thrilling Champions League round-of-16 tie that Juventus won 3-2 on aggregate, Atletico took a measure of revenge in an entertaining encounter at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, where Thomas Lemar turned Joao Felix's volley into the net to give Diego Simeone's men the lead.

The pair combined again for Atleti's second, which was scored by teenage sensation Joao Felix, whose performance full of energy and flair will have delighted his coach.

The result rounded off a satisfying pre-season for Atletico, who beat rivals Real Madrid 7-3 earlier in the ICC, while Juve coach Maurizio Sarri gave Paulo Dybala a run out after his mooted move away from the club failed to transpire.

Giorgio Chiellini's close-range volley was turned over the bar by Jan Oblak, who got down well to make a one-handed save, and Cristiano Ronaldo fired over the crossbar from the edge of the box as Juventus enjoyed a positive start.

But Atletico punished the Bianconeri's wastefulness after 23 minutes when Joao Felix met Kieran Trippier's cross with a side-footed volley that deflected off Lemar's thigh on its way past Wojciech Szczesny and into the net.

The lead lasted just six minutes as Khedira capitalised on some hesitant Atletico defending and sent a low drive into the bottom corner of Oblak's net, with Douglas Costa's step-over helping to distract the goalkeeper.

Lemar returned the favour to Joao Felix just after the half hour, floating a weighted pass into the box where the teenage forward slid in ahead of Matthijs de Ligt to score with a half-volley from 12 yards.

After Costa hit the outside of the post with a low drive early in the second half, Adrien Rabiot went even closer, crashing a thunderous effort against the upright from 20 yards.

Mario Mandzukic played in Dybala for a chance in the box 13 minutes from time but his deflected shot was saved at full stretch by Oblak, meaning Atletico entered the new season on a winning note.

Eden Hazard learned a lot from former coaches Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri but revealed he is in "seventh heaven" at playing under his footballing idol Zinedine Zidane.

The close-season signing from Chelsea scored his first goal for Los Blancos in their 1-0 friendly win against Salzburg on Wednesday and will hope to be involved again against Roma on Sunday.

Madrid get their LaLiga season underway against Celta Vigo a week later and Hazard underlined his positive mental state ahead of the campaign with words of high praise for his coach.

"As a child I dreamed of one day wearing Real Madrid's shirt," Hazard told Corriere della Sera.

"When Real knock on your door you can do only one thing: open it.

"At Chelsea I spent unforgettable years, but here I am in seventh heaven. One of my idols, as a child, was Zinedine Zidane. I had his poster in the room and now I have the opportunity to be trained by him."

 

While Hazard embarks upon a new chapter of his career at Santiago Bernabeu, former coach Conte will take charge of an Inter team featuring his Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku.

Hazard backed Lukaku for success in Serie A, and urged Italian supporters not to underestimate the former Manchester United striker.

"He is a fantastic striker, a bomber who knows how to adapt to all the conditions of the game," said Hazard.

"He will score a lot - and this is important for a striker - but it would be a mistake to consider him just for that. He can do many things.

"For example, he is a specialist for creating what we call 'second plays'. Everyone plays better with him in the team."

Asked whether Conte or newly installed Juventus coach Sarri had the bigger impact on him, Hazard added: "I learned a lot from them both.

"They are different from each other in terms of character and football ideas, but they have one thing in common: they are two winners.

"They have a marked style, and they know which messages to give to players."

Paulo Dybala has returned to Turin and is expected to speak with Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri amid reports linking him with Manchester United.

The Argentina forward, who has been on holiday since the Copa America in Brazil last month, was seen leaving Turin-Caselle Airport on Thursday.

It is expected the 25-year-old will discuss his future with Sarri and Juve directors as speculation builds over a possible deal involving United striker Romelu Lukaku.

Juve are said to be interested in Lukaku and the prospect of Dybala moving the other way to Old Trafford could facilitate the Belgium forward's switch to the Serie A champions.

However, Inter - who had made Lukaku one of their priority signings for Antonio Conte but have not matched United's asking price - could attempt to hijack the proposed deal by offering Mauro Icardi to Juve in exchange for Dybala, according to reports in Italy.

Dybala had a difficult season in 2018-19 following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Massimiliano Allegri building his attack around the Portugal star at the expense of the former Palermo player.

Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved confirmed this week that offers had been made for Dybala, with Tottenham also having been linked.

Dybala, who has scored 78 goals for the club in all competitions since joining in 2015, is rumoured to be uncertain about moving to United despite the prospect of a significant increase in wages.

Juventus will be going for a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title in 2019-20 and new coach Maurizio Sarri can begin plotting after the Old Lady's fixtures for the new campaign were revealed on Monday.

The Bianconeri strolled to league success last term, finishing 11 points clear of Napoli after looking in control at the summit for much of the campaign.

Nevertheless, that was not enough to keep Massimiliano Allegri in the job, as the coach and Juve's hierarchy opted to end their five-year association, with some arguing it was due to another Champions League failure.

Juve brought in Sarri just a year after he left bitter rivals Napoli for Chelsea and they have further strengthened their squad, winning the race for Matthijs de Ligt, while also signing Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Luca Pellegrini, Merih Demiral and club great Gianluigi Buffon.

Their fixtures for the new season are now confirmed, although they could be subject to changes for live broadcast and European commitments, and Sarri is set for a Napoli reunion a little sooner than he might have liked.

Juventus' 2019-20 Serie A fixtures in full: 

August 25: Parma v Juventus
September 1: Juventus v Napoli
September 15: Fiorentina v Juventus
September 22: Juventus v Hellas Verona
September 25: Brescia v Juventus
September 29: Juventus v SPAL
October 6: Inter v Juventus
October 20: Juventus v Bologna
October 27: Lecce v Juventus
October 30: Juventus v Genoa
November 3: Torino v Juventus
November 10: Juventus v AC Milan
November 24: Atalanta v Juventus
December 1: Juventus v Sassuolo
December 8: Lazio v Juventus
December 15: Juventus v Udinese
December 22: Sampdoria v Juventus
January 5: Juventus v Cagliari
January 12: Roma v Juventus
January 19: Juventus v Parma
January 26: Napoli v Juventus
February 2: Juventus v Fiorentina
February 9: Hellas Verona v Juventus
February 16: Juventus v Brescia
February 23: SPAL v Juventus
March 1: Juventus v Inter
March 8: Bologna v Juventus
March 15: Juventus v Lecce
March 22: Genoa v Juventus
April 5: Juventus v Torino
April 11: AC Milan v Juventus
April 19: Juventus v Atalanta
April 22: Sassuolo v Juventus
April 26: Juventus v Lazio
May 3: Udinese v Juventus
May 10: Juventus v Sampdoria
May 17: Cagliari v Juventus
May 24: Juventus v Roma

Maurizio Sarri's journey to the top of Italian football has been long and arduous.

Sarri's first foray into coaching came at the age of 31 via U.S.D Stia in 1990 while juggling work commitments – foreign currency trader by day, coach by night. That combination of banking and amateur football continued until he devoted himself to coaching in the early 2000s.

Years in the lower tiers of Italian football saw Sarri gain promotion with the likes of Sansovino, who he led to Coppa Italia Serie D glory in 2002-03, and Sangiovannese. There were also brief and forgettable stints in charge of Pescara, Arezzo, Avellino, Hellas Verona and Perugia.

It was not until 2014 that Sarri had his first taste of Serie A after guiding Empoli to promotion at the age of 55. A surprise move to Napoli followed 12 months later – the Naples-born coach, who grew up in Tuscany, an unpopular choice among fans and even club great Diego Maradona.

But Sarri revolutionised Napoli and Italian football with his attacking and free-flowing brand, earning admirers from far and wide. Head-hunted by Chelsea following two runners-up medals in Naples, Sarri now finds himself at the helm of Serie A champions Juventus after leading the Blues to Europa League glory in his one and only campaign at Stamford Bridge in 2018-19 for his first major title.

Sarri's appointment at Juve has raised eyebrows, questions asked due to his Napoli links and philosophy – his approach in complete contrast to Bianconeri teams of years gone by. With eight years of domestic domination, Sarri has been tasked with leading the Old Lady to Champions League success after five runners-up medals since their last triumph in 1996.

Former midfielder Luca Tognozzi knows Sarri better than most. He was a favourite of the 60-year-old, following Sarri to Sansovino, Sangiovannese and Pescara.

"The chance and his decision to land to Juventus team I think he is the right person in the right place at the right time," Tognozzi told Omnisport. "He deserves this opportunity for several reasons:  the way with which his teams played in recent years, results he achieved always.

"I am sure his dedication to daily work, his wilfulness and his adaptability will immediately give his mark. He is in the most important Italian football team and will also have the opportunity to entertain his audience with his personal way of making his teams play to be able to fight to achieve great results.

"I think all this is the right reward, if you can say so, for a man and for a coach who too late he got a chance to be a trainer in a team that can be highly competitive in all European competition. I am very happy for him because he deserves all of this."

Tognozzi enjoyed success with Sarri at Sansovino, where the pair helped the club move up to Serie C2 from Serie D. Tognozzi then followed the coach to Sangiovannese in 2003 and promotion to Serie C1 was achieved.

"Sarri has always been Sarri," said the 41-year-old, who also played for Sarri at Pescara in 2005-06. "Certainly, over the years he has also had the capability and the smartness to evolve himself and his way to teach football.

"I feel very proud to have been one of his players. He was a fantastic football teacher for me. I had some fun life moments with him because he is a very ironic person [as almost all Tuscan people are] ... but I keep those moments for myself."

Tognozzi continued: "He is highly demanding because he believes in what he does and the way he teaches in a work methodology and he doesn't leave nothing to chance. This makes him a special person. He can be liked or not but in the football world where not always everything is so genuine, his passion and his determination is authentic.

"Football is his passion and Sarri is involved at 100 per cent in every little detail. He started from the amateurs up to the professionals, a long journey to arrive at the top. I think it may be a greatest satisfaction. At the same time, many experts should do mea culpa for their fast and superficial evaluations.

"Out of the field Mr. Sarri is a normal and simple person with whom you can talk about everything: from literature to story, from politics to music."

Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo sat out Juventus' exhibition match against Team K League in Seoul on Friday due to fatigue.

Ronaldo was an unused substitute as Juve drew 3-3, with Sarri naming a relatively strong side despite his star forward's absence.

Matthijs de Ligt was included from the start, while Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic were also in the line-up, though Juve had to rely on a late header from Blaise Matuidi and a sensational strike courtesy of Matheus Pereira to salvage a draw.

And Sarri revealed he spoke with Ronaldo and Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli before deciding not to utilise the 34-year-old.

"We gave room to some of the younger figures who were ready to step up. Ronaldo was very tired, so we decided to rest him," Sarri told a news conference.

"Ronaldo was expected to play, but he was not 100 per cent fit due to muscle fatigue. I spoke with Andrea and Ronaldo before the match and we concluded that it would be best for him to rest."

Two of Juve's three pre-season goals prior to Friday's clash had been scored by Ronaldo, who should be fit to feature in the Bianconeri's next friendly, against Atletico Madrid in Stockholm on August 10.

"Now we have 10 days without games, so we can focus on preparing well in training," Sarri concluded.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is confident the loss of an ally in Maurizio Sarri will not stop him from being a success at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho followed Sarri from Napoli to the Premier League last year and was immediately entrusted with the crucial deep-lying playmaker role in which he excelled at Stadio San Paolo.

Though an established Italy international and one-time Manchester City target, the former Verona man struggled for acceptance at Chelsea as fans criticised and eventually jeered his continued presence.

Sarri departed for Juventus after winning the Europa League, leaving Jorginho to fight for his place under new head coach Frank Lampard.

But the 27-year-old insists his devotion lies with the club, not the former boss.

"Sarri was my manager, he wasn't my friend," Jorginho told reporters.

"We worked together for four years but now this is another time and another page. Another time in my life. I look forward to that now.

"He left but I stayed here and I look to work for our team now.

"I have a long contract, another four years. I am very happy in London and to be at Chelsea. I hope to be here for a long time."

His involvement under Lampard in pre-season makes that a possibility.

Jorginho will, however, have to become accustomed to playing alongside another midfielder in the ex-Derby County manager's 4-2-3-1 system.

"It is new for me in this formation but I like it," he said.

"I have more space to create and it means I am more free and I can do more things with my creativity. I think I can adapt."

Maurizio Sarri hailed Gianluigi Buffon's performance in Juventus' penalty shoot-out win over Inter, while insisting Matthijs de Ligt has no responsibility for their poor first-half display.

Buffon made three saves in a shoot-out to earn Juve a 4-3 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Wednesday's International Champions Cup clash in China.

De Ligt's own goal 10 minutes into his first Bianconeri start handed Inter the lead, with the new signing turning into Juve's net from Stefano Sensi's corner.

Sarri's side were second best up until the interval but a rejuvenated second-half performance was rewarded when Cristiano Ronaldo's deflected free-kick restored parity, allowing Buffon to be the hero on penalties.

"Buffon's great strength is that he's a born fighter. He was ready when called upon and was extraordinary in the shoot-out," Sarri told Sportitalia.

"Ronaldo had the usual excellent performance. We can improve a great deal in our attacking moves and that would make it easier for him.

"We can improve, particularly on pressing high to win the ball back when defending. We must focus on defending by going forward, not allowing them to get behind us.

"It's normal that it takes a while to change that mentality. I made a mistake this morning, as I got them to have a 45-minute training session, but we felt it in this heat."

Inter coach Antonio Conte, meanwhile, claimed the Nerazzurri's new identity will soon become evident.

"I think there were improvements since the game against Manchester United [a 1-0 loss]," Conte told Inter TV. "The important thing is that the intensity gets into the minds of the players. We need to play intense football and go to press the opposition. 

"I have to consider myself very happy with the result, because I have a group of players who are working very hard. Having said that, we lost on penalties and we must always be irritated by defeat, even if it’s in a shoot-out for a friendly.

"I am starting to see glimpses of an identity and our way of taking to the field. We must continue along this path: head down, work hard. There is much to do."

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