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Juventus are favourite to win Serie A again but there are reasons to doubt them

The mind games began at the end of May. Not from a pretender to the Juventus throne, but from Maurizio Sarri's predecessor.

Sarri had yet to be announced as the Old Lady's new coach back then but Massimiliano Allegri seemed to have a very good idea of who the club were lining up as his replacement. In his goodbye press conference, he once again stoked up the debate that had raged throughout the final two years of his tenure.

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Juve boss Sarri to miss 2 games with pneumonia

ESPN FC's Serie A correspondents Gab Marcotti and Mina Rzouki discuss the teams who have the best shot at stopping Juventus this season.

New Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri will not be on the bench for the club's first two Serie A matches, including against former team Napoli.

Sarri is recovering from pneumonia and underwent further tests on Thursday.

Juventus say they "showed a good clinical improvement" but Sarri, 60, needs to be absent "to completely recover."

Sarri has still been going to Juve's training ground and watching the sessions on video link and coordinating with his staff.

Juventus kick off their bid for a record-extending...

Serie A Preview: Juve remain favourites, but Napoli, Inter poised to pounce if Sarri experiment backfires

ESPN FC's Serie A correspondents Gab Marcotti and Mina Rzouki discuss the teams who have the best shot at stopping Juventus this season.
Alejandro Moreno says Juventus need more from Cristiano Ronaldo in both the Champions League and Serie A this season.
Gab Marcotti and Mina Rzouki are at odds about how far Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli can push Juventus in Serie A in 2019-20.
Gab Marcotti delves into the faith Inter have placed in Antonio Conte to get players like Romelu Lukaku to shine this campaign.
Mina Rzouki breaks down the race for fourth place in Serie A, which looks set to be a season-long battle between Milan and Roma.

After a three-month hiatus, Serie A returns this Saturday, starting with Juventus at Parma, while every game in Italy's top flight can be seen live in the United States on ESPN+ this season.

On the eve of the 2019-20 campaign, there is hope for all 20 clubs and questions abound: Will Juve win a ninth consecutive Scudetto? Who will qualify for the Champions League? Can Mario Balotelli keep his hometown club Brescia from being relegated?

Tom Williams is here to answer those questions and examine...

Sources: Man Utd face £12m Sanchez wages bill

Gab Marcotti rates the likelihood that Inter Milan and Man United are able to agree a deal on Alexis Sanchez before the end of the transfer window.
Paul Pogba missed a crucial penalty in the second half as Manchester United settled for a 1-1 draw on the road against Wolves.
The FC panel assess Manchester United's start to the season and debate if there's more to be optimistic or pessimistic about after two games.

Manchester United are facing a £12 million bill for Alexis Sanchez's wages this season, sources have told ESPN FC, even if the forward completes a loan move to Inter Milan before next week's European transfer deadline.

United and Inter remain in talks over a season-long loan deal for the 30-year-old, who has scored five goals in 45 appearances since completing a free transfer move from Arsenal to Old Trafford in January 2018.

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