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Milan (AFP)

Inter Milan will launch their bid to defend their Serie A title at home against Genoa on the weekend of August 21-22, according to the 2020/21 schedule unveiled on Wednesday.

Inter ended Juventus’ nine-year reign last season, winning the Serie A title for the first time since 2010.

They were led to the title by Antonio Conte, but next season they will be coached by former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi.

Serie A finalists AC Milan also face club Genoa in their opening at Sampdoria, while third-placed Atalanta are in Turin, who avoided relegation last season.

The Milan derby between Inter and AC Milan will take place on Matchday 12 on November 7 and the return leg on February 6.

Juventus, who clinched last Champions League spot on the final matchday of last season, will travel to Udinese for their first game with Massimilano Allegri back on the bench.

The 53-year-old led Juve to five consecutive league titles and one-two with the Italian Cup on four occasions, before being sacked two years ago.

Jose Mourinho’s debut as a coach in Rome is at home against Fiorentina, while new Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti faces the promoted Venezia, a side he briefly coached two decades ago.

Mourinho returns to Italy where he led Inter Milan to the treble – Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia – in 2010.

The Portuguese coach will face Inter on Matchday 16 in Rome on December 5 with the return leg at San Siro for Matchday 24 on April 24.

Inter and Juventus will meet for the first time on October 24 at San Siro, the return leg on April 3 in Turin.

The first derby between Lazio and Rome will be played on September 26.

Former Roma, Sampdoria and Cagliari boss Eusebio Di Francesco makes his Hellas Verona bench debut at home against his former club Sassuolo.

Newly promoted Salernitana, returning to Serie A for the first time since the 1998-1999 season, will travel to Bologna for her first game, with Empoli at home against Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio for their return to the top flight.

Serie A next season follows the pattern adopted by the Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1, with an asymmetrical schedule, where the second half of the campaign will not be based on the first, but organized in a completely different order.

Inter’s last game of the season will be at home against Sampdoria on May 22 with Juventus at Fiorentina and Milan at Sassuolo./bp

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