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Albertini backs Torres to come good at Milan

Former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Demetrio Albertini is confident misfiring striker Fernando Torres can rediscover his goalscoring touch in the near future.

Torres joined Milan this summer on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea but has failed to replicate the form he displayed during his time with both Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

If you want to see the real Nino (Torres), then you have to wait. The current Torres is not the one we all knew.

He is coming off two seasons in which he played very little, so it's not easy to find oneself after that.

Fernando must be aware of what he has gone through, he must rediscover self-confidence and belief in himself not just through words, but through action.

Moreover, we cannot forget that football in Spain and England offers more spaces than in Italy, hence, a striker has at least four or five chances per game.

For him Serie A is completely new.

– Demetrio Albertini speaking to Tuttosport.

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AC Milan crash to 2-0 home defeat against Palermo

AC Milan missed the chance to go third in the Serie A table after suffering a 2-0 home defeat to Palermo.

The Rossoneri would have dislodged Sampdoria from the final Champions League place with three points at San Siro, but an early own goal from Christian Zapata set the tone for an under-par display.

Paulo Dybala scored the Sicilians' second goal, one that both assured promoted Palermo of a first away win of the season and lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone and into 13th place.

Hellas Verona fined and handed partial stadium ban for racist chants

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Muntari was subjected to racist chants at Hellas Verona. Credit: PA

Hellas Verona have been fined 50,000 euros and given a partial stadium ban by the Italian league as punishment for racist chants directed at AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari during Sunday's Serie A match.

The Ghana international was the target of a section of Hellas supporters during the game the Verona outfit hosted and lost 3-1.

As part of the punishment, Hellas will have the ring of the Curva Sud section of the Marc' Antonio Bentegodi stadium empty for their next home match against Lazio on October 30.

The Lega Serie A said in a statement on Tuesday:

Around 3000 local supporters sitting in the Curva sud (South section) of the stadium on two occasions during the first half of the game directed chants of racial discrimination at Sulley Muntari and those were heard in other sections of the stadium.

– Hellas Verona statement

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Fernando Torres scores on his AC Milan debut

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Torres scored on his Milan debut. Credit: PA

Fernando Torres showed a glimpse of his past glories by scoring for AC Milan in his first start for the club.

The Spanish striker, who joined Milan on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea last month, helped the Rossoneri hit back from a 2-0 deficit to claim a point at Empoli on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old headed home an Ignazio Abate cross to spark his team's comeback.

I'm thrilled to have scored, but I would change that for a win. I'm better physically but I'm not yet 100 per cent, although I am able to play. I'm trying to adapt to the demands of the team.

It's easier when you have great players around you, like I do at Milan, and now I'm getting to understand how the team plays, what type of rivals you face in Serie A, which is a different league with respect to La Liga and the Premier League.

I am happy and I'm gaining confidence. Of course, you can always do better.

– Milan striker Fernando Torres

Torres raring to go with AC Milan

Fernando Torres is desperate to make his AC Milan debut on Sunday as the Rossoneri look to claim their second straight win at the start of the season away to Parma.

The Spanish striker joined Milan earlier this month on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea and is eager to play for his new club.

I can't wait. I really wanted to play in Serie A having experienced the Premier League and La Liga.

I want to score many goals and help Milan fight for titles and qualify for European competition.

I want to return to compete amongst the best.

– Torres speaking to www.acmilan.com.
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