Injury updates, Dybala and Sandro speak, Juventus continue fight 2006 Scudetto


Medhi Benatia was supposed to start against Bologna, but he bowed out after the warm-ups and the club informed it was due to a thigh adductor ailment, whose severity was not fully disclosed but it will keep the defender on the mend for the Supercoppa as well. Daniele Rugani was not even on the bench due to a knock, but he resumed practicing partially yesterday and he and Joao Cancelo are in the squad list for Jeddah. The team has yet to issue an official update on Mario Mandzukic, but he is rumoured to be facing a three-to-four week absence with his thigh injury.

Paulo Dybala gave an interview to the French channel Telefoot and sent a message to Paul Pogba: “Everybody would like to have a player with his quality on his team, but I will always wish him the best whatever decision he will take.”

On the Champions League: “It is our main goal and we will do everything in our power to win it. Atletico Madrid is the most challenging opponent alongside Liverpool and we are aware of it, but we are gearing up for the challenge.”

On the best players in the world: “We know how important Cristiano Ronaldo is and how big his contribution is day after day. I always stated that he and Lionel Messi are at the same level. I had the luck of playing with both. Neymar is not far behind and Kylian Mbappè is very young and can continue to impress going forward.”

On his trajectory: “I have changed a lot compared in the last few years, especially thanks to the fact of being close to some great champions. Our average age is pretty high so that is a positive for young players like me. You never know what the future holds for you in today’s future, but I am great at Juventus, I am were I always wanted to be.”

Alex Sandro, instead, talked to the Italian TV show La Domenica sportiva about the Supercoppa: “A final is always a different kind of game and this arrives right after the break, so we are not 100 percent yet. I think Gonzalo Higuain wants to play a great game and so we will have to be attentive. They few other dangerous players too, Lucas Paqueta is good because he is very strong technically.”

On the limitations for women on the stands: “I went there with the national team and I think it is a step forward. The fans there are little diverse because of their sports culture, but I think it will be a good game.”

On racism in the stadium: “It happened to me too few times in Brazil and in Portugal, but I do not pay attention to it. Of course I am sorry, because it is bad thing.”

On the Champions League: “It is our objective, our dream, but I do think it can be seen as an obligation for us. We clearly want it though.”

It was a widespread belief that Juventus’ efforts to get the 2005/2006 Scudetto back, or at least have it unassigned, would cease after Court of Cassation, the final degree of criminal justice in Italy, ruled against them last month. However, since the last sentence affirmed that the matter belongs only to the sports organs, this is where the lawyers of the Bianconeri filed another appeal, more specifically to the College of Guarantee of the Italian Olympic Committee. The body had deemed itself incompetent on the topic in 2006, but the club is giving it another shot in order to get the administrative acts that gave that title to Inter nullified.

The club also asked, in case of a rejection here, to have the Tribunal of the Italian Federation decide on the question. Therefore, the fight will drag on and Juventus still have the card of activating an article to demand revision of the whole sports trial, which the president Andrea Agnelli indicated as a possibility after the conclusion of the exhaustion of the all steps in the ordinary justice.

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