Diego Simeone and Massimiliano Allegri were investigated by UEFA after the first match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid, but both avoided a touchline ban and got away with a fine. El Cholo will pay €20k for the obscene celebration, the Italian coach €30k for delaying the start of the second half.
The CIES Football Observatory compiled a chart of the most expensive rosters in the top 5 leagues based on the transfer market value of the players, alongside a comparison with the sum spent to buy them. Manchester City tops the standings with a €1.45B estimated value, followed by Liverpool (€1.38B), Barcelona (€1.2B), Tottenham and Manchester United (€1B). Juventus comes next, in sixth position, just below the €1B mark. The Bianconeri invested just below €500M for the current roster, which is now worth €924M. The second Serie A team is Napoli with a €635M value (€276 spent).
The goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny talked to Juventus TV the other day, giving his thoughts on the team’s chances against Atletico Madrid, on top of commenting in the Napoli clash, where he collected his 50 appearance at the club. “I was not aware of that, but it was a crucial game for the title race and for its result. It was not particularly enjoyable for our fans, but winning was the main priority. We have a firm grasp on Scudetto now.”
“You feel stronger when you play for Juventus and I am assisted by high quality of my teammates. At times, I manage to help them with key saves and I am happy because we have a wonderful group that deserves a lot.”
He commented on the penalties he saved against Milan and Valencia, while Lorenzo Insigne hit the post on Sunday night: “I came very close to tipping it. I was joking with our Coach Claudio Filippi about the fact that I almost pulled off three great saves in Naples, but the woodwork robbed me of two of them and the other shot went wide. I consider the missed penalties as if I saved them, so I am three-for-five, which is a good average.”
Juventus will play against Udinese at home on March 8th, the International Women’s day: “This is way more important, I will have to buy my wife Marina some flowers. It is a must-win game even though we have a seminal clash coming up on Tuesday. We need to have a professional approach, which is the best way to prepare for the important fixtures.”
He closed by commenting on the uphill battle that awaits Juventus in the Atletico Madrid game: “We are ready and aware of the fact that we have to give a lot more than what we have shown in the last few games, even in the ones where we have prevailed. Staging a comeback will be very difficult, but we can do it and we believe in it. We have to perform better though.”
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