Cancelo speaks and injury updates


Joao Cancelo talked to Sky Sport about the upcoming Ajax game: “I am fine, I had some calf muscle fatigue, that is why I did not play in the last two games. But I have recovered and I am ready to play on Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldo is practicing, he is an exemplary professional and he is doing everything in his power to be ready and help the team. I think he will be in the squad list, then it will be up to the coach to decide whether he will start or not.”

“Ajax are a really strong side. I have watched their game in Madrid. They have several talented youngsters, we have to be very focused. However, we are ready to play at the top of our abilities and take home a W that would better our chances to advance to the semifinals.”

“We always take it one game at a time at Juventus. We are focusing on Ajax now, then we will think about the remaining point we need to win the Scudetto as soon as possible. The Italian League is very difficult, few teams raise the bar when they face us. However, our mentality has been on a diffrent level this year and so we deserve the title.”

While there is optimism about Ronaldo and Cancelo’s availability, Giorgio Chiellini is dealing with a calf ailment that might force him to miss the first leg. Emre Can’s ankle sprain is not believed to be too severe, but it might still prevent him from playing on Wednesday. Douglas Costa should be called up after a lengthy absence.

Mario Mandzukic might face discipline from the League as the cameras caught him kicking Alessio Romagnoli while both were on the ground during the last game against Milan. A decision by the sports judge should come later today or tomorrow.

UPDATE: The striker was cleared as his conduct was not considered violent and therefore not worthy of a suspension.

Juventus stocks in Milan have surged constantly in the last month and yesterday they closed at €1,6 value per share, the second best data in their history after the €1.67 one registered on September 19th. After eliminating Atletico Madrid, the stock raised by 31,3%, Calcio e Finanza reports. The capitalization is now up to €1.6 billion.

The J Museum at the Stadium cracked the Italian top 50 ranking in 2018, finishing at 47th. It logged a new record with 183 thousand visitors, with a 1,4% spike from the previous year. It is set to shatter it as 147k people have already took the tour in the first few months on 2019.

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