Juventus resumed practicing yesterday after the Winter break and Joao Cancelo worked partly with the rest of the group, so his recovery from a meniscus removal is progressing as expected. He will likely be held out for the Coppa Italia match on Saturday, but he has a chance to be available for the Supercoppa, which will take place the following Wednesday. There were no updates with Andrea Barzagli, who has been dealing with a significant thigh strain for about three weeks, while Juan Cuadrado is ways away from coming back after his knee surgery. Continue reading
Defending Serie A champions Juventus kick off 2019 with a double header of cup action, and the chance to write another chapter of history in their recent dominance.
Max Allergi’s side face a trip to Bologna on January 12th, in the first leg of their last 16 tie of the Coppa Italia, and then on January 16th they take on AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup final.
The match has already attracted attention, albeit controversial, as the Italian FA have sanctioned the game to be played in Saudi Arabia, at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium, in Riyadh.
Juventus: Emre Can made the squad list, approximately two months after suffering the thyroid issue. Rodrigo Bentancur is dealing with a back problem, but he was called up. Alex Sandro (thigh) and Sami Khedira (ankle) have been ruled out, same for Andrea Barzagli, who is rumoured to have suffered a severe quad injury, and Moise Kean, who has some muscle fatigue.
Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli talked to La Stampa yesterday after an event to showcase his wine. He started off by commenting on whether the squad is at risk of relaxing after ten wins a row: “I don’t think so, we built a winning mentality in the last few years, we are always focused. We always want to prove our strength: winning every game is not easy, but we don’t want to stop.”
“On paper, this is the best Juventus I have played in, but we must prove it at the end of the season. On a technical level, it is the most complete, then we still have some room for improvement. We started off with great performances and the right spirit.” Continue reading
Massimiliano Allegri and Andrea Barzagli held the usual presser yesterday introducing the match versus Young Boys. Here is what the coach had to say: “It is a must win game, otherwise we would squander what we did in Spain. We need to have respect and determination because there is more physicality in Europe. It has to be one more step in our growth. Our opponent is in good form.”
On Giuseppe Marotta leaving: “I am sorry for it and it is only natural when a human and professional relationship breaks up.” Continue reading
Juventus cruised to another easy win on Wednesday against Bologna, where the first furious 15 minutes were enough to seal the deal.
Andrea Barzagli (5 points): the Felsinei did not pose much of a threat to begin with, having found the net only in one of their fixtures so far. Their lack of firepower was again on display at the Stadium, where they rarely threatened Mattia Perin is his first black-and-white start. So the back-line had an easy time stifling them and the returning veteran gets the nod because he will probably not have that many opportunities to play this season. He set the tone early with a pair of interceptions. He was coming off a calf pull and, as coach Massimiliano Allegri stated in the pre-game presser, old horses do not need a lot of practice to perform. Continue reading
A quick turnaround for Juventus and the rest of Serie A due to the midweek round. Coach Massimiliano Allegri spoke today to the press prior to the Bologna tilt and started off by weighing on Cristiano Ronaldo: “He is fine physically, he needs to keep playing and scoring and he will be suspended on Tuesday in Champions League, so he will play tomorrow.”
On the Frosinone match: “We played an excellent game, especially in the second half, with patience, quickness and lucidity. We need to get used to winning these tricky fixtures.” Continue reading
Massimiliano Allegri touched on several players in the usual pre-game presser: “Cristiano Ronaldo is big added value for Juventus, like his performances show. But the team does not depend only upon. There are always high expectations on him and he is very demanding with himself. He has nothing more to prove, he needs to play, have fun and score. He did well in the first half an hour in Valencia. What happened on Wednesday is water under the bridge.”
Sami Khedira bowed out from Valencia game after just 23 minutes and the test results confirmed a hamstring strain for the German World Champion. He is very unlikely to be available for the three matches that are coming up in the next seven days, against Frosinone, Bologna and Napoli, but he is also at risk for the fixtures against Young Boys and Udinese. The standard recovery time for this type of injury is three weeks, but Khedira has a delicate history on this front, so the staff might take a patient approach with him.
Due to the late departure of Claudio Marchisio, the Bianconeri are pretty thin in the midfield. Continue reading
Juventus: Sami Khedira and Mattia De Sciglio both pulled their hamstrings and are unlikely to be available for the upcoming three games. Douglas Costa was handed a four-game suspension in Serie A and got hurt in Valencia as well, but the test results have yet to be announced. Andrea Barzagli remains out with a calf problem.
Napoli: no significant updates on their long-term injured players, since Alex Meret and Faouzi Ghoulam are still working their way back from an arm and a kneecap fracture. Amin Younes could return sooner rather than later from an Achilles tear. Adam Ounas is out with muscle fatigue. Continue reading