Allegri’s presser before Genoa-Juventus

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Coach Massimiliano Allegri previewed the clash with Genoa with the press earlier today: “We must balanced in this moment. We pulled off something extraordinary on Tuesday, it was a special, great an important night. We must celebrate it, but once that is done we must dive back into Serie A because there four games before the quarterfinals.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo: “He will not be suspended in Champions League. Otherwise they will have to disqualify the whole stadium. I see it as a regular celebration. He will stay home tomorrow, he needs to recover because he has played a lot. He will also feature with Portugal during the break.” Continue reading

Allegri scoffs at rumours ahead of Juventus-Udinese

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri held the usual pre-game presser earlier today and did not mince words on the recent rumours about his future, while also addressing the Udinese match and giving hints about the lineup.

“We have to take home few more win regardless of our advantage. We are 18 points, six victories away from the title. Paulo Dybala has been dragging a knock on the foot since the first clash with Atletico Madrid, Mario Mandzukic has a sore knee. Cristiano Ronaldo, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini will start on the bench. Joao Cancelo and Miralem Pjanic are suspended. Douglas Costa is visibly improving, not for tomorrow but for Tuesday. Continue reading

Chiellini rallies the troops ahead of Napoli clash

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Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini spoke to Sky Sport yesterday afternoon: “The away games in Champions League take a toll mentally and physically and it was not easy to play in another road match right away. We were not scintillating in Bologna, but we got the job done. The loss in Madrid was heavy, but we recovered. The fixture with Napoli will be great, they made us sweat in the last few years.”

“We think a little about the second leg with Atleti every day, but we will focus solely on that after the next two matches. We want to seal the deal in Serie A and prove that we deserve to be top of the league with this gap. I think it is a fair one. Continue reading

The squad returns to practice, Juventus hire new executive and miss out on Todibo

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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

Juventus chasing history in the Italian Super Cup

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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.

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Serie A Injury Report – Round 15

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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.

Napoli: Simone Verdi will remain on the mend because of an ankle sprain, while Adam Ounas missed the last game with a minor muscular ailment. Alex Meret should be ready to start. Continue reading

Barzagli talks Ronaldo, Juventus mentality and ambitions plus injury updates

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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

Allegri and Barzagli speak before Juventus-Young Boys

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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 Top Performers – Round 6

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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

Allegri talks ahead of Bologna-Juventus

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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