Allegri’s presser ahead of Juventus-Genoa

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Massimiliano Allegri talked to the press today after the break to introduce the clash with Genoa and started off informing on the condition of his players: “They are fine, somebody has fewer minutes in his legs. Leonardo Spinazzola played an hour in a friendly. Mattia De Sciglio is okay, same for Douglas Costa. We hope to have Sami Khedira back for the second game against Manchester United here at home.”

On Paulo Dybala: “He is available to play, I will have to evaluate the form of the midfielders and then I will decide how many attackers to field. The only player who will rest for sure is Giorgio Chiellini.” Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 9

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Juventus: Paulo Dybala had a little scare with Argentina, but his knee is fine. Daniele Rugani nursed a rib fracture during the break and Leonardo Spinazzola has a chance to make the squad list. The only injured player is Sami Khedira, who is dealing with a hamstring strain.

Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne has picked up a minor injury and will not be available. Kalidou Koulibaly returned early from international duties because of muscle fatigue and he is likely to rest. Faouzi Ghoulam (kneecap fracture), Amin Younes (torn Achilles) and Alex Meret (arm fracture) are inching closer to a return but the could be held out for another week. Sebastiano Luperto is fatigued. Continue reading

Serie A Probable Lineups – Round 9

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Roma XI: 4-2-3-1 Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Santon; Nzonzi, Cristante; Under, Lo.Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Dzeko.

Potential lineup changes: Santon for Florenzi, Kluivert for Under.

Questionable: Pastore (calf).

Confirmed Out: Perotti (calf), Karsdorp (thigh), Kolarov (foot), De Rossi (foot), Schick.

 

SPAL XI: 3-5-2 Gomis; Cionek, Vicari, Bonifazi; Lazzari, Luiz, Schiattarella, Missiroli, Fares; Antenucci, Paloschi. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 9

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Here are the suggested players to select ahead of the next round.

Wojciech Szczesny: Juventus doesn’t have the easiest fixture defensively, going against Serie A’s leading scorer, but they have conceded only against Napoli in their last four games and picking their goalie is generally a sound idea when they play at home.

Cristiano Biraghi: the man of the hour as far as the Italian national team is concerned, he is coming off a glorious week. Fiorentina will host Cagliari, which has scored just once on the road so far, and Biraghi is always good for a bunch of crosses and shots throughout the 90 minutes. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 9

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Serie A returns with a pretty decent slate capped off by the mouth-watering Milan derby on Sunday night.

Roma-Spal: the Giallorossi have solved some of their initial problems and have put together a three-game winning streak, defeating Frosinone, Lazio and Empoli. The Estensi are going in opposite direction, since have suffered four straight losses, to Fiorentina, Sassuolo, Sampdoria and Inter, after a hot start. Eusebio Di Francesco seems to have found the right scheme for his men, a 4-2-3-1 with Lorenzo Pellegrini in the hole. The youngster has been remarkable filling in for the injured Javier Pastore, to the point that there is a real competition here. Continue reading

Paulo Dybala gets hurt, Nainggolan speaks about Juventus and Curva updates

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Paulo Dybala subbed off in the game against Brazil after 57 minutes and was spotted icing his knee on the bench. The Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni didn’t provide an update on the injury after the game and suggested that the substitution with Lautaro Martinez was made more for tactical reasons than for physical ones. According to Tuttosport, La Joya and the doctors reassured Juventus about the potential injury. The player will be better evaluated in Turin and was already a candidate to sit against Genoa considering the late return from international duties. Douglas Costa could end up starting right away after the end of his suspension. Continue reading

Juventus makes it to the top-20 list of sports brand in the world

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Juventus is one of the 20 biggest sports brand in the world, according to the Powa Index, and is currently in the 12th spot. The standing is topped by the NBA as a whole, which has 97,624 points. The first two football clubs are Real Madrid and Barcelona, which are ranked second and third. The following positions belong to the NFL, the Premier League, Manchester United, Champions League, La Liga, Arsenal, Liverpool, MLB and then the Turin-based side, with 39,933 points. The Bianconeri are above Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, the 2018 Fifa World Cup, Formula 1, the Indian Premier League of Cricket, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and the New England Patriots. Continue reading

Juventus have two records in sight

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Juventus have racked up ten wins so far, eight of them in Serie A, and will be aiming at putting together an all-time start when the domestic and the Champions League matches will resume on Saturday. The record was set by Milan in 1992, a legendary team that featured, among others, Franco Baresi, Roberto Donadoni, Zvonimir Boban, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Dejan Savicevic and Marco Van Basten and was managed by Fabio Capello. The Rossoneri collected 13 victories in a row in all competitions to open that season.

The Old Lady is also gunning for the record of longest winning streak to begin a year in Serie A alone, achieved by the Rudi Garcia-led Roma five seasons ago, when La Lupa prevailed in ten straight fixtures. Continue reading

Agnelli explains the origin of the Ronaldo coup plus Benatia speaks

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In the weekend, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli took part to an event in Trento, alongside UEFA head Aleksander Ceferin and Torino owner Urbano Cairo. Besides weighing in on the future landscape of European football and on the upcoming FIGC election, Agnelli explained how the idea of acquiring Cristiano Ronaldo was born: “We built this transfer through the years. Since 2010, the year when I was appointed as chairman, our roster improved increasingly, champion after champion. We were very strong even without Cristiano, then we put the cherry on top.” 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