Buffon returns on his farewell and Bernardeschi discusses being at Juventus

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Gianluigi Buffon participated to the TV show Tiki Taka and added some tidbits about his departure from Juventus, confirming it was a mutual decision: “I miss it, I do not want to say that it was my whole life, but it was certainly an important part of it. I lived it for 20 years, spending every ounce of sweat for the cause. However, there are moments when it is right look each other in the eyes, realize that it is time for something new and hug it out.”

“I understood it was over while talking amicably with the president, after such a long and stressful period, because being a Juventus player and captain wears you down even though it is an honor. Continue reading

Allegri’s presser ahead of the Fiorentina clash

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Massimiliano Allegri previewed today the Fiorentina tilt: “We will have to play well because the matches in Florence never end. Their squad will be pushed by the entire city, they will be fierce and will try everything to beat us. The first three teams will all play on the road in this round. It is not a trap game, but certainly a difficult one.”

On the midfield: “Rodrigo Bentancur still has some energy in him and will start, then we will evaluate the conditions of Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi. Juan Cuadrado could be used there, but we will see where they are at physically. Wednesday’s bout was intense and draining, we need mental and physical energies.” Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 14

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Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi is expected to be called up after shaking off an adductor problem, while Alex Sandro subbed off in Champions League because of a thigh issue that has not been disclosed yet, so he is questionable for the Fiorentina game. Sami Khedira (ankle) and Emre Can remain out for this week.

Napoli: Raul Albiol suffered a mild ankle sprain against Red Star Belgrade and he is at risk for the Monday game. After picking up the same injury, Amin Younes should be at the coach’s disposal, while Simone Verdi is set to skip another one, and likely few more, because his was more severe. Continue reading

Juventus injury updates, Spinazzola & Szczesny’s agents speak and recent fan poll

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Juventus started yesterday the preparation for the Fiorentina bout: Alex Sandro might miss the match after bowing out early against Valencia and his muscular problem will be evaluated in the next few days. Federico Bernardeschi practiced regularly, so he could be good to go after a month on the mend, while Emre Can trained partially, which is a good sign and respects the timetable recently indicated by coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Speaking of comebacks, Leonardo Spinazzola talked to the club’s TV yesterday: “I am fine, the knee is responding well and getting better by the day, then it depends on the workloads. It still hurts a little when I combine some movements, but it is normal and it is part of the rehab protocol.” Continue reading

Allegri’s presser ahead of Juventus-SPAL

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Coach Massimiliano Allegri previewed tomorrow’s clash with SPAL earlier today and begun by addressing the Balloon d’Or rumours: “I do not know anything about that. Cristiano Ronaldo is practicing well and would deserve it for what he has done.”

On Paulo Dybala scoring with Argentina: “It is a nice step for him. He is constantly improving, he started off very well this year, both physically and mentally. He has to keep it going, but that also depends on his desire. He is at his best when he plays almost as midfield, between the lines, knitting the maneuver. He tracks back to help his teammates and then feeds Mario Mandzukic and Ronaldo, who work less in the build-up.” Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 13

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Juventus: Federico Bernardeschi and Sami Khedira will not play this week because of an adductor issue and an ankle sprain. Miralem Pjanic should be available after a little muscular ailment with Bosnia. Emre Can is recovering from thyroid surgery. The two German players could return within a couple of weeks, the Italian winger sooner.

Napoli: Simone Verdi worked his way back from a thigh problem, but rolled his ankle in practice and could miss some time. Amin Younes has shaken off the Achilles injury, but he had the same problem of his teammate, even though his one is considered milder. Alex Meret is dealing with a sore shoulder on top of going through a bumpy rehab from a forearm fracture. Dries Mertens got a bruise in practice. Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 12

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Juventus: Sami Khedira (hamstring) and Mario Mandzukic (ankle) played in Champions League, while Douglas Costa was ruled out for another thigh problem, same for Moise Kean. They are unlikely to be available for the weekend. Federico Bernardeschi is questionable for the muscular ailment that has been bugging him for a while.

Inter:  Radja Nainggolan started against Barcelona, but he is still less than 100 percent because of the recent ankle sprain so he could be rested.

Napoli: Dries Mertens subbed off versus PSG because of a bruised shoulder, but he avoided further complications and should be good to go for the weekend. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Predictions – Round 12

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The next slate before another international break is pretty juicy.

Genoa-Napoli: the Griffon have not won in four games and the effects of the coaching change have not been palpable, since they continue to concede a lot. They lost twice in San Siro last week and the schedule does not do them any favor. The Partenopei easily romped Empoli last week and have won three out of their last four games, looking splendid at times. Krzysztof Piatek has not scored for four games in a row, which is unlikely to be a coincidence, and their last goals under Milan Juric have been pretty random, by Cristian Romero on a free kick, by Romulo on a penalty and by Daniel Bessa on a defensive mishap. Continue reading

Bonucci and Allegri introduce Juventus vs Manchester United

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Leonardo Bonucci and Massimiliano Allegri spoke yesterday evening to preview the game against Manchester United. The defender took the floor first: “It will be an important week for me and for Juventus. We can clinch the qualification with a win and that would mean reaching our first seasonal goal. After this game, we and I will think about the Milan match, another must-win one. It will be obviously be exciting to return to San Siro, but we are focused solely on Manchester now.”

On José Mourinho’s praise: “His compliments are obviously nice because they come from a great coach. What we achieved over the last few years is the result of the sacrifice and the work of everybody. Continue reading

Injury bug hits Juventus plus Ronaldo social media impact

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Juventus are going through a particularly unlucky period of time in terms of injuries and could be pretty short-handed in the next two games before the break, against Manchester United and Milan. Mario Mandzukic was ruled out late against Empoli because his ankle flared up again, while Giorgio Chiellini is trying to shake off a thigh pull. They were both able to practice fully on Monday, so they could be available.

On the other hand, Federico Bernardeschi rolled an ankle while he was recovering from some muscle fatigue and will take some tests in the next few days. Blaise Matuidi has a bruised hip and had to do some personalized work, while Joao Cancelo trained on his on because of a little strain in the left thigh flexor. Continue reading