Cancelo comments on injury and teammates, Buffon speaks and Juventus ten year challenge

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Joao Cancelo recently spoke about the injury and the surgery that sidelined him for a month to Sky Sport: “It was a tough moment, I was fine both physically and mentally, but I tried to stay engaged by working hard to recover as soon as possible to help my teammates.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo: “We are close, he is a true champions, the best in the world in my opinion. He certainly improved the level of Juventus. He gives us a big hand on the pitch and truly makes a difference, that is why they signed.” Continue reading

Allegri: “We must not relax otherwise we can compromise everything”

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A rare Sunday presser for Massimiliano Allegri, since Juventus will play on Monday night: “It is the first Serie A game after the break, so it is different compared to the previous two one. We need to have a serious approach. They have lost just once since Domenico Di Carlo was appointed, with five draws and one win. They are a lively team, they re-found the enthusiasm to believe they can avoid the drop. It will be difficult but they will fight till the end. We have to respect them, play well, run a lot and possibly win the game.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo: “He does not need Duvan Zapata scoring four goals as motivation, he is self-stimulated, like all of us. We won the first trophy of the season, now we must commence the second half of the season well.” Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 20

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Samir Handanovic: Inter have managed to not concede in six straight games, versus Cagliari, Milan, Genoa, Frosinone, Udinese and Napoli. Sassuolo are a decent offensive team, but the Nerazzurri back-line has earned the benefit of the doubt at San Siro.

José Luis-Palomino: Atalanta will travel to Frosinone and therefore take on a side that has failed to hit the net in four of their last fixtures. The Orobici defenders are also always a menace on set pieces, so either the Argentinian, Rafael Toloi or Gianluca Mancini are worth considering in this round. Continue reading

Injury updates, Dybala and Sandro speak, Juventus continue fight 2006 Scudetto

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Medhi Benatia was supposed to start against Bologna, but he bowed out after the warm-ups and the club informed it was due to a thigh adductor ailment, whose severity was not fully disclosed but it will keep the defender on the mend for the Supercoppa as well. Daniele Rugani was not even on the bench due to a knock, but he resumed practicing partially yesterday and he and Joao Cancelo are in the squad list for Jeddah. The team has yet to issue an official update on Mario Mandzukic, but he is rumoured to be facing a three-to-four week absence with his thigh injury. Continue reading

Allegri: “Our season is on the line starting from Saturday”

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Massimiliano Allegri previewed yesterday the Saturday night Coppa Italia fixture with Bologna: “It is easy to motivate the squad because this is a goal of ours like Champions League, Scudetto and Supercoppa. Bologna is a difficult pitch and they will look to accomplish the feat of eliminating Juventus. We will have to approach the game in a professional way, knowing that there will be no re-match. We also have to prepare for Wednesday too. We have brought home few good wins thus far, but we have not won anything yet. Our season is on the line starting from Saturday.” 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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New Contract, Rejuvenated Alex Sandro

Earlier this week, Juventus reported that Brazilian fullback Alex Sandro signed a new and improved contract tying him down to the club until 2023. Until that point, Alex Sandro had been a shade of his former self and struggled for consistency down the left-hand side, with his teammate Joao Cancelo stealing much of the spotlight on the opposing wing.

There was also strong rumours coming from England linking the player with a move to the Premier League, with both Manchester clubs interested. Today against Roma, the 27-year-old put the rumours to bed and gave the Juventus faithful a glimpse of what they’ve been missing for the past season or so, marauding the left flank with ease.

With much of the focus on Cristiano Ronaldo on the left, Alex Sandro got forward to devastating effect and had the first real chance of the game. However, Roma keeper Robin Olsen got down nicely to parry it to safety from in close. The former Porto man would not stop there and continued his impressive performance by dribbling past the Roma midfield on another occasion. Sandro would carve out just enough space for himself inside the box to fire a powerful shot destined for the top corner. Again, however, Olsen proved to be a worthy match. Powering his way through the opposing defence it was clear Sandro was back to his very best.

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Allegri presser ahead of the Derby della Mole

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Massimiliano Allegri talked to the press earlier today for the customary pre-game rendez-vous: “Torino are doing well, it is a Derby and they have lost just thrice this year. They showed well against Milan. We need to have some continuity in this final four games, this is the start of the final push. It will be a difficult game, we will have to find the right energies.”

On the injured players: “Joao Cancelo’s knee buckled this morning, he will undergo surgery to remove a torn meniscus and he will return after the break. Juan Cuadrado has a knee problem too, he will be further evaluated to see if he needs to go under the knife. Emre Can and Leonardo Spinazzola are fine, Sami Khedira will come back next week.” Continue reading

Serie A Injury Report – Round 16

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Juventus: Joao Cancelo has a torn meniscus and will return after the break. Juan Cuadrado hyperextended his knee against Young Boys and he will not play in the weekend, while Medhi Benatia (knee soreness) has recovered. Rodrigo Bentancur is suspended, Sami Khedira will not come back from his ankle injury. Andrea Barzagli is out with a quad strain.

Napoli: Mario Rui subbed off against Liverpool due to a muscular injury that has yet to be evaluated, while Simone Verdi should make the squad list after being on the mend for a good chunk due to a pair of injury, the latest being an ankle sprain. Continue reading