Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici received yesterday the Manlio Scopigno Award and talked to the press in that occasion, starting with his new leading role: “Operating behind the scenes suited me, not just because of corporate choice, but due to my character. Things will change now, but I will keep working to make Juventus more competitive. I share this award with my co-workers and I dedicate it to Giuseppe Marotta, who groomed me and taught me a lot. I will forever be thankful for what he has done.”
Juventus trucked Young Boys on Tuesday, picking up their second win in Champions League and later taking control of the group since Manchester United and Valencia shared the spoils. Here are the best players for each position.
Leonardo Bonucci (9 points): this fixture was not expected to be a big test for a back-line, even though the Bern-based club is running amok in its domestic league, and it was indeed not challenged much by the opponents. Juventus defended with ease throughout the 90 minutes, allowing just one or two minor chances. 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.”
Juventus’ payroll had a sizeable increase during the summer, mainly because of the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is by far the highest earner in Serie A with his €31M net salary. The club’s expenses in players’ wages raised from €150,59 in 2017/2018 to the current €219,23M, as revealed today by La Gazzetta dello Sport. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner boosted Serie A to new overall record: €1.129B gross, narrowly beating the 2011 data.
Ronaldo is now the third most paid player in the world, behind Lionel Messi (€46M) and Neymar (€36M). In Turin, behind the Portuguese star, Paulo Dybala earns €7M per year, now followed by Miralem Pjanic, who recently extended and improved his contract. Continue reading
Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to forgo the upcoming Portugal games to stay in Turin and work on his conditioning and his adaptation to the new scenario. The ex-Real will not only miss a friendly against Croatia, but will also not feature in the Navigators’ Nations League debut versus Italy. The striker started to practice regularly with his new club only on July 30th due to the World Cup run and played only one pre-season friendly. He looked pretty good physically in the first three games of the season, but he has yet to score and coach Fernando Santos confirmed that the decision was made to help his transition to Juventus and Serie A. Continue reading
A couple of games in the first round were intense and high scoring: Parma-Udinese deserves an honourable mention, especially because the Friulani did not give up after the two-nothing goal, but Chievo-Juventus was undoubtedly the most compelling match. On Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut in Serie A, two other players shined brightest: Emanuele Giaccherini and Federico Bernardeschi.
As for the line-ups, Massimiliano Allegri opted for a very offensive 4-4-2 with Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala upfront, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa on the flanks and Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira in the midfield. Continue reading
Few other Italian league protagonists were eliminated from the World Cup in the round of 16. Among those, the most recognizable one is Juan Cuadrado, who had a satisfying campaign in Russia. The winger is a mainstay in Colombia’s line-up and delivered with a pair of solid performances.
He was a victim of the circumstances against Japan, but then was very spry in the two wins over Poland and Senegal, which granted Los Cafeteros the qualification to the second stage. He punished his teammate Wojciech Szczesny keeping his aplomb in a one-on-one after a quick solo counter-attack. Continue reading
Juventus have acquired Joao Cancelo from Valencia for 40M, the club announced on. The 24-year-old right back has agreed to a five-year contract. He spent the last season on loan at Inter, where he became an integral part of the formation in the second half of the season, but the Nerazzurri, which have to deal with the constraints of the Financial Fair Play, opted not to pick up the €35M option to buy him permanently.
The Portuguese’s first year in Italy started slowly, due to an early MCL sprain and a slow adaptation to the new league and to Luciano Spalletti’s tactics. Continue reading
In their latest video, Nicholas Carroll and Chloe Beresford pick their most impressive players following matchday 2 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Here are the updates on the health of few players.
Juventus: Juan Cuadrado is suspended, while Stefano Sturaro and Mattia De Sciglio were in the squad list for the Coppa Italia final, so they have shaken off a foot and an Achilles injury. Giorgio Chiellini and Benedikt Howedes should remain out due to thigh injuries, but they have been called up.
Napoli: Faouzi Ghoulam made a surprise return to the squad list last week after a lengthy recover for a pair of serious knee injuries. Vlad Chiriches and Adam Ounas have been ruled out late. Continue reading