Juventus will take on Milan in a midweek Coppa Italia away bout, where they will be looking to gain an edge in the first leg of an 180-minute contest that will be completed in three weeks, on March 4th. The Bianconeri fairly easily eliminated Sampdoria and Roma to get to the semi-finals. Their dominance in the domestic cup was interrupted last season, when they were knocked out early by Atalanta after taking home the trophy for four straight editions. A streak that allowed them to run away in the historical standings, as they were previously tied with Roma at nine. Continue reading
Atalanta: Josip Ilicic is dealing with some thigh soreness but there is optimism it is nothing serious. Timothy Castagne resumed practicing after some knee pain and Lennart Czyborra is available as well following a contracture. Tomas Sutalo will miss time with a navicular bone edema.
Bologna: Takehiro Tomiyasu is suspended. Nicola Sansone should be fine after some muscle fatigue and Stefano Denswil is on track to return from a thigh problem. Gary Medel (thigh) and Ladislav Krejci (knee) are poised to remain on the shelf.
Brescia: Mario Balotelli will finish serving his two-game suspension. Continue reading
In a tough day for the whole sports world, Juventus put out their worst and most unexplainable performances of the season in Naples, started playing only when the horse had already bolted and failed to take advantage of the enemies’ stumbles earlier in the day.
Leonardo Bonucci: the back-line was decent for about 70 minutes and the first goal did not come from a mistake by the defenders, but rather from Lorenzo Insigne having too much freedom to shoot from outside the box and Wojciech Szcesny rejecting it too centrally, although the save was not that easy. In the second, instead, which turned out to be very meaningful, Insigne was left alone in the box on a rebound and Matthijs De Ligt slightly deflected the shot, rendering pretty useless a pretty good outing up to that point. So the spot goes to the captain, only because somebody has to get it. Continue reading
Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri was back in front of the journos for another pre-game presser ahead of Saturday’s game against Lecce: “We do not have many available players right now, we were in 19 plus three goalies the other day. We will make some changes compared to how they came off from the previous match.”
On Mattia De Sciglio: “He has been practicing with the group for two or three days. He has been out since late August and he needs some time to be competitive physically. He has healed clinically.” Continue reading
Juventus: Aaron Ramsey and Douglas Costa are set to miss another one as they continue working their way back from thigh injuries. Mattia De Sciglio, instead, could make the squad list.
Juventus: Danilo is the only injured player returning, while Aaron Ramsey, Mattia De Sciglio and Douglas Costa need more time, even though the first two have resumed practicing fully.
Inter: Alexis Sanchez underwent surgery to repair some torn peroneal tendons in the left ankle and will miss up to three months. Danilo D’Ambrosio fractured a toe while with Italy and should be out for four weeks. Continue reading
Matthijs De Ligt talked about his mixed start in Italy in an interview with Dutch site Nu.nl: “The most important lesson I have learned so far at Juventus is that you need to have confidence in yourself. At the beginning, I was very worried about not making mistakes, but obviously you should never do that. I had never played before with that in my mind. My focus centred too much around that in the first few weeks. I took stock after the Atletico Madrid match, I wanted to resume performing with confidence. Something can always go wrong, but I am sure things will improve and I have started getting better from that day on.” Continue reading
Atalanta: Luis Muriel returned in Champions League from his tonsillitis and thus they have no injuries to worry about.
Bologna: Roberto Soriano is suspended, while Mitchell Dijks is trying to come back from a ribs contusion, but he has yet to resume practicing fully.
Cagliari: Charalampos Lykogiannis is dealing with some Achilles soreness, while Ragnar Klavan has some thigh muscle fatigue. They are iffy for the weekend. Christian Oliva and Simone Pinna are under the weather. Among these, only Oliva has been able to recover enough to be called up. Continue reading
Atalanta: Luis Muriel is dealing with tonsillitis and his recovery for the weekend is uncertain.
Bologna: Danilo could be back from his thigh strain in this round, while Mitchell Dijks is very likely to miss another one due to a rib injury.
Juventus issued an update on the two injured fullbacks on Wednesday: Danilo, after subbing off early in the Brescia game, has been diagnosed with a mild biceps femoris strain in the right left thigh, while Mattia De Sciglio, who has been out for ten days now, has not recovered yet from his muscular ailment. They have both been ruled till the next international break, which means that they will skip the upcoming matches against SPAL, Bayern Leverkusen and Inter. Juan Cuadrado, while adapted to that position, is the only right back standing. Emre Can and Merih Demiral have limited experience in that role if necessary. Continue reading