Juventus: Blaise Matuidi subbed off against Ajax due to a calf problem, but the injury is not believed to be severe. Emre Can (ankle) and Giorgio Chiellini (calf) will sit Saturday’s game too but they are not distant from returning. Juan Cuadrado is back after knee surgery, while Douglas Costa suffered a new calf problem. Miralem Pjanic, Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo have not been called up for rest purposes.
Napoli:Simone Verdiwas scatched late for the previous match due to muscle fatigue, but he was called up for the London trip. Raul Albiol (knee) and Amadou Diawara will miss another one, but at least of them could be back next week.
Inter: Marcelo Brozovic suffered a pull of the semitendinosus muscle in the right pull and will miss the Frosinone game and perhaps one more after that. Lautaro Martinez and Stefan De Vrij are set to be called up after being sidelined by thigh ailments. Continue reading →
Andrei Radu (7 points): there was just one clean sheet in this round and amazingly it was the top scoring offence, Juventus’ one, that got shackled, so the Genoa goalie was the only one to bring home seven points and he did not even had to sweat too much to do it.
Domenico Criscito (5 points): he gets the token spot for the Griffon’s back-line, which featured all the highest earners among defenders, for his diligent work on both phases. He has been a crossing machine after switching to left back. Continue reading →
Standings implications: Juventus dropped their first game in Genoa, while Napoli tamed Udinese and so the lead yo-yoes back to 15 points. Inter resurrected at the most opportune time and torpedoed Milan in the Derby della Madonnina, reclaiming the third spot. Roma did not take advantage as they had a poor showing in Ferrara. It was a good week for Lazio, as they demolished Parma, while Atalanta got stymied by Chievo and Torino came up empty-handed against Bologna. In the lower districts, mammoth wins for the Felsinei, SPAL and Empoli, who sunk Frosinone in the head-to-head bout. Udinese fell back in the mud, as they are now just two points above the Felsinei. Cagliari kept the opponents at bay with a precious W against Fiorentina.
Juventus: Sami Khedira underwent a heart ablation with an arrhythmogenic atrial focus and will miss a minimum of one month. Emre Can is suspended. Douglas Costa remains questionable with the quad injury that has forced to skip the last few games.
Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne is disqualified, while Mario Ruihas slim chances to return from a thigh pull.
Inter: Mauro Icardi took some tests this week, which revealed no structural damage on his achy knee, but he is still poised to be unavailable this week amid the standoff with the managament. Balde Keitais having a hard time shaking off a thigh strain. Continue reading →
Juventus are trying to solidify the balance sheets after the mammoth investment for Cristiano Ronaldo and, after the board of directors had approved it yesterday, the club announced the placement of €175M non-convertible bond due on February 19, 2024. The notes will be issued at a 99.434% price and will pay a fixed annual coupon of 3.375% and will be listed in the Global Exchange Market of Euronext Dublin.
Per the official statement, the decision aims at “providing resources for its general corporate purposes, streamlining the structure and the maturity of the debt.” The transaction attracted order in excess of €250M, receiving demands from Asia, Germany, France, UK and Italy. Continue reading →
Leonardo Bonucci gave a pretty interesting interview to Sky Sport yesterday: “I have matured, I am far more rational in what I do now, less instinctive. Life brings along some experiences that help you grow. I went through them on and off the pitch and I can say that I am better man now, certainly different from who I was in the past.”
On Ciro Immobile: “He is a great striker. We will have to use a prevent defense to deny him the space. He is lethal on rebounds, so we will have to contain him there.”
On his time at Milan: “There was a particular situation there, I was not my true self. But the past does not matter much now. Continue reading →
Juventus: Mario Mandzukic is trying to come back from high strain, but it might be too early. Miralem Pjanic and Joao Cancelo are dealing with minor calf ailments, while Sami Khedira has a sore knee: they are unlikely to be available this week, but the fullback has a shot. Medhi Benatia (groin), Andrea Barzagli (thigh) and Juan Cuadrado (knee) remain out.
Napoli: Marek Hamsik will return from a thigh strain, while Allan is experiencing some back pain and has been ruled out.
Inter: Balde Keita (thigh) will not be able to come back this week, while Sime Vrsaljko is under the weather and also nursing an achy knee. Matteo Politano is fatigued. Continue reading →
Cristiano Ronaldo ended his dispute with the Spanish law and settled yesterday his case for tax fraud by paying a €19M fine and accepting a 23-month suspended jail sentence. He will obviously avoid going to prison because a first offender can serve less than a two-year sentence under probation. The agreement was already arranged and his court appearance in Madrid lasted only 15 minutes. The prosecutor believed that the striker obtained significant income from image rights between 2011 and 2014 but failed to pay the taxes on that in his subsequent declarations. Ronaldo denied any wrongdoing but took the plea deal to avoid the trial. Continue reading →
This week was less headline-grabbing on the transfer market, but a ton of deals got done, especially involving the lower-table clubs. But let’s start off with some news pertaining the sports justice, which has had a leading role this summer. Parma and Emanuele Calaiò partially won their appeal: the club will no longer be deducted any point but will simply be fined, while the striker is suspended until December 31st, down from the initial two years, for sending some inappropriate texts that the prosecutor believed to have the purpose of fixing a match.
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 →