Sarri gets phylosophical is presser before Supercoppa

Double presser for Juventus in Riyadh ahead of the Supercoppa Italiana against Lazio. Leonardo Bonucci took the floor first: “The recent loss against them taught us that details and episodes can make all the difference.  We could have sealed it and then few things turned against us and allowed them to prevail. We are aware we will be facing a team that is in great form, but we are trending positively too. We are hopeful for tomorrow, our target is always the maximum one.” Continue reading

Sarri discusses tactics in pre-Sampdoria presser

Another game, another presser for coach Maurizio Sarri, who started off by addressing the chances of fielding the trident again: “I want to see the conditions of the players first, we played 48 hours ago. We had just a light practice yesterday to recuperate some energies. So I truly do not know right now.”

On the schedule: “Everybody say that I complain a lot. This is how they decided, so we roll with it. Maybe the mistake was making Lazio play on Monday, perhaps they could have played their Serie A game Wednesday like we do. But that is neither here nor there at this point.” Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 16

Wojciech Szczesny: the Juventus back-line has not been stout in the last two matches, allowing multiple goals for the first time this season, but they might be able to rectify things in the Udinese clash, since the opponents are tied for the least goals scored in the season. The goalie instead has been superb so far.

Aleksandar Kolarov: he has not scored or assisted in five straight rounds, which is odd for him, and he could be due to bounce back in a plum match-up against SPAL. Since Gianluca Mancini is suspended and Chris Smalling is banged up, he is slated to be Roma’s most appealing defender versus a team that has found the target just once in away matches. Continue reading

Juventus Top Performers – Round 15 vs Lazio

Juventus brought something close to their A-game in the first half of the Saturday night game, but the game took a turn for the worst right before intermission and they ultimately, down to ten men, they could not contain a superb Lazio team, suffering the first loss of the season

Wojciech Szczesny: every defender had their fair share of troubles in this one, but the Polish goalie at least kept the score close for a while with an outstanding double save on a Ciro Immobile penalty and the subsequent rebound. He tried his best not to foul Joaquin Correa there but still brough him down and was hung out to dry by his teammates on the other two goals. Continue reading

Juventus Top Performers – Round 12 vs Milan

More of the same from Juventus against a very game Milan, as the Bianconeri were unable to take control of the game and were forced to defend a lot, but the depth of the roster and the quality of the substitutions came to the rescue once again, this time through the angel face of Paulo Dybala.

Wojciech Szczesny (7 points): the fact that the goalie was the co-best player is pretty telling about how the match unfolded. He pulled off a sensational save on a Lucas Paqueta header in the first half and then he was supremely focused on all the attempts from long-range, which he never batted away centrally.  Continue reading

Sarri rules out De Ligt and assesses his time in Turin

Maurizio Sarri updated on Matthijs De Ligt’s status and weighed in on Gonzalo Higuain and their journey up to this point in the pre-game presser ahead of the tilt against Lokomotiv Moscow.

“Seeing some growth out of the team and reaching the next stage are goals that go hand-in-hand. You do not collect points in Europe if you do not play well. It will be a difficult game, they gave us fits it the first contest. We want to secure the qualification, then aim at the first place in the following one, but they are still in the running. We have to focus on our performance to get the result we want.” Continue reading

Juventus players talk ahead of Derby della Mole

Some Bianconeri linchpins spoke to the press yesterday in preparation for today’s Derby della Mole. Leonardo Bonucci gave an interview to La Stampa: “It will be a very difficult and balanced game. After a strong start, the Granata are going through a critical moment and the loss with Lazio was tough, but the Derby is always a match of his own: they will throw everything at use, but we must spring towards Scudetto.”

On Maurizio Sarri: “I could not believe he was coming here until I saw him sign. Everything is still in front of us, we want this year to be historic. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 11

Wojciech Szczesny: the Juventus back-line has given up few cheap goals, but never more than once since the last round , which at least does hurt fantasy owners, and, statistically, it is still the second-best in the Peninsula. Torino have failed to hit the net in three of the last four games.

Marash Kumbulla: the young defender has been a revelation so far and he has been the leader of what has been quite surprisingly Serie A’s stoutest defence so far, allowing just eight goals so far. Brescia have not scored more than once since the third round. Continue reading

Juventini up for France Football awards plus soundbites

France Football released their lists for the annual awards on Monday, which feature few Juventus players. Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs De Ligt are in the running for Balloon d’Or, joined by Kalidou Koulibaly as the only other Serie A representatives. According to the bookmakers, the Portuguese ace is a long-shot to win it as Virgil Van Dijk and Lionel Messi are the clear frontrunner sand a pair of other Liverpool players are also in the mix around his same odds. Continue reading

Serie A Match of the Round – Inter vs Juventus

The best game on paper going into the round turned out to be a riveting contest and therefore Inter-Juventus easily gets the nod this weekend.

The Beneamata had a perfect record prior to Sunday, while the Old Lady had dropped two points so far. Antonio Conte confirmed his standard lineup, with Romelu Lukaku returning after missing one with a quad problem. Maurizio Sarri picked Paulo Dybala up front and Federico Bernardeschi in the hole instead of the predicted Aaron Ramsey. Continue reading