Allegri, Bonucci, Dybala, Bernardeschi and Szczesny preview the Supercoppa

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Since the game is being held abroad and the coverage is enhanced, more players than usual talked ahead of the Supercoppa against Milan. Massimiliano Allegri spoke the club’s TV: “It will be a great night and we will be looking to bring home this cup that has eluded us few times recently. We have lost on penalties twice and once late against Lazio. It will be a good game between two storied franchises and with a trophy on the lead. In this type of games, the point-difference in the League does not matter. It will be a nice test for us to get things going after the break, and we have already started doing that in Bologna, but also to measure ourselves ahead of the clashes with Atletico Madrid.” Continue reading

Bernardeschi and Szczesny talk being at Juventus and more

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As they returned to Turin, the players resumed talking to the press. Federico Bernardeschi gave an interview to Sky Sport: “I found the squad in fine conditions after the break, we have two key games right away, where we can achieve two of our goals. We will surely approach them in the best possible way.”

“The Bologna match will not be easy for sure, it will be the first one after the pause, so it will be more demanding and we will need to be more careful than usual. Restarting immediately at the same levels is never easy. Continue reading

Szczesny and Allegri’s presser before the Young Boys game

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Wojciech Szczesny and Massimiliano Allegri talked to the press yesterday to preview the clash with Young Boys. Here is what the goalie had to say, starting with the synthetic pitch: “It makes a little difference, it is a quicker ground, but as far as I am concerned I would play even on sand if it was a Champions League fixture.”

On the game: “We expect it to be difficult, they created problems to both Valencia and Manchester United. We do have an excellent back-line, there is no disagreement there.”

On the top spot in the group: “It is essential, we deserve it and we have to confirm that today, so we can face the ballot with more serenity.” Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 14

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Wojciech Szczesny: the Polish goalkeeper has been a major contributor in two of the last three Juventus wins. They have the best scoring defense in the League, which usually tightens up in the more difficult matches, and will square off against a team that has failed to score more than once in their past seven fixtures.

Francesco Acerbi: Chievo are showing signs of improvements, but they have been dismal offensively so far, netting just ten total goals and finding the target only in three of their seven home games. Continue reading

Juventus injury updates, Spinazzola & Szczesny’s agents speak and recent fan poll

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Juventus started yesterday the preparation for the Fiorentina bout: Alex Sandro might miss the match after bowing out early against Valencia and his muscular problem will be evaluated in the next few days. Federico Bernardeschi practiced regularly, so he could be good to go after a month on the mend, while Emre Can trained partially, which is a good sign and respects the timetable recently indicated by coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Speaking of comebacks, Leonardo Spinazzola talked to the club’s TV yesterday: “I am fine, the knee is responding well and getting better by the day, then it depends on the workloads. It still hurts a little when I combine some movements, but it is normal and it is part of the rehab protocol.” Continue reading

Juventus Top Performers – Champions League – Round 5

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Mission accomplished for Juventus against Valencia, as the win clinched the qualification to the knock-out stage. However, Manchester United again spoiled the Bianconeri plans late, so they will have to garner some points in Bern too to secure the first spot. Here are the best player for each area.

Wojciech Szczesny: one of the greatest virtues of Gianluigi Buffon was the ability to make miraculous saves despite being challenged very little during the game. Sometimes for a goalie it is easier to perform well when he is under heavy pressure and asked to intervene multiple times, since you get in the zone in those situations. Continue reading

Allegri’s presser ahead of Juventus-SPAL

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Coach Massimiliano Allegri previewed tomorrow’s clash with SPAL earlier today and begun by addressing the Balloon d’Or rumours: “I do not know anything about that. Cristiano Ronaldo is practicing well and would deserve it for what he has done.”

On Paulo Dybala scoring with Argentina: “It is a nice step for him. He is constantly improving, he started off very well this year, both physically and mentally. He has to keep it going, but that also depends on his desire. He is at his best when he plays almost as midfield, between the lines, knitting the maneuver. He tracks back to help his teammates and then feeds Mario Mandzukic and Ronaldo, who work less in the build-up.” Continue reading

Serie A Match of the Round – Milan vs Juventus

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Milan-Juventus was the most anticipated match coming into the round and it did not disappoint, even though the score ended up being a little lopsided. As if there were not enough storylines already, one arose even before the start as Massimiliano Allegri elected to keep Leonardo Bonucci on the bench, sparing him a date with a very hostile environment. His replacement Medhi Benatia had a mixed performance.

The Bianconeri came into the game trying to maintain their lead over Napoli, which were victorious on Saturday, and looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss against Manchester United in Champions League. Milan had prevailed in five of their last Serie A fixtures, twice thanks to Alessio Romagnoli in the final minutes. Continue reading

Serie A Team of the Week – Round 12

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There are plenty of surprise appearances in the latest edition of the team of the week.

Wojciech Szczesny (7 points): just to highlight how painful it is to pick goalies and defenders, there was only a clean sheet this week, which arrived in an unpredictable spot and only because the Pole parried away a penalty by Gonzalo Higuain.

Alex Sandro (7 points): the Brazilian fullback deservedly gets the token spot for the whole Juventus back-line, which could have crowded the XI since Giorgio Chiellini and Joao Cancelo hauled in five points. Sandro topped them because he sent in a pinpoint cross to assist the first goal. Continue reading

Juventus Top Performers – Round 12

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Juventus partly learned their lesson and managed to put the game away, avoiding a tense final, even though they could have gone for the jugular earlier. With the win, Juventus set a new Serie A record for points after 12 matches. Here are the top performers for each position.

Wojciech Szczesny (7 points): if the defense managed to keep a clean sheet in a big spot, a lot of the credit goes to the goalie, who was masterful on the Gonzalo Higuain penalty, guessing the right direction and diving beautifully. He needed that after a blunder against Manchester United. Giorgio Chiellini had his usual strong performance, while Joao Cancelo was rather quiet until partaking to the final goal, where his shot was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma but led to Cristiano Ronaldo’s tap-in. Continue reading