Szczesny underlines importance of Napoli game and praises Sarri

Wojciech Szczesny addressed the Napoli clash in an interview with Sky Sport: “We have to face them twice and it does not matter where it falls on the schedule, it is a must-win game. Napoli bothered us in the last couple of years, we are looking forward to the match.”

On Maurizio Sarri: “His Napoli played well, now I can see that you have to work a lot under him and everything is pretty draining. I have been impressed by his impact on the squad. We practice a lot more with the ball, we also defend differently, with a high offside trap in order to press better. He insists a lot on the tactic. We had a lot of fun in the pre-season.” Continue reading

Juventus bring back Gianluigi Buffon

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Just a year after an emotional sendoff, Gianluigi Buffon is back in Turin. The legendary goalkeeper has agreed to a contract till June 2020 and will back up Wojciech Szczesny, reversing the roles from the 2017/2018 campaign. His signing will lead to the exit of Mattia Perin, who will move on to be a starter elsewhere.

Buffon had an up-and-down year in Paris, splitting time with Alphonse Areola on goal: he totaled 25 appearances, conceding 25 goals and keeping nine clean sheets. The French club won the league title, but fell short in the Champions League against Manchester United in the round of 16.  Continue reading

Klopp and Sarri address Juventus rumours and Szczesny has surgery

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Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri, two candidates for the Bianconeri job, were asked about it yesterday; the Liverpool manager replied: “Serie A is very attractive league, but all the rumours of the last few days linking me to Juventus are rubbish. There is no truth to them: I would never leave Liverpool, there are no reasons to. Italy is a nice country and Serie A is a good league that I know and find interesting.”

The former Napoli coach was instead coyer: “I just want to focus about the Europa League final, I have two years left on my contract with Chelsea, so I will have to speak with the club first, but now it is not the moment. We want to win. I do not think its result will impact my future, the judgement on a coach can not change based on one game.” In the last week, he has been considered the clear frontrunner by the Italian press. Continue reading

Dybala wishes to stay and Allegri’s presser

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Paulo Dybala talked to the journalist at an Adidas event yesterday, backtracking from his brother recent remark’s about being unhappy at Juventus: “He speaks for himself. I have discussed with Fabio Paratici, he knows that I want to continue playing with Juventus. Then it is not up to me, the management will make his choices based on the new coach’s ideas, but I want to stay.”

On the new coach: “I believe even the executives do not even know yet, I hope he will be a great one in order to win everything. That is the most important thing, then the fans want to see good football and few managers are capable in that area. We have thanked and greeted Massimiliano Allegri, we are very grateful for what he has done.” Continue reading

Paratici, Barzagli and Allegri comment after winning awards

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Juventus’ coaching search rages on in Italy and the sporting director Fabio Paratici chimed in after receiving the Gentleman’s award: “We need to be patient, we are making our evaluations, but we have clear ideas in mind. I feel the pressure from the fans, but it is really a pleasure. I am a supporter first and then an executive. Players like Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli and Andrea Pirlo are heroes, they are the champions I was the most attached to. I think this accolade suits my club in every aspect, from the first team to the youth ones. I have had the massive fortune of working in a top club, where there are big possibilities and you get to work with great footballers.” Continue reading

Juventus Top Performers – Round 37

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In the Atalanta game, Juventus managed to defend home court with the help of a strong second half and a futuristic line-up, closing the season undefeated at the Stadium.

Wojciech Szczesny: the defense was subpar, which has been the case since the title was clinched, especially on set pieces, which is were Josip Ilicic punished the Old Lady. The goals could have been more if the Polish goalkeeper did not have few great saves: on Remo Freuler and Duvan Zapata’s attempts in the first half and on wicked free kick by the Slovenian attacker in the second half. Andrea Barzagli struggled to keep up with the Colombian striker, but far younger centre-backs have done the same this year and obviously it does not take anything away from his terrific services over the year. Alex Sandro had a rough day at the office and had to be taken out to avoid a red card, as he was too foul prone. Joao Cancelo benefitted from the squad’s offensive mentality and brought his crossing and playmaking to the table. Continue reading

Juventus Top Performers – UCL Quarterfinals Return Leg

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Juventus disappeared in the second half and got played off the park by the hipster Ajax, once again ending the European campaign in bitter fashion.

Wojciech Szczesny: he kept the Bianconeri from drowning even earlier after intermission with two stunning saves, firstly on a one-on-one with Hakim Ziyech, where he stayed up until the very last possible moment and perfectly stabbed his arm out, then a great dive to pull a Donny Van De Beek curled shot out of the top drawer. An outstanding bulwark, but ultimately the goalie can do only so much when the opponents create so many chances and the two goals where a bit random and uncatchable. It is hard not to get bamboozled from Ajax’s quick passing game in narrow spaces and while the back-line obviously struggled as a whole, no defenders had blatant mistakes and mostly paid the price for the squad being unable to control the ball and the rhythm. They got run over by a much more energetic side. Continue reading

Serie A Match of the Round – Juventus vs Milan

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Few tilts were high-scoring and intense up until the final whistle in this round and Juventus-Milan was the most meaningful one out of the bunch. The Bianconeri came into the game looking to get closer or possibly clinch the title with an advantageous combination of results that would have to start with a win, while the Devil were seeking to rebound after three unsatisfactory results, as they had recently lost to Sampdoria and Inter and tied with Udinese.

The Old Lady recuperated and started both Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic, but opted to rest Giorgio Chiellini and Miralem Pjanic. Continue reading

Cagliari game fallout, Mandzukic renews and Szczesny speaks

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The events during the Cagliari game had a big echo throughout the football worlds, with few players coming in the support of Moise Kean and scolding Leonardo Bonucci, who said that the starlet shared some of the blame for his celebration. The centre-back then backtracked on an Instagram post. The sports judge will issue his ruling on Friday, but today’s Gazzetta dello Sport anticipates that the Sardinia Arena will not be disqualified and that Cagliari will get away with a fine. The federal inspectors noted the racist chants only after the goal and deemed them as a reaction to a provocation, even though some videos evidenced that some slurs preceded it. Furthermore, they said their was contained to 40-50 people, which caps the punishment according to the rules. Continue reading

Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 29

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Wojciech Szczesny: the Juventus back-line has not been super robust in the last few games, so they will be looking to course correct against Empoli, which have had troubles producing on the road.

Jens Larsen: Udinese could benefit from the new coach’s bump against Genoa, which is not a particularly productive side anyway, while the Zebrette posted okay numbers at home. The fullback has often been able to pick up bonus points at the Friuli stadium. Continue reading