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

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