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 →
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 →
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 Lukakureturning 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 →
Wojciech Szczesnyaddressed 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 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 →