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COVID-19: Lazio Squad Under Quarantine After Positive Tests
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COVID-19: Lazio Squad Under Quarantine After Positive Tests

The SS Lazio announces that from the tests yesterday, Friday 30/10, some members of the team group tested positive for molecular swabs. Based on these results, the entire team will repeat the checks today in order to identify the players that can be used in tomorrow's match between Turin and Lazio. The subjects tested positive were placed in home isolation while the team will observe a period of quarantine under active surveillance by the medical staff.
200 Italian Police Arrest Nigerian Mafia Gangsters
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200 Italian Police Arrest Nigerian Mafia Gangsters

More than 200 police took part in a major operation against the Nigerian mafia in Italy on Wednesday led by the flying squads of Turin and Ferrara. Police made dozens of arrests against the Nigerian mafia organization called Arobaga Vikings or Norsemen Kclub International, organized into local cells called Decks and present in many Italian cities. National leaders of the mafia, which deals mainly in prostitution and drug trafficking were arrested. They included 50-year-old Emmanuel Okenwa aka 'Boogye', an AfroBeat DJ and the self-styled "King of Ferrara". In all, 31 people were arrested in Ferrara. A further 43 were taken into custody in Turin, including several women who allegedly ran prostitution rackets. Bologna preliminary investigations judge Gianluca Petragnani ...
Ronaldo didn’t try to talk Pjanic out of Barcelona move
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Ronaldo didn’t try to talk Pjanic out of Barcelona move

A fresh face at Camp Nou claims a former team-mate at Juventus was pleased for him when the opportunity to head for Catalunya came about Cristiano Ronaldo did not try and talk Miralem Pjanic out of a move to Barcelona despite the Juventus superstar boasting strong ties to Real Madrid. A five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent two seasons playing alongside Pjanic in Turin. The Bosnian midfielder was, however, to become the subject of a trade agreement involving Brazil international Arthur.
Morata set for Juventus medical ahead of loan return with €45m option to buy from Atletico Madrid
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Morata set for Juventus medical ahead of loan return with €45m option to buy from Atletico Madrid

The 27-year-old enjoyed two productive seasons in Turin and is now set to join former team-mate Andrea Pirlo's rebuild at the club Alvaro Morata is on the verge of completing a return to Juventus from Atletico Madrid, sources have confirmed to Goal. The 27-year-old, who played for Juve from 2014-16, should undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of an initial loan move. Juventus are set to pay a loan fee of €9 million (£8m/$11m), with an option to buy for €45m (£41m/$53m).
Napoli new boy Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A
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Napoli new boy Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A

Gennaro Gattuso's side travel to Turin to face the reigning league champions for their matchday three on October 4 New Napoli signing Victor Osimhen is looking forward to playing against Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo in his maiden Serie A campaign. After a scintillating debut season for Lille, where he scored 13 goals in 27 Ligue games, the Super Eagles striker is ready to have another experience against "one of the greatest players on earth". Osimhen’s Napoli visit Gervinho's Parma for their opening league outing on Sunday but the 21-year-old also has his sights set on the trip to Allianz Stadium on October 4.
Juventus put Douglas Costa up for sale following injury woes
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Juventus put Douglas Costa up for sale following injury woes

Manchester United are one of the clubs linked with the Brazil international, whose physical problems are set to see him forced out of Turin Juventus have elected to put attacker Douglas Costa up for sale due to the Brazilian’s persistent problems with injury, Goal can confirm. Manchester United are set to have their ears pricked by this news, as they have been closely linked with the 29-year-old wideman in the past, but the more persistent interest has come from clubs in the UAE. The player, however, is not keen on departing Juve as he wishes to prove himself at a club he joined in 2017, initially on loan, following a two-year stint in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.
Juventus ready to listen to offers for Dybala
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Juventus ready to listen to offers for Dybala

The Argentine struggled for form last term and been deemed surplus to requirements in Turin Juventus are willing to sell Paulo Dybala, although they are still waiting for an official bid to be made. The Serie A champions have received enquiries about the Argentine's availability this summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham having been linked with an interest in the past. In addition, there have been reports that Juve are keen on Romelu Lukaku – Inter's top transfer target – leaving open the possibility of a potential swap deal with the Red Devils.
‘He has to consider his options’ – Rugani agent hints at Juventus exit
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‘He has to consider his options’ – Rugani agent hints at Juventus exit

Four months after signing a new long-term deal with the Old Lady, the defender's agent has confirmed that he could be on the way out of Turin Daniele Rugani's agent has confirmed the Juventus defender is considering his options after falling further down the pecking order. The 24-year-old started 19 matches in all competitions last season, but opportunities are expected to be even harder to come by next season following the recent arrivals of defensive pair Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral. Roma and AC Milan have both been linked with Rugani, who has previously worked under new head coach Maurizio Sarri at Empoli, and the Italy international's agent has discussed the possibility of a move away from Turin.
Benfica postpone Perin transfer after Juventus keeper fails medical
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Benfica postpone Perin transfer after Juventus keeper fails medical

The shot-stopper faces up to four months on the sidelines as his shoulder injury was discovered to be more serious than previously thought Benfica has confirmed that they will not be completing the signing of Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin in the current transfer window due to a failed medical. Perin, 26, had been set to join the Portuguese giants this week following a single season in Turin. The two clubs agreed on a fee worth a reported €15 million (£13.5m/$16.8m), with Perin himself describing the opportunity as an "exciting adventure".
Legendary Captain Gianluigi Buffon Returns To Juventus
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Legendary Captain Gianluigi Buffon Returns To Juventus

After a year away from Turin, Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Juventus, after penning in a one-year contract which will tie him to the club until 30 June 2020. Buffon originally signed for the Bianconeri on 3 July 2001 and went on to make 656 appearances over 17 years, winning nine Serie A titles and four Coppa Italias. He left Juventus and went to Paris on 19 May 2018. After a year with Paris Saint-Germain, where Gigi registered saves on 73,5% of his attempts, won 13 of 17 games played in Ligue 1, and added a French league title along with a Super Cup to his incredible trophy cabinet, Gigi has officially returned to Juventus. The 41-year-old becomes Juve’s third signing of the summer
Maurizio Sarri Officially Unveiled As New Juventus Manager
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Maurizio Sarri Officially Unveiled As New Juventus Manager

Maurizio Sarri has officially been unveiled as the new manager of Juventus, in a press conference in Turin, earlier today. He stated that returning to Italy to manage Juventus is the 'crowning achievement of a long career' after a year in charge of Chelsea. He said: “Juventus gave me that opportunity and it’s the crowning moment of a career that for 80 per cent of it was extremely tough. I feel that I have respected everyone and I gave my all. “When Juventus contacted me, the sensation was strong. I’ve never seen a club so determined to get a Coach in my 30 years here and that is what convinced me. “I think we have a long path ahead of us. I was talking to the President about structures and organisation. Going around English stadiums, you realise how inadequate our arena...
Nigerian Man Caught With Drugs In Italy Bites Off Policeman’s Finger
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Nigerian Man Caught With Drugs In Italy Bites Off Policeman’s Finger

A Nigerian who was caught with drugs in Turin on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, reportedly bit off Italian policeman's ring finger after taken to the police station. The 23-year-old Nigerian man who had drugs in his pocket at the Di Vittorio gardens in the Mirafiori area on Tuesday, attacked the agent who was photographing him for processing and reportedly bit off the phalanx of the policeman's left ring finger. Sharing the story on his Twitter handle to ramp up his anti-immigrant rhetoric, Italy's far-right Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini wrote; "No tolerance for the delinquents. I am happy that the Security Decree works. The Nigerian may be expelled thanks to the Security Decree, which allows for the removal of asylum seekers who commit crimes and who are not entitled to protection."...
Croatian striker, Mario Mandzukic Signs new two-year Deal Until 2021
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Croatian striker, Mario Mandzukic Signs new two-year Deal Until 2021

Croatian striker, Mario Mandzukic has signed a new contract at Juventus that will keep him with the Serie A champions until 2021. The 32-year-old who has scored 43 goals in 159 appearances in all competitions since joining the club from Atlético Madrid in 2015, signed the deal this afternoon in Turin. Mandzukic who teams up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala to form a deadly attacking trio for Juventus is the club’s second-leading scorer in Serie A behind Ronaldo, recording eight goals and six assists in 23 appearances so far this season.
Paul Pogba Made Phone Call To Juventus About Manchester United Exit
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Paul Pogba Made Phone Call To Juventus About Manchester United Exit

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba made a phone call to Juventus in a bid to secure his exit, according to reports. Pogba quit Old Trafford for Juventus back in 2012 and, during his four years in Italy, helped the club win four Scudettos in succession. He then returned to Manchester United in the summer of 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89million but, nearly three years on, rumours of a move to Turin are refusing to go. The Frenchman struggled for form earlier this season under Jose Mourinho. MySportDab reports Pogba had a difficult relationship with the former United manager, with Mourinho appearing to loath the player’s life outside of football. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, he has been resurgent. And According to Italian Newspaper TuttoSport, desp...
Cristiano Ronaldo Broke My Dreams Many Times –  Giorgio Chiellini
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Cristiano Ronaldo Broke My Dreams Many Times – Giorgio Chiellini

Juventus captain, Giorgio Chiellini has said that fellow teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo broke his “dreams many times – in Cardiff, Madrid and Turin”. Ronaldo led Real Madrid during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu to defeat Juventus on several occasions in the Champions League encounter. The 33-year-old scored twice for Real Madrid against Juventus in the Champions League final in 2017. He also scored three goals in two games against Max Allegri’s side last season. Chiellini admitted that the Portuguese captain had left him heartbroken over the years. “Cristiano scored many, many, many times against us and he broke my dreams many times – in Cardiff, in Madrid, in Turin,”Chiellini was quoted by Express UK as saying. “Before, the Champions League was a dream. “Now it is a...
Ronaldo Resumes Training Ahead Of Spal Clash
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Ronaldo Resumes Training Ahead Of Spal Clash

Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo trains prior to the Italian Serie A football match Udi-nese Calcio vs Juventus FC at the Dacia Arena stadium in Udine on October 6, 2018. Miguel MEDINA / AFP Cristiano Ronaldo gets back to business for Italian champions Juventus against SPAL on Saturday after missing Portugal’s qualification for the Nations League semi-finals amid reports he has been snubbed for the final three in the Ballon d’Or award. The 33-year-old Ronaldo has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or five times but could be excluded from the top three, with the winner to be revealed in Paris on December 3. Ronaldo was rested from Portugal’s last four internationals as they became the first team to qualify for the Nations League finals. During the international break Rona...
Champions League: How Ronaldo Reacted After Juventus Loss To Man Utd
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Champions League: How Ronaldo Reacted After Juventus Loss To Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo declared Wednesday night that Manchester United “did nothing to deserve” their shock 2-1 win over Juventus in Turin. Ronaldo appeared to have sealed the game for his team, only for Juan Mata’s free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal to gift United all three points late on. Speaking after the match, Ronaldo stated that Juventus gifted three points to the Red Devils. “The Champions League is a special competition, where you could be winning, but can’t relax, as anything can happen,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia. “We dominated the game for 90 minutes, had so many chances, could’ve killed it off three or four times, but we relaxed and were punished. “Manchester United did nothing to win the game. You can’t even talk about luck, because you have to find your ...
Juventus Ready To Bring Back Pogba
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Juventus Ready To Bring Back Pogba

Juventus are ready to make a move to bring Paul Pogba back to the club from Manchester United during the January transfer window, claims Calciomercato. Pogba The France international midfielder continues to see his future in England called into question following an apparent breakdown in his working relationship with Jose Mourinho. Those in Turin are hoping to take advantage of that situation, with a package being pieced together for their top winter target.
Ronaldo, Higuain Top Highest-paid Players In Serie A
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Ronaldo, Higuain Top Highest-paid Players In Serie A

  Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the highest-paid player in Serie A. Ronaldo, who completed a €100m move to the Bianconeri from Real Madrid in the summer, earns three times more than anyone else in Italy’s top-flight. Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed the wages of all Serie A players and it showed that the Portugal captain earns €31million (£28m/$36m) per season. Gonzalo Higuain, who joined AC Milan from Juve after Ronaldo arrived in Turin, is the next best paid, raking in €9.5million (£9m/$11m) per season. After Higuain, it is fellow Argentine attacker and Juventus star, Paulo Dybala on €7m (£6m/$8m), with Miralem Pjanic not far behind on €6.5m.
Allegri: ‘Football Is A Simple Game, I Don’t Spend Hours Watching Videos’
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Allegri: ‘Football Is A Simple Game, I Don’t Spend Hours Watching Videos’

The Coach was asked about his approach to his job, and revealed a more laid-back attitude than some of his colleagues. “I’m not someone who spends 26 hours thinking about a game,” Allegri told GQ Italia. “I always say there are trained Coaches and natural Coaches. I’m one of the natural ones. “I don’t have to watch videos for hours and hours, I look at what I need to look at, and within a quarter of an hour I understand what I can understand. “If I spend all day watching videos, by the end I won’t understand anything… “Football is simple, lads. It’s pointless complicating it, it’s simple. On the pitch you have to do the opposite of what your opponent does. “If your opponent moves toward you, you move back. If you move back, I’ll go forward. The end. People want to make it harder than...
Daniele Baselli Apologizes For Seeing Red
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Daniele Baselli Apologizes For Seeing Red

Paulo Dybala had already put Juve 1-0 up on the night when Baselli received two easily avoidable bookings in quick succession. The first was for tugging back La Joya, the second a bizarre foul where he launched himself at Miralem Pjanic. “I was too eager for this derby and cared too much about this game,” he wrote on social media. “I got it wrong and I apologise to everyone, my teammates, the Coach, the fans and the club. I take full responsibility.” Baselli also went to speak to the Press after the final whistle at the Allianz Juventus Stadium. “I tried to avoid contact with Pjanic and did pull my leg back, but unfortunately at that point I was already mid-air. I’m really sorry. “We had prepared the game well and unfortunately this incident changed everything. Perhaps there was too ...
Sinisa Mihajlovic: Derby Between Masses And Rulers
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Sinisa Mihajlovic: Derby Between Masses And Rulers

The all-Turin showdown kicks off at 19:45 BST. “If you can dream of something, it’s because you can do it,” the Coach said at a Press conference. “It’s a clash between passion and reason, our colours and [Juve’s] Bianconero, the normal folk and the rulers. It’s a unique derby. “We must be ruthless and show ‘anger’ in our defending. We came close to winning last season and conceded a goal right at the end. “I was also angry because the referee had made an error. I hope that doesn’t happen this time around as there’s VAR now, and I hope it can also be used against us. " “There are excellent acoustics at [Juve’s] Stadium. If [Juve fans] insult me from the stands, I hope to feel a ‘fourth man’ alongside me because this story has to end. “Iago Falque? He’s a player that every Coach wants ...
Mihajlovic Compares Turin Derby To “A Clash Between The Normal Folk And The Rulers”
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Mihajlovic Compares Turin Derby To “A Clash Between The Normal Folk And The Rulers”

The all-Turin showdown kicks off at 19:45 BST – click here for a preview. “If you can dream of something, it’s because you can do it,” the Coach said at a Press conference. “It’s a clash between passion and reason, our colours and [Juve’s] Bianconero, the normal folk and the rulers. It’s a unique derby. “We must be ruthless and show ‘anger’ in our defending. We came close to winning last season and conceded a goal right at the end. “I was also angry because the referee had made an error. I hope that doesn’t happen this time around as there’s VAR now, and I hope it can also be used against us. " “There are excellent acoustics at [Juve’s] Stadium. If [Juve fans] insult me from the stands, I hope to feel a ‘fourth man’ alongside me because this story has to end. “Iago Falque? He’s a pla...
‘Was That When You Were Good?’ Szczesny Brutally Trolls Wilshere Over Career Dip
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‘Was That When You Were Good?’ Szczesny Brutally Trolls Wilshere Over Career Dip

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has brutally trolled midfielder Jack Wilshere! The Gunners midfielder, who has made his first-team comeback for the club after spending last season at Bournemouth, posted a picture on Instagram of himself from his "digs days", when he was sharing a house with the Pole. “TBT to the digs days and living with the mad man Wojciech Szczesny," he wrote. “Can’t believe he let me have my hair like this.” While he used the hashtag #stillbetterlookingthanhim, it was Szczesny who had the last laugh, replying: "Was that when you were still good at football?" A number of fans commented on the burn, crowning the Juventus goalkeeper as the winner of the exchange.
Juan Cuadrado: I Always Give Everything For Juventus
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Juan Cuadrado: I Always Give Everything For Juventus

“The boss is always telling me to get the balls into the box because we have players like [Gonzalo] Higuain and [Mario] Mandzukic who attack the goal and pose a real threat,” the Colombian revealed after the final whistle. “Luckily it went well today.” “I'm always looking to improve and I always try to give everything I have for the team, making sure I'm always ready. “The time will come when other great players like [Federico] Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa or [Marko] Pjaca will be playing instead of me, but we're all in the same boat and we all want to achieve the same things. “I've never thought about leaving and I'm happy to be part of this team because they believe in me.” Cuadrado then explained there are advantages to be had from winning games by a small margin. “It was tough goin...
Juventus Director Marotta: UCL Final Is The Maximum Target
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Juventus Director Marotta: UCL Final Is The Maximum Target

This is the first match since the 3-0 Champions League defeat at the hands of Barcelona at Camp Nou. “Issues are probably both tactical and psychological. It was clearly not a perfect performance. We were more than decent in the first half, then below par in the second, but one must also take into account the quality of the opponent,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium. Mattia De Sciglio has been ruled out by an ankle injury and tomorrow will have tests for micro-fractures, which makes it particularly awkward with Stephan Lichtsteiner off the Champions League squad. “We don’t have a player who was important for the number of games we were going to face, but we have a large squad and eclectic players who can adapt to that role. “Another player, Benedikt Howedes, was also injured against Barc...
Alba Hailed Barcelona After Their “Prestigious Victory” Over Juventus
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Alba Hailed Barcelona After Their “Prestigious Victory” Over Juventus

Barca exacted revenge on their 3-0 defeat to Juve last season by winning their Champions League opener by the same scoreline, with Alba playing a key role in his team’s success as an outlet on the left-hand side. “I feel phenomenal and much more confident like in previous years,” he said after the game. “It’s a prestigious victory over a great team. We’ve done very well in our last few matches and we’re at a great level. “We’ve been playing in a very focused manner, from the first minute to the last. “Valverde’s been conveying his ideas very well. He’s been doing phenomenally well. “We know how to be patient and play with intelligence.”
Allegri: Barcelona Punished Juventus’ Worst Mistakes
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Allegri: Barcelona Punished Juventus’ Worst Mistakes

Massimiliano Allegri bemoaned a collapse in the defensive standards that humbled Barcelona five months ago following Juventus' 3-0 Champions League Group D defeat at Camp Nou. Juve shut out Barca over the course of 180 minutes as they triumphed 3-0 on aggregate in last season's quarter-final between the sides, but the LaLiga leaders found their Serie A counterparts a far less robust proposition this time around. A brilliant Lionel Messi goal put the hosts in front towards the end of a first half as even as the second period was one-sided. Messi created Ivan Rakitic's goal and helped himself to another as a Juve defence without the injured Giorgio Chiellini and still adjusting to life without Leonardo Bonucci provided increasingly flimsy resistance. "We played a good first half but when...
Ter Stegen: Barcelona Have Changed From Last Season
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Ter Stegen: Barcelona Have Changed From Last Season

Ernesto Valverde arrived at Catalonia with his own ideas and the Germany international confirmed that his team have partially altered their football philosophy. "We have changed a little bit because of the coach's ideas," he told the press conference. "Now we want to occupy other spaces and treat the game in a different way. "We have a good team to play this system, and we can change it at any time." Asked to comment on his opponents, Ter Stegen picked out two of Juventus' key players Paulo Dybala and Gianluigi Buffon as well as their team spirit. "Dybala has many skills, but Juventus' main threat comes from their team game," he said. "Buffon is an idol for everyone, as he's playing at a tremendous level at an age when many are retired and I have a lot of respect for him." The Itali...
Allegri: Champions League A Dream, Not Objective
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Allegri: Champions League A Dream, Not Objective

Juve have reached two of the last three Champions League Finals, but despite winning neither, Allegri still harbours hopes of lifting the jugged trophy and believes the club have “added so much quality” to his ranks from last season. “The last three years have been fantastic, we achieved two Champions League Finals,” the Coach told UEFA.com. “The first was rather unexpected, while for the second, we had greater hopes of really winning it. “We didn’t succeed but we still consider it a success because not everyone can play in a Champions League Final. “Winning the Champions League can’t be an objective, it’s a dream. And to accomplish that dream, you have to work hard for so many years and, above all, develop a certain kind of mental approach. “Juventus are aiming to be consistently amo...
Simone Inzaghi: More People Will Talk About Lazio Now
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Simone Inzaghi: More People Will Talk About Lazio Now

The Aquile remain unbeaten this season and swept Milan aside 4-1 at the Olimpico with an Immobile hat-trick and Luis Alberto counter. “This year will be more difficult for us, as we’ve got the Europa League commitments too,” warned the Coach on Mediaset Premium. “If we play like this, then we’ll achieve great things. Before the game, nobody expected this result. However, having seen my team in good shape, we knew what to do. “The fight for a Champions League place is going to be very tough, as there are some tanks up against us, but the real satisfaction is seeing so many fans at the Stadio Olimpico. “I have no more words to describe Immobile, though I knew he would really help us out this season. I was struck by how much he dived in to work with everyone. Now he’s a leader, he has bee...
Andres Iniesta’s Father Shrugged Off Reports Of A Future At Juventus
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Andres Iniesta’s Father Shrugged Off Reports Of A Future At Juventus

The midfielder’s current contract is due to expire at the end of this season and Tuttosport has suggested a free transfer to Turin. “I speak to my son every day. Andres doesn’t intend to wear a jersey other than Barcelona, so he won’t have to face them as an opponent,” Jose Antonio Iniesta told Cuatro. “Considering the way he looks after himself, I think he can have an important role at Barça for another two or three years.” Juventus will take on Barcelona in the Champions League group phase on Tuesday.
Khedira And Chiellini Out Of The Juventus Squad To Face Chievo On Saturday
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Khedira And Chiellini Out Of The Juventus Squad To Face Chievo On Saturday

It kicks off in Turin tomorrow at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview. The Bianconeri will be without injured Chiellini and Marchisio, as well as long-term absentee Marko Pjaca. It is looking increasingly unlikely the veteran defender will be fit in time for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona. Khedira also misses out as a precaution after a muscular problem while on international duty with Germany. There are reports Wojciech Szczesny will be given his Juventus debut. Juventus squad for Chievo: Buffon, De Sciglio, Benatia, Pjanic, Cuadrado, Higuain, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro, Matuidi, Barzagli, Pinsoglio, Mandzukic, Howedes, Asamoah, Szczesny, Rugani, Lichtsteiner, Sturaro, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Caligara
Italy 1-0 Isreal: Immobile’s Goal Seal Azzurri’s Victory
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Italy 1-0 Isreal: Immobile’s Goal Seal Azzurri’s Victory

After the 3-0 defeat to Spain, the Azzurri had to focus on securing a World Cup play-off spot and stuck with the 4-2-4 system. Andrea Conti (on his senior debut) and Davide Astori stepped in for suspended Leonardo Bonucci and injured Leonardo Spinazzola, though Giorgio Chiellini was still unavailable. Israel were fresh from a 1-0 home defeat to Macedonia, banned captain Eran Zahavi for 12 months for throwing his armband down and missed injured Ben Bitton and Tomer Hamed.Israel had never beaten Italy, managing one draw and three losses, in which they scored three goals and conceded 13. Their last encounter ended 3-1 in Haifa in September 2016.These sides met only once on Italian soil, a 6-0 Italy victory in Turin on November 4, 1961, with Omar Sivori bagging four goals.Andrea Belotti almost...
Antognoni: I Don’t Know If Bernardeschi Regrets Going To Juventus Bow
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Antognoni: I Don’t Know If Bernardeschi Regrets Going To Juventus Bow

The winger joined the Bianconeri this summer in €40m deal, but so far he’s yet to make his debut for the club.“Today players command much more respect than in my time, so I understand his choice,” Antognoni told reporters outside The winger joined the Bianconeri this summer in €40m deal, but so far he’s yet to make his debut for the club.“Today players command much more respect than in my time, so I understand his choice,” Antognoni told reporters outside the Trofeo Nereo Rocco ceremony.“I don’t know if he regrets going to Juventus now, but it’s not easy to play at Juve and find your role on the pitch among all those champions…”.“I don’t know if he regrets going to Juventus now, but it’s not easy to play at Juve and find your role on the pitch among all those champions…”...
Buffon: It Seemed Like Ronaldo Was Created In A Lab
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Buffon: It Seemed Like Ronaldo Was Created In A Lab

Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon feels like Ronaldo was "created in a lab" as he lauded the Brazilian icon.Before Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo battled it out with Barcelona foe Lionel Messi for domestic and international supremacy, his namesake wowed the football world.Ronaldo dominated during his illustrious career, winning titles with PSV, Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid, while he helped Brazil to World Cup trophies in 1994 and 2002 as he won three FIFA World Player of the Year awards and two Ballons d'Or.Asked which strikers caused him the most problems, veteran Italy international Buffon heaped praise on the 40-year-old."The striker who caused me all kinds [of trouble] was Ronaldo, the Brazilian one," Buffon, 39, told Marca."He was the perfect player, as he had powe...
Buffon Has Revealed The Inspiration Behind Him becoming A Goalkeeper
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Buffon Has Revealed The Inspiration Behind Him becoming A Goalkeeper

Speaking to Marca for its Monday edition, Buffon explained how his life changed when he was just 12 years old, during the 1990 World Cup in his homeland.“When I was little, there was someone mythical in my life: Thomas N’Kono, the Cameroon goalkeeper,” mused the Juventus and Italy veteran.“I saw him play at the 1990 World Cup and, after Italy, Cameroon were the team of my heart.“It was at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. I remember the day of the first match, it was Argentina-Cameroon.“Cameroon won and, at that moment, I decided to become a goalkeeper.“If you aren’t attentive against Spain, they'll hurt you a lot. Spain’s players change but not the philosophy.“Juve? We could’ve coped better in the Final against [Real] Madrid.”
Juventus Defender Giorgio Chiellini Claims ‘Bonucci Is A Brother’
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Juventus Defender Giorgio Chiellini Claims ‘Bonucci Is A Brother’

The centre-back completed a shock move to Milan earlier this summer, breaking up the famous ‘BBC’ defence he had formed alongside Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.The trio have all been reunited on Italy duty this week, and there is no ill-feeling over this summer’s transfer.“I was sure Bonucci would stay at Juve,” Chiellini admitted in today’s Press conference.“It’s a pleasure to be back here together, with a person with whom I shared so many beautiful moments and made so many sacrifices.“It’s hard to go forward with a constantly unchanged group. We’re used to changes, and this year there haven’t been big changes.“We expended a lot to reach Cardiff [for the Champions League final] and it’s normal there’s a bit of rust to shake off.“We talked to him [Bonucci] when he left and we still talk to...
Matuidi Completes Move From PSG To Juventus
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Matuidi Completes Move From PSG To Juventus

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has completed a move to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, the two clubs confirmed on Friday, ending a successful six-year stint in the French capital. Matuidi, 30, has signed a three-year deal in Turin with the Italian club saying they had paid 20 million euros ($23.5 million, £18.2 million) plus a potential 10.5 million euros more in bonuses. Matuidi, capped 58 times by France, had joined PSG from Saint-Etienne in July 2011 right at the start of the Qatari takeover which revolutionised the club. He played almost 300 times for PSG but has slipped down the pecking order this year. He almost left the club last year and now moves on with PSG needing to recoup some of their world-record 222 million-euro investment in Neymar. “We wish him full su...
I Didn’t Feel Important At Juventus – Bonucci
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I Didn’t Feel Important At Juventus – Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci has admitted that he did not feel important at Serie A champions Juventus after joining rivals AC Milan. Bonucci’s move from Juve to Milan was officially completed on Thursday in a deal reportedly worth €42 million The 30-year-old’s exit from Turin came amid speculation of a row with Juve head coach Massimiliano Allegri and Bonucci has done little to deny those rumours. “Having discussions over the years is normal, as I am someone who is very direct and always speaks the truth,” Bonucci – who helped Juve to six successive Serie A titles – told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Bonucci was dropped by Allegri for the first leg of Juve’s Champions League last-16 tie against Porto in February due to disciplinary reasons. It came after Bonucci and Allegri were involved in...
Arsenal’s Szczesny Arrives In Turin For Juventus Medical
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Arsenal’s Szczesny Arrives In Turin For Juventus Medical

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has arrived in Turin to have a medical ahead of a proposed move to Juventus. Sky Sports reported last month Juventus agreed a four-year contract to sign the player for around £14m. Szczesny has spent the past two seasons at Roma and played regularly for the Italian club who finished runners-up to Juventus in Serie A. The 27-year-old is likely to find his playing time limited in his first season as he will face competition from 39-year-old Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Szczesny joined Arsenal’s academy from Legia Warsaw in 2006 and made a total of 181 appearances for the Gunners. The Polish international had signed a long-term deal in November 2013 to keep him at the Emirates until 2018. However, manager Arsene Wenger has prefer...