Juventus midfielder has rated Harry Kane as the most complete striker in European football ahead of their Champions League round of 16 tie versus Tottenham Hotspur next week. The England international has already netted 31 times across all competitions for Spurs, including his 100th Premier League goal during the 2-2 draw versus Liverpool this month.
In a report covered by Bleacher Report, Khedira spoke about the qualities of the Spurs graduate, and believes the 24-year-old is better than the likes of Robert Lewandowski and teammate Gonzalo Higuain in terms of his overall ability on the playing field.
Juventus suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday night and boss Massimiliano Allegri believes it all stemmed from a lack of composure from his side.
The loss saw them lose ground on Napoli at the top of the table and the gap between the two is own four points with the Turin giants now in third place.
Juventus have confirmed that Mattia De Sciglio has not suffered a serious injury after his early substitution in the Champions League opener against Barcelona.
The Italy international pulled up with a leg injury prior to the half-time break with Barcelona leading by a 1-0 scoreline.
Stefano Sturaro came on as his replacement in the 41st minute, but he could not make much of an impression as Barcelona clinched a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Bianconeri on Tuesday night. Initial reports suggested that the 24-year-old could be out for a considerable period of time with a sprained ankle but Juventus have confirmed that there was no significant damage.
“Mattia De Sciglio had medical tests today to determine the extent of the injury he suffered last night against Barcelona. The tests at J-Medical excluded any serious injuries in the affected area (the third distal of the right leg). However, in view of the short time since the injury, additional daily clinical monitoring, as well as additional checks will be required in the coming days,” the Bianconeri said in a statement. (more…)
New Juventus signing Blaise Matuidi admits that it was the right moment to leave Paris Saint-Germain despite Neymar’s arrival from Barcelona in a world-record deal.
The France international made his Old Lady debut in the opening day victory over Cagliari, and he has been officially unveiled as the club’s player in a news conference on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in Turin, Matuidi admitted that he was delighted by his move, and he feels honoured to represent a club of Juventus’ calibre, he said: “It’s a great honour for me to be part of Juventus and I’m delighted to play alongside some great footballers. It’s an ambitious challenge and I’ve been welcomed well by my teammates and I’m sure it’s going to be easy to reach an understanding on the pitch. I’m not disappointed at all [to leave PSG when Neymar arrives] — I’m very happy and honoured to wear these colours.”
Matuidi spent six seasons with Paris Saint-Germain where he made a total of 295 appearances. During his stay, he won four Ligue 1 titles and three French Cups, and he is now eyeing further glory with Juventus, who have dominated the Serie A. (more…)
They had won 5 straight scudetti, appeared in the Champions league final a year beforehand yet lost their rare gem to a premier league club who last wontheir domestic championship 4 years ago.
That was the contrast between Juventus and Manchester United and still the Old Lady lost a potential midfielder of his generation to the Red Devils. It is the reality we live. Money keeps talking while BS has no choice but to take a hike.
The Bianconeri, on the back of the 2006 Calciopoli scandal that swept down the lower tiers of Italian football had like a phoenix rise from its ashes and soared its way back to where it belongs in the Italian football sphere.
Conquering Italy meant they had the chance to prove themselves worthy of standing side by side with other giants of Spain, England and Germany. Unfortunately, Juve’s finances were nowhere near those of the heavyweights.
Luckily for the Serie A champions, the people in charge of their recruitment had a good head on their shoulders and within a short time, the evidence of the smart transfer plan, drawn and executed, began to take shapeand produce results. (more…)
Juventus head coach Max Allegri believes that his squad can rebound from their mistakes following their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Real Madrid.
The Old Lady failed to show up at the Principality Stadium last night as Los Blancos clinched a convincing a 4-1 victory over the Serie A holders – their sole defeat in this season’s competition.
The match was expected to be a thriller with both sides possessing equal qualities, but the Italian giants were never in the game in the second half where they lost their plot. Following the game, Allegri was posed questions on whether the current squad could live up to its billing with several stars including Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli approaching the final years of their careers.
However, the former Milan boss was sound in his reply as he confirmed that the veteran pairing would stay put in Turin as they plan to revive their European hopes next term. (more…)
Juventus left Barcelona in shock again after defeating them 3-0 in Turin.
Both sides met for the first leg of their Champions League quarter final clash on Tuesday. The Serie A club almost did a repeat of PSG’s infamous victory but ended up a goal short.
Argentine forward Paulo Dybala – and Man of the Match – scored two great goals in the first half of the game to rattle the Spanish side. Giorgio Chiellini added the third within ten minutes of resumption to seal victory for the hosts.
The result follows Barcelona’s poor away formthis campaign and it establishes the defence of The Old Lady as truly one of the best in Europe. On the other hand, Jeremy Mathieu, Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano were far from their best on the night. Neymar was obvious and he made some nice drives but the opposition managed to stop this efforts.
Luis Suarez had two or three moments of brilliance but he hardly influenced the game. Lionel Messi impressed, scored a goal even but it was eventually disallowed, but he could not do it all.
Luis Enrique and the team would need another stunning display in Camp Nou like they did against the French to get past the Italians. After a 6-1 scoreline that brought them to this stage, Juventus manager MassimilianoAllegriis careful to celebrate too early.
“I want to congratulate the lads because, as a team, they did great. It isn’t easy overcoming a team like Barcelona, but we also dug deep to keep a clean sheet. That was fundamental for us. But we have to remain humble, keep our heads down and keep working. PSG scored four, and look what happened. In Barcelona, it will be different and we have to try and score a goal,” he said.
Luis Enrique is keeping the hopes alive but it is surely a huge task ahead. For now the interest returns to the La Liga where they play Real Sociedad on Saturday as there is the local league to defend.
Juventus continues their dominance in Serie A as the Italian club secured their 5th successive victory after claiming a 2-0 triumph over Cagliari in a match that was played on February 12 at the home stadium of Cagliari in the Sant’Elia Stadium.
This triumph allows Juventus to maintain their significant lead at the top of the top tier Italian League, Serie A as the team of Massimiliano Allegri has collected 60 points from their 24 opening league matches of the season while the 2nd placed team which at this point in time is As.Roma has only gathered 53 points.
Any manager would be incredibly proud to see their squad winning at such a consistent basis and even though Massimiliano Allegri is certainly happy about how his team has been performing, he feels that his players could have scored many more goals and performed much better.
“I want a spectacular Juventus. When you play football, you need to be spectacular. Cagliari went down to 10 men and we should have run riot. Instead, we were hasty and didn’t make the right choices. We need to improve. At a certain stage, we took our foot off the gas and allowed Cagliari to have several chances, which should not happen. The team has to be spectacular, yes, but also effective, because there’s no point if you don’t win’’ Massimiliano Allegri said after Juventus defeated Cagliari 2-0.
Massi milliano Allegri wants his team to play the best they can in every match, especially in this time as they are getting ready to face-off with Porto for their Champions League round of 16 which is scheduled to take place on February 22.
Taking into consideration that Juventus and Napoli are the only Italian clubs that are competing in this season of the Champions League, they have the added pressure of having to performing well in order to give a good representation to Italian Football which has recently been critiqued in term of quality but if either Napoli or Juventus make a good run in the Champions League, it can hugely benefit Italian Football in general and put it back into the spotlight.
Arsenal may be in the search for a new manager come summer, and they have reportedly identified Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is the perfect choice.
After more than two decades at the club, Arsene Wenger may be set to depart in the summer. His contract runs out in June and there has been no talk about a new deal. Wenger has also stayed tightlipped about his future. It is widely expected that Wenger will become part of the club’s backroom just like Sir Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United when he retired in 2013.
Allegri has been one of the impressive managerial names in the last five years. After managing to guide a relatively poor AC Milan team to its last league title, Allegri has won the Italian Serie A title in the past two seasons.
He is chasing for a third consecutive league win on a personal level, while the success could yield Juventus an unprecedented sixth consecutive league success. Allegri is reportedly set to be rewarded for this incredible performances with a new bumper contract in order to prevent any interest from Arsenal.
The manager’s existing contract runs out in the summer of 2018. Juventus are also preparing contingency plans and they have identified Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone as the perfect candidate to replace Allegri should he move to Arsenal. “I am very happy at Juventus and until they kick me out, I’m content to stay. I am studying English, but I have been for many years,” said Allegri in a recent interview. The manager is reportedly on a contract worth around £ 4 million per year, which is almost half the wages of Arsene Wenger. There is little doubt that Arsenal will be able to offer significantly higher wages than Allegri’s current contract. As a result, Juventus are preparing a bumper deal for the manager.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has Sevilla as a dangerous opposition, but he is confident that the club can get a positive result in Spanish.
Juventus will be making the trip to Sevilla in order to take on the Spanish club in the fifth match day of the Champions League group stages. After having taken only two wins from their opening four games, Juventus qualifying for the knockout stages is far from certain. The team needed a victory against the Spanish club and they need to do so while playing away from home. It is a difficult task, but Allegri reckons that it can be done.
After all, the team are unbeaten in all competitions since the 1-0 defeat against Milan towards the end of October. Juventus seem to have found the form once again and they are extremely difficult to stop in this kind of a form. One aspect that gives Juventus fear is the fact that both teams were involved in a goalless draw in the reverse fixture in September.
Finish on top of group is the main priority for Juventus as it would give them access to a home match in the return leg of the Champions League last 16 game.
Furthermore, there is also a possibility of facing an easy opposition in the knockout stages.”The only result that guarantees our place in the last 16 is a win. I’m confident we can get a positive result.We must win one of our last two group matches to qualify. We want the job done tomorrow.We’re coming up against a side that is yet to concede in the Champions League and is dangerous on the break.We played very well here last season and conceded from one of few attempts on our goal,” said Allegri ahead of the match.