Juventus will bounce back after Champions League defeat – Allegri

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 WIN BARCELONA 3-0

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 secured their 5th successive victory but Allegri is unsatisfied

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.

Juventus Ready to Offer Huge Pay Rise to Keep Manager Massimiliano Allegri

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.

Allegri Beware of Sevilla as Juventus Chase Top Spot

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.

The Impact of Goal Line Technology

Goal Line Technology is arguably the biggest change to football since the introduction of yellow and red cards. In recent years, referees and their assistants have been under increased scrutiny due to high profile mistakes made in games.

The fast-paced nature of the modern game means that officials are struggling to keep up with the game, and often miss decisions which should have been given. Goal Line Technology is the first step towards minimizing the amount of errors in games, but has it had any impact since its introduction?

The technology has only be used in the Premier League since the 2013/14 season, yet it has already made some big, and truly impressive decisions. The most memorable use of goal-line technology that has occurred in the Premier League so far was a league match between Aston Villa and Fulham. In the last twenty minutes of the game, Lewis Holtby was denied a goal by the tiniest of margins. The goal line technology confirmed that the whole ball did not cross the line.

Before goal line technology was introduced, the decision would have been impossible to call correctly and would have probably resulted in the goal being incorrectly rewarded to Fulham. Although this decision didn’t have any significant impact on the game, as Fulham ran out 2-1 winners, it did show that the technology has incredible accuracy, and can also make decisions in matter of seconds.

Goal Line Technology also proved to be a huge success in the first World Cup tournament it was used in – in 2014. Although France eased to victory against Honduras, France’s 2nd goal was awarded thanks to goal-line technology. Karim Benzema’s effort at goal cannoned against the post, hit the keeper and ended up crossing the line – despite his best efforts to keep the ball from going in the back of the net. The whole scenario occurred in less than a second and without the aid of goal-line technology, the referee would have not given the goal. The referee even looked at his watch to confirm that the technology had made the decision for him.

Phantom goals (or ghost goals) have also been reduced in leagues which have introduced goal line technology. Throughout history there have been goals awarded which shouldn’t have been as they didn’t cross the line, and goals not awarded that should have been.

The most notable example of a phantom goal occurred in the 1966 World Cup final when Geoff Hurst was awarded a goal when the whole ball had not crossed the line. The goal meant England went on to win their only World Cup. These phantom goal cases have now been eradicated in leagues which have goal line technology installed.

But this sort of change to a sport does not come without its critics. Some fans argue that introducing any form of technology to the sport will destroy the human element – something that made fans fall in love with the game. Refereeing errors seem to occur in most games and it seems to now being ‘tradition’ to talk about these errors with fellow football fans.

However, with so much money involved in the game (from transfers to betting), can the amount of errors that are already occurring in games continue? There was also a fear amongst fans that it would slow down the speed of the game. However, the introduction of goal line technology has proved that technology can be introduced into the game without disrupting the flow of it.

Since the introduction of goal-line technology, fan criticism of it seems to be minimal. However there is still strong opposition from clubs, especially lower league clubs. An initial set-up cost of £250,000 isn’t a lot of money for Premier League clubs (who have multi-million pound sponsorship deals), but for lower league clubs or clubs in ‘poor leagues’, the quarter of a million pound installation fee is a significant percentage of their annual revenue and would rather invest that money on club infrastructure of their playing squad.

Overall, it seems safe to say that the introduction of goal-line technology has only had a positive effect on the game so far. The technology has proved its critics wrong by making decisions within a few seconds to allow the game to continue at the fast-paced nature without disrupting the flow of the game. The introduction of goal line technology has also potentially opened the doors to other types of technology being introduced into the game. As long as the technology isn’t ‘game-changing’ and doesn’t disrupt the flow of the game, fans may be more receptive to more technology being used.

JUVENTUS TO MISS CHIELLINI AND MANDZUKIC IN LYON CLASH

Serie A giant Juventus are set to miss the duo of Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic as they play French superpowers Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League Group H game on Tuesday, according to reports.


Chiellini was absent as Juventus cruised to a victory over Udinese over the weeknd. The Italian defender missed the clash due to thigh injury. He missed the game as Juve claimed to be monitoring the situation. Former Bayern Munich star Mandzukic was left off the squad due to a “muscular strain in his right adductor region” the club confirmed this week.

Both players would not be available for the clash in France along with midfielder Claudio Marchisio as his rehabilitation for a knee injury continues. Juventus are the group leaders in Group H with four points but Lyon follow closely being just one point behind.

“At Juve, every game is vital. We are confident we can live up to expectations,” Miralem Pjanic – a former Lyon player but now at Juve said. The coach Massimiliano Allegri said: “We’re missing some key players but every good team should be able to roll with the punches and adapt.”

Lyon would be receiving the Italian side in a not-too-good form after losing 2-0 to Ligue 1 leaders Nice over the weekend. However, they are going to have a boost as Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette are set to start. Lacazette just returned from injury but is expected to lead the attack against the Italians.

“Tomorrow’s game will not just be about the Lacazette-Fekir pair. We will need to be rigorous. . We need to stick together,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. The game is not easy to predict as Juve would be expecting three points and the hosts would not want an upset on home soil.

JUVENTUS SET TO TAKE DOWN DINAMO ZAGREB

Juve is currently looking forward to a Champions League brawl with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

Juve who had on Saturday been gifted a 1 – 0 win over Palermo after an own goal from Edoardo Goldaniga, will meet Dinamo Zagreb at Stadion Maksimir.

The Massimiliano Allegro’s side will need a win against Dinamo Zagreb after ending up in a draw with Sevilla in their last Champions League game in order to advance up the table in their Group H. Dinamo Zagreb who fell under Lyon’s hammer as they were beaten 3 – 0 will equally be looking to get a win against Juve and bounce back in their home stadium on Tuesday.

Juve who was the better side at home in their match against Sevilla could not utilize its numerous chances thereby leading to the 0 – 0 tie with Sevilla. If Juventus gets the better of Dinamo Zagreb and wins in the match, this will further compound the Modri sides woes who already have their woes compounded with a 3 – 0 loss against Lyon.

La Vecchia Signora’s winger Marko Pjaca who made a move from Dinamo to Juve in the summer says he hopes for a warm reception from fans of his former club when Juve meets Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

While speaking to Goal, Pjaca said;

“I will never forget what Dinamo fans done for me in my last game (against Vardar).

“Of course I hope they will applaud me now too, although I am aware I am arriving in the ‘wrong’ jersey. I hope they don’t boo me!If I score, I will not celebrate my goal.”

Pjaca has also sounded a note of warning to his new team that if they do not perform their best when they meet Dinamo at Stadion Marksimir, they would be punished by the Modri.

AC MILAN’S GM LEAVES THE CLUB

AC Milan General Manager Umberto Gandini has left the club after 23 years with the Italian giants. Gandini has been with the club for years, seeing all the changes year after year.

There are reports that he could move to long term rivals AS Roma. The reports claim Gandini is the replacement for Roma Sporting Director Walter Sabatini.

According to the latest odds on Netbet Sabatini is poised to take over the same role at Milan when he leaves the Giallorossi, as the Chinese take-over means current Sporting Director Adriano Galliani would leave. The rotation seems more feasible with the resignation of Gandini.

An official statement was released that reads: “After 23 years at Milam, Umberto Gandini is leaving us. It is legitimate, dear Umberto, that the desire to gauge yourself in a different context has matured within you, but let it be known that you leave behind a huge regret and a lot of affection. “This is what, in addition to your undoubted professional values, will remain forever in the hearts of all of us.”

If the claims of joining Roma remain valid, it would likely be confirmed next week when the president James Pallotta arrives in the Eternal City. Gandini is the first Vice Chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), and has been on the board of the body since 2008. He joined Milan in 1993, after previous experience in TV rights negotiation whilst working for Silvio Berlusconi’s firm – Mediaset group.

So far, €85 million has been received as part payment in the official takeover by Chinese investors – Sino-Europe Sports Investment Management Changxing Co. Ltd. The take-over is expected to be completed by the end of the year. A sum of €15 million was transferred during preliminary agreement in the first week of August.

Fininvest group (owned by Berlusconi) confirmed in a statement that a total sum of €100 million has been received. The payment means the over 30-year reign of Berlusconi is set to end.

Pogba can become like Zidane

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has stated that Paul Pogba can end up in becoming the best midfielder in the world just like Zinedine Zidane.

The Juventus goalkeeper has played with both Zidane and Pogba and believes that both players are quite similar.
He said that Pogba has everything he needs in order to become the best player in the world and believes that his move to Manchester United will help him make a name for himself in the world of football. Paul Pogba has been outstanding since moving to England and has stated that it is his desire to win the Ballon D’Or while playing for Manchester United.

Gianluigi Buffon said that he has witnessed the development of Pogba first hand and admitted that he has talent. He said that the player is a fighter on the pitch and that he gives himself 100% in a match. He said that the player has wonderful ball control and that he can change defence into attack quite quickly. He admitted that it was a big loss for Juventus to allow the player to move to Manchester United and that they will need to learn how to play without him.

He said that Pogba has the same talent like past players such as Platini and Zidane and believes that the player can end up in having a similar career to them. Gianluigi Buffon said that there is no doubt that Pogba will be a great success in the Premier League and has backed the player to win the title with Manchester United.

He said that the player would need a period of adaptation in the English league, and very soon Manchester United will see the best of Paul Pogba on the pitch.

At the moment Gianluigi Buffon said that he is busy preparing the new season with Juventus and believes that the team will again challenge for the title this season.