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Blaise Matuidi pleased to have joined Juventus

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…)

AS FAR AS EUROPE GOES, JUVENTUS DID THEIR BEST

 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 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…)

SUPER CUP WIN

Juventus have won the Italian Super Cup, defeating Napoli in the final by 4-2. The result of the match couldn’t be decided in the first 90 minutes. So, the match was extended for the next 30 minutes. The players of Juventus played brilliantly in extra time and won the match convincingly.

Napoli took lead twice in the match, but, on both the occasions, Juventus leveled the score.

The Juventus players were on the attack right from the start of the match. The players of Napoli were looking under a bit of pressure. But, all of a sudden, Edinson Cavani got through the defense of Juventus and scored a fantastic goal in 27th minute of the match. The goalkeeper of Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon, tried to bounce the ball back into the play again, but, Cavani kicked the ball powerfully on the rebound and succeeded to beat the goal keeper this time around.

But, Napoli couldn’t maintain the lead for too long – they weren’t really expected to win the match, in spite of ebing named as one of James Richardson’s football betting tips prior to the match.

Juventus leveled the score in 37th minute when Kwadwo Asamoah scored a brilliant goal. This was the first goal of Asamoah for Juventus. He joined Juventus this season and he proved his utility in the team. But, Napoli took the lead for the second time in the 41st minute. Goran Pandev scored the second goal for Napoli. Gianluigi Buffon moved from his position and tried to make a save, but, Pandev kicked the ball over Buffon’s head and the ball went into the goal post.

In the second half, the Juventus players were trying hard to level the score and they succeeded in the 73rd minute when Vidal took the advantage of the penalty kick and Juventus came back in the match again. At the end of the second half, the scores were tied at 2-2, triggering extra-time, and causing a new flurry of fans to watch the live Football Online.

In the extra time, Christian Maggio of Napoli headed the ball in his own goal post by mistake and Juventus got up by 3-2. Four minutes later, Mirco Vucinic made the score 4-2 by capitalizing on a wonderful pass from Claudio Marchisio. Napoli wasn’t able to make a comeback after that and lost the match. In the later part of the second half, Pandev and Juan Zuniga were shown red cards by the referee and Napoli played with only nine players in the extra time.