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Juventus Plans Strategic Player Moves

Juventus has secured Ronaldo to join the team this year and they are planning to make certain other changes to ensure that the team around Ronaldo is optimized to bring out the best, both in the star player and in the team’s performance. Among the changes being planned is the transfer of Higuain who would probably be given back to Chelsea. Along with him, Daniele Rugani would probably be moved as well. The center back had initially been thought to be crucial for the backline of Juve and Italy. However, probably because the youngster could not gel well with the coach or be not given adequate chances, his confidence was never seen in full on the field.

Rugani is compared with others like Rodrigo Bentancur. He has not played much in midfield position but the games he has been part of has seen him being confident and sure of himself which was not found in Rugani. Hence Rugani’s move is being planned and his sale would help bring in funds that can help construct the right team. Mattia Caldara is also back from his loan period and hence he would also help contribute to the team.
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Sami Khedira: Harry is the most complete striker in Europe

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.
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Juventus full-back Mattia Di Sciglio avoids serious leg injury

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…)

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…)

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.

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.