When it comes to winning the Champions League, there are 3 teams which are the favorites of lifting the European title and these clubs are: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. All the other teams that are still fighting in this competition also have a chance of becoming the champions but there is a clear difference that exists when it comes to the amount of world class players and in the amount of money that each coach has spent in their respective teams.
According to the former coach of Juventus, Fabio Cappello states that Juventus can defeat Bayern Munich when both sides meet each in the Champions League on February of 2016.
“In the Champions League, Juve have a chance to do well against a really tough team. If they are playing well, without any injuries, then they can do it. Juve can cause Bayern Munich problems just like they did with Real Madrid last season.” Fabio Capello said.
Juventus and Bayern Munich were pitted against each other in the last 16 of the Champions League and their first leg will be played on February 23rd of 2016 and even though the German club is the favorites of not making into the next rounds, they are also the front runners on winning the entire competition but Capello is certain that if the team of Massimiliano Allegri go into this match without and injuries and manage to perform well, the Italian side can indeed come out on top with the victory.
Massimiliano Allegri is aiming to defend his Serie A title with Juventus but the Champions League is another priority for Allegri who wants to mark his name in the history books of the Italian club by securing the piece of silverware that they haven’t lifted since the season of 1995-96.
Brazilian striker Nilmar has confirmed that he has no intention in joining Inter Milan even though such a move could be the last big transfer in his career.
The 31-year-old is approaching the last few years of a career that has seen him play for different clubs across the world. He appeared to gain prominence during his spell with Villarreal in Spanish football, but strangely, he opted for a move to Middle East club Al Rayyan in the hope of better financial position. This may have been certainly true, but his career has gone in a downward path since then.
Now, Roberto Mancini is ready to offer him a back to European football with Inter Milan reportedly ready to offer around € 5 million for the striker. The club are currently in need of players capable of finding the back of the net on a consistent basis. Since much of the transfer budget has already been spent, Mancini is targeting value additions likeNilmar. The striker, though, has confirmed that he has no plans to join the Italian outfit since he is extremely happy in Brazilian football. Right now, he plays for one of the top teams in Brazil – International.
“I’m happy here. When I arrived I made it clear he wanted to fulfill my contract and to end my career here, if possible. Fortunately, I am well settled financially. It will not be why I will leave Inter. I’m happy here, and the family also want to stay many years in International. Unfortunately, there are people who think of creating situations to complicate the environment. My trip was marked from the start of the season,” said the striker. If he moves back to European football, then national team boss Dunga would consider calling him up regularly for the national team.
The preseason schedule of Juventus has seen the Italian champions facing off with Borussia Dortmund and Lechia Gdansk in friendly matches and things haven’t been going very impressively for Juventus as they struggled in both matches and Allegri recently went through an altercation with one of his players which has angered the Italian manager and Allegri does not want this bad vibe from the recent altercation to infect the rest of his players.
MassimilianoAllegri of Juventus said: “There are some bad vibes around here,” he said. “Everybody’s saying that we’re favorites, but let me tell you that’s not true. It’s going to be difficult to win this year so before this negativity gets contagious, it’s best we stop it immediately.”
“We’ve made progress physically, but we need to improve the quality of our game, the speed and our passing. We’ve got plenty of new players and they need to get used to playing together and get to know each other’’
The altercation was involving Alvaro Morata and MassimilianoAllegri during the friendly match of Juventus when the Italian side faced off with Lechia Gdansk and Morata was sent off the match after having entered the pitch for around 26 minutes.
Allegri said that he told Morata to leave the pitch because the Italian manager was displeased about how the Spanish forward was performing in the friendly encounter. Morata was later seen angry as he made his way rather abruptly into the tunnel.
MassimilianoAllegri doesn’t want to see this conduct repeat itself in the near future with any of his other players as this can cause a problem, especially now that Serie A is only a few weeks away from kicking off in full force and Juventus has the task of defending their title for another successive year.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expected to be given one final opportunity to win the Champions League.
He is certain to start in the upcoming final against Barcelona. Juventus were least expected to reach the final since they did not have a squad capable of challenging against the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. However, they have managed to do the unimaginable by overcoming top clubs like Madrid to reach the final.
Whereas the opponents relied upon individual talents like Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus were more about playing as a team. Irrespective of the result on Saturday, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will receive a lot of credit.
After taking over from Antonio Conte just a few days before the start of the campaign, Allegri has made Juventus into a fully functional unit capable of challenging on all fronts. They have already managed to win the Italian Serie A once again, while also adding the Coppa Italia to their credit. A win in the Champions League final will see them become the next team after Inter Milan to secure a treble. Buffon is a staunch admirer of Conte, but even then, he has lavished praise on Allegri. The 37-year-old reckons that the former Milan manager has been excellent for Juventus.
“What has impressed me most is his great intelligence in terms of settling in with the squad and trying to find out not just our technical qualities but also the mentality and morale of the whole team and each individual player.His tactical knowledge is outstanding – after years of playing a certain system, he managed to get us to try alternatives and to perform even better.Even so, he has not tried to completely change how we’ve played because in some situations or matches we have returned to how we played before,” said Buffon.
Juventus suffered their first league defeat since October after a shock 1-0 loss against Parma.
The club are very close to sealing yet another league title after having extended their superiority in recent weeks. However, this defeat comes as a major setback ahead of the crucial Champions League matches which start in a few days. Juventus will be taking on Monaco in the Champions League quarter-finals and it gives the Italian outfit a great opportunity to reach the semifinals. As strong as Monaco have been to eliminate Arsenal from the competition in the previous round, they are seen as inferior to Juventus.
The defeat certainly robs the team of some confidence ahead of the crucial home match and this infuriated manager Massimiliano Allegri. The former AC Milan boss slammed his players for the inefficient performance. He was especially unhappy with the way his team performed in the second half. The criticism may appear unwarranted given that Juventus have a 12 point advantage over second placed Roma, but this criticism largely appears to have come as a result of the Champions League match being in close quarters. The first leg at home against Monaco will be a crucial deciding factor in Juventus reaching the semifinals.
“We didn’t do anything in the second half and deserved the defeat.I hope this can give us a shake-up, but we shouldn’t really need that. We had the chance to stay 14 points clear of Roma and Lazio, but we weren’t up to it today.Parma played very well. We were too slow and risked conceding on three or four of their counterattacks. We didn’t control the game. Even in the first half Parma posed a danger,” said Allegri, whose team are still strong favourites to win the league title with relative comfort in the final few weeks of the campaign.
On September 1st of 2013, Gareth Bale made his way into the history-books of football as he was signed by Real Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of €91-€100 million. The Welshman became the most expensive player ever in the sport.
This was a fee that was considered to be just way too much for a player that had only been playing well for Tottenham Hotspur; nonetheless Real Madrid was willing to pay that astronomically high amount of cash to sign the Welshman. As impressive as Bale was performing with Tottenham, this signing was also a way for Real Madrid to respond to their rivals Barcelona which had already signed Neymar.
It has started to become something not very surprising to see clubs spend huge amounts of cash in order to sign certain players and now the agent of ZlatanIbrahimovic, Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba has stated that one of his clients is worth even more than Gareth Bale.
Paul Pogba at the age of 21 is making a name for himself as the Frenchman has helped Juventus in securing 2 successive Serie A titles as well as also being named as the best young player during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and there is no doubt whatsoever that Pogba will become one of the best players in the world if he continues playing in the way he is.
Juventus has received interest from Real Madrid, Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea as all of these clubs are willing to pay a hefty price in order to secure the services of the young attacker but according to the agent of Pogba, Mino Raiola said that his client is worth over €100 million.
“If they want Pogba, they can call me. I’m not going to call anyone there. He’s worth more than 100 million euros, but the price will be set by the club that buys him.’’ Mino Raiola said.
Whether or not any club is prepared to offer more than €100 million remains to be seen but that’s the price that Mino Raiola believes that Paul Pogba is worth.
Juventus appear to be bracing themselves for the exit of Andrea Pirlo after manager Massimiliano Allegri revealed his plans to sign a playmaker in the winter or summer transfer window.
Pirlo has been an outstanding player for Juventus since joining them a few years ago from AC Milan. He has been responsible for three successive league titles and also doing well in the Champions League. The 35 year-old, though, is coming to his last years as a professional footballer. He is widely expected to leave the club in the summer with his contract set to expire.
Even thoughPirlo continues to their regular first-team player for Juventus this season, Allegri is already looking at replacing the Italian international. Some of the players expected to join Juventus January include Barcelona defender Martin Montoya. Apart from strengthening the defence, Allegri says that the club will also be looking to sign a playmaker to take advantage of Carlos Tevez’ impressive goal scoring form. Juventus lead the table by three points going into the winter break. They have suffered just one defeat in the first half of the season. Tevez has been by far the best player in the league with five assists and 10 goals to his name so far.
“We know what we need to improve. Montoya is a good full-back but he still plays for Barcelona, and there are other players. We’ll discuss whether to sign a full-back or a central defender. A playmaker wouldn’t hurt. Problems with Pirlo? Absolutely not. I just have to handle him carefully because he’s 35 and I want him at his best for certain occasions. Juventus should make a major leap. This is especially key in Europe. Juve may be one of the strongest, as are Real Madrid, Bayern [Munich], Barcelona and Chelsea,” said Allegri.
When Antonio Conte left the managerial role of Juventus as the Italian coach decided to take charge of Italy, MassimilianoAllegri was elected as the new coach of Juventus and not all the fans of the Italian club were certain if Allegri was the appropriate man to replace Conte.
Antonio Conte guided Juventus to 3 consecutive Serie A titles before he decided to coach the Italian national football team and now MassimilianoAllegri has to follow that legacy.
So far, it has been a superb debut season of Allegri after having been in charge of Juventus during the 11 opening matches of the campaign, Juventus is located at the top of the Italian League with 28 points and As.Roma are following them closely behind with 25 points.
The most impressive performance that the players in the squad of MassimilianoAllegri have displayed occurred on November 9 a few days ago when Juventus hosted Parma at the Juventus Arena and scored 7 goals past their opponents without conceding a single goal.
Llorente, Lichtsteiner, Tevez and Morata all managed to find the back of the net in this rampaging festival of goals with Juventus claiming the overwhelming victory.
MassimilianoAllegri was pleased to see his team performing so well and the Italian manager said a few words after the conclusion of the match.
“We’ve got an excellent group of strikers, from the ‘older’ players like Tevez and Llorente, to the younger ones like Coman and Morata. We had a couple of issues in the first 15 minutes, but then we broke the deadlock and the lads read the game well. I’m very happy.” Allegri said.
As.Roma and Juventus are the favorites on winning the Serie A title of this season with only a few points being the difference and expectations are high for Allegri to claim major trophies even though it’s only his debut season as the coach of Juventus.
Italian football has been on a downward slope in the last decade. Inter Milan were the last Italian team to have lifted the Champions League and this victory came in 2010. It certainly feels a long time ago considering that the club have now failed to qualify for this European competition. The Champions League used to be dominated by the Italians during the 1990s, but an era of non-development from the youngsters appears to have cost the nation as a whole. It is only now in recent years that Italy have been able to celebrate young and upcoming talented players.
The rise of the Premier League and the Spanish la Liga in the last two decades also appears to have contributed to the demise of the Italian Serie A, which is no longer considered as one of the top three in European leagues. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, however, said that this was not the case and that Italian football continues to hold a key attraction amongst players. Some of the big names currently playing their trade in the Italian league include the likes of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Torres. Amongst the names, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is a player of noteworthy mention. The French midfielder is rated in excess of £ 50 million even at just 21 years of age.
“In Italy, they always show you the less good things. Everybody says: ‘Italian football is rubbish’, but nobody does anything about the good stuff. Everyone says: ‘Italian referees are the worst’. Then we have them officiating the World Cup final. Italian teams concede questionable penalties abroad and stay calm. What does harm to Italian football is that everyone talks about incidents and not the game. The game itself was good, intense, great to watch,” said the former AC Milan manager.
After numerous rumours linking him with a return to the Premier League or even joining Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba says that he is set to undergo contract talks with his club. This will be good news for the Italian outfit, who have been starved of great talent in recent years. Even though they have Andrea Pirlo and Vidal in their ranks, Pogba is seen as the biggest asset for the club. The French international has been linked with a £ 60 million move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Manchester United interested in him.
This would represent a huge profit on a player, who was signed on a free transfer from Manchester United as a teenager. This meant that Juventus were able to enjoy his services by paying only a small transfer compensation according to the rules of FIFA. The fact that it has only two years left on his current contract raised the possibility of an exit from Turin, but the 21-year-old has confirmed that talks about extending his stay at Juventus have begun. It is expected that Pogba will become one of the highest earning players in the squad following a new deal.
Last season, he made 51 appearances in all competitions and scored nine goals for Juventus. “We are in negotiations for a contract renewal with Juventus. I will soon have a meeting with the board of directors. I have the arrogance of a born winner,” said Pogba. It is expected that Pogba will sign a new five-year contract that will take him until 2019. This would effectively end any interest from the likes of Paris St Germain and Chelsea. Capable of playing as a defensive midfielder or as a box-to-box star, Pogba is someone who excels in the midfield.