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.
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.
Antonio Conte oversaw Juventus to their 4th consecutive Serie A title but after winning the Italian league silverware, he decided to make his way out of Juventus with rumors consistently being sparked stating that Conte is going to be the next coach of the Italian national football team and that was why he step down from his managerial duties at the club.
Former Ac.Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was the man selected to continue adding more titles in the closet of Juventus as he will be replacing Antonio Conte after signing a 2 year deal worth €2.5 million a season.
Juventus have been left stunned by the decision of coach Antonio Conte to quit the club after four years in charge of the Italian champions. Juventus have once again been made as one of the successful club in Italy by the shrewd management of Conte. He took over when the club were in the second division of Italian football after being relegated because of the match fixing scandal. Since then, he has not only achieved promotion back to the Italian top-flight, but Juventus have also won the Italian Serie A title on three consecutive occasions.
Paris St Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has stated that he can work alongside Andrea Pirlo in the Italian national team after being drafted in at the last moment following an injury to AC Milan midfielder Ricardo Montolivo. Montolivo and Pirlo were expected to start the midfield, but this injury has forced manager Cesare Prandelli look at other options. After an impressive campaign with Paris St Germain, Verratti is one of the first names to have joined the 23 man squad for the World Cup.
Juventus manager Antonio Conte has revealed that the club should consider spending a lot of money in order to become a top club in Europe once again. Conte has been receiving a lot of plaudits after he guided Juventus to the third straight Italian league title. However, they have not been doing well in Europe during this period. In his first season of winning the league, the club reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Last season, they were knocked out at this stage. This year, however, has been the major disappointment after they failed to reach the knockout stages.
The 2-0 shock defeat at the hands of Napoli has once again opened the possibility of the likes of Rome and Napoli catching Juventus at the top of the table.
Apart from bringing an end to the 22 match unbeaten run for Antonio Conte’s men, this defeat has once again reinvigorated the Italian Serie A. Ahead of the match with Livorno during the weekend, Conte accepted that the title race was anything but over. He says that there is every chance that the likes of Roma and Napoli could catch them in the remaining weeks of the campaign.
Juventus’ reward for beating Trabzonspor in the last 16 round of the Europa league is a match against Italian club Fiorentina. Both Fiorentina and Juventus know each other extremely well and this has prompted manager Antonio Conte to say that his players should be wary of the threat posed by Vincenzo Montella’s men.
Juventus are likely to shift their attention towards winning the Europa league this campaign. The club have almost sealed the league title after extending the lead to 14 points following a run of several consecutive victories.
Juventus recently could only manage a 2-2 draw against Verona, which may not have hurt their title chances match, but manager Antonio Conte decided to punish the players by not giving them a day-off after the match.
The manager of Juventus, Antonio Conte, has said that he doesn’t want anyone from his team to take a transfer in the mid season transfer window.
Quite a few Juventus players are speculated to be on their way overseas in January. Paul Pogba (France), Andrea Pirlo (Italy) and Mirko Vucinic (Montenegro) are among those players.