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Pjanic 8/10 as Juventus rout Bologna, climb to second in Serie A

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:09:00 PST

Pjanic seized control of Sunday's game and helped Juventus complete a comfortable victory. Thumping Bologna 3-0, Miralem Pjanic was exceptional and helped earn Juventus the win that put them second in Serie A, one point behind Napoli. In truth, Bologna played with no ambition and looked to be a little intimidated by the opponent. They not only never pushed up the pitch in search of a goal but created close to nothing, managing only one shot on target throughout the match. Juventus were firmly in control throughout but were never really forced to play to their full potential, aware...

Juve could offer David Luiz Chelsea exit after bust-up with Antonio Conte

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:09:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Conte set to ax Luiz David Luiz could be set for the exit at Stamford Bridge next month, after a falling out with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, according to the Mirror. The Brazilian has been displaced by Andreas Christensen at the heart of the Chelsea defence, with the young Dane grasping his chance. Juventus could offer the former...

What's wrong with Paulo Dybala and should Juventus be worried?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:45:00 PST

Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson talk the issues surrounding Juventus' Paulo Dybala off the football pitch. Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero didn't agree with the decision to leave Paulo Dybala on the bench for the Derby d'Italia against Inter Milan last week. "Conceptually, my No. 10 has to play the big games," he said. If your star player is short of fitness it doesn't matter. And if he hasn't scored in a while, what difference does it make? On talent alone, he has to start. Can you imagine Zinedine Zidane dropping Cristiano Ronaldo for a Clasico or Ernesto Valverde doing the same with Lionel Messi?...

Chelsea bid for Bayer's Bailey knocked back; Man United join Sandro pursuit

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:09:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Chelsea see Bailey bid knocked back Chelsea have failed with a £22 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, reports the Mail. The Jamaica international has thrived in the Bundesliga, scoring four goals and creating four more with assists following a £12m move from Genk last term and the 20-year-old is thought...

Man City and Man United are a gulf apart, Juve poor, Dortmund fire Bosz

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:16:00 PST

It was, perhaps, the last realistic chance to begin to derail the Pep Guardiola Express. But Manchester City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford means their lead is up to 11 points, more than the league leaders in any of Europe's top leagues. The fact that the chasing pack, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, all dropped points is significant too. The big question was how Jose Mourinho would approach Sunday's match. Truth be told, with his best defender (Eric Bailly) and best player (Paul Pogba) unavailable,...

Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:50:00 PST

With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who'll go all the way. The draw for the Champions League round-of-16 has been made, and there's one clash that stands out as Neymar's PSG take on champions Real Madrid. But there are plenty more storylines to follow. Here's what to watch for. Real Madrid vs. PSG Real's punishment for finishing second in Group H could hardly have been more severe -- a tie that many would have fancied for this year's final and one that will eliminate one of the tournament's super-favourites in one stroke. There is not much head-to-head...

UCL draw: Real Madrid vs. PSG, Chelsea vs. Barcelona, Juve vs. Spurs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The business end of the Champions League starts here. The draw for the round-of-16 has been made, and there's a bunch of intriguing clashes as teams plot their way to the Kiev final on May 26. Here, correspondents covering the remaining 16 teams give their verdict on the clash awaiting their team in the first knockout round, with Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain arguably the highlight. Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain REAL MADRID Real Madrid will not be happy to have got Paris Saint Germain...

Juventus defenders provide clean sheet against Inter

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 04:29:00 PST

Giorgio Chiellini, playing his 450th match for Juventus, was always in the right place Saturday. The Derby d'Italia ended up being a tactical battle, and while Juventus piled on the pressure in hopes of earning the home win, they couldn't make the most of their chances and walked away with a 0-0 draw. Inter started the match well, but both sides seemed more determined to hinder the opponent's attacking game than produce any magic, making it a miserable night for both strikers on the pitch. Juventus made the bold decision to leave out both Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa, yet they still created...

Juve have conquered big challenges before but now must adjust to Inter

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 06:14:00 PST

Max Allegri plays down the significance of Juventus' meeting with Inter, saying at least four clubs can still win Serie A. It must be said, for a club that many have said is experiencing a crisis and is not at the level it was in previous years, Juventus have navigated through their tricky ties well. Not only did the Italian champions defeat Napoli to keep themselves in the hunt for the seventh consecutive Scudetto, they defeated Olympiakos in Greece to progress in the Champions League. All that's left is the Derby d'Italia to round off the week, and if Juve succeed and defeat their most "hated" rival, they will have...

Inter Milan riding high on confidence as they travel to free-scoring Juventus

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 03:37:00 PST

A week after putting on a tactical masterclass in Naples, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has gone back to the drawing board. Ahead of Saturday's Derby d'Italia, another mouthwatering top of the table clash in Serie A, he made a simple but significant observation: "Inter are a different team. It'll be a different game." Allegri was clever to pack the middle and leave the flanks to Napoli in the 1-0 win last week. By congesting the centre, Napoli's front three got bogged down and couldn't play...

Cuadrado puts Juventus in control early as Bianconeri beat Olympiakos

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 04:18:00 PST

Juventus secured second place in Group D with a 2-0 away victory over Olympiakos to advance to the round of 16. Mission accomplished in Greece as Juventus defeated Olympiakos 2-0 to secure qualification to the knockout round of the Champions League. Juventus made a strong start and it didn't take long before Juan Cuadrado scored an easy goal to ensure control of the game. Keeping the home side at bay, it was Juve who continued creating chances. However, as we have come to expect against inferior opponents, the Bianconeri became too relaxed in the second half, inviting pressure from Olympiakos who looked...

Juventus need Paulo Dybala to make world-class impact vs. Olympiakos

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:14:00 PST

Relive the best goals from the weekend in Serie A, featuring a historic header from Benevento's goalkeeper. Check out the best moments from Serie A's top sides in matchday 15, as Juve's win at Napoli helped Inter take control of the Scudetto race. Massimiliano Allegri insists his team's fitness needs to improve if they are to win the big games following a 1-0 victory over Napoli on Friday. There had been talks of a crisis, of a Juventus side that had looked to be stripped of its essence. A team without motivation nor an identity, Juve were expected to lose or at least struggle against Napoli on Friday night. Except they didn't. The side that won six titles in a row not only won in the Stadio San Paolo by demonstrating heart, intensity and unity but because they boasted a brilliant tactician on the bench. Serie A has so many great coaches, from Maurizio Sarri, who created the most...

Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa rate 8/10 as Juventus beat Napoli

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 02:38:00 PST

Gonzalo Higuain scored on a counter attack to lead Juventus past Serie A leaders Napoli, ending their unbeaten start. The FC crew discuss the open race between Napoli, Juventus and Inter for the Serie A title after Juve's win at Napoli. Massimiliano Allegri insists his team's fitness needs to improve if they are to win the big games following a 1-0 victory over Napoli on Friday. Beating Napoli 1-0, Juventus blew the title race wide open and sent an important signal to their rivals and to the many who continue to doubt them. An inspiring performance, Juventus are still the team to beat for the simple sake that few boast the intelligence of a side that understands how to play to its strengths and exploit the weaknesses of their opponent. Napoli have been the most entertaining side in Serie A this season but their game plan is predictable and reliant on the vertical passes...

Juve short on motivation in the wake of UCL failure and Italy's World Cup woes

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:16:00 PST

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has insisted that Napoli are favourites to win Serie A ahead of their match in Naples. On Friday, Napoli host Juventus in the most anticipated match of the season. Like always, the best defence is facing the best attack but unlike always, these two sides have seemingly swapped strengths. It is Napoli who now know how to suffer, how to get over the hurdle with solidarity and strength while it's Juventus who are relying more on the strength of what they can create as opposed to what they they can protect. Two sides with the desire to make an impact and collect the Scudetto at the...

Free-flowing Juve and stout Napoli? How this Serie A clash has changed

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:07:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Paulo Dybala is the hottest striker in Europe right now. The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Paulo Dybala is the hottest striker in Europe right now. Luckily the top of the table clash pitting Napoli against Juventus on Friday night will kick off very soon after the World Cup draw in Moscow. What better way to take the mind off Italy's failure to qualify for the first time in 60 years than the game of the year in Serie A? The face-off at the San Paolo is the best Italian football has to offer. Eight of the 11 players named in the Team of the Season at this week's annual PFA awards play for Napoli and Juventus. Two of the others, Leonardo Bonucci...

Substitutes Mattia De Sciglio and Miralem Pjanic boost Juventus

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

Watch the full match highlights as goals from Mario Mandzukic, Matteo di Sciligo, and Mehdi Benatia ensured Juventus get past Crotone as they continue to chase Napoli in the Serie A TIM standings. Goals from Mario Mandzukic, Matteo di Sciligo, and Mehdi Benatia ensured Juventus get past Crotone as they continue to chase Napoli in the Serie A TIM standings. Check out all the best moments from Serie A's top sides, as Napoli continue to set the pace and Inter stay close behind. Back to their winning ways in Serie A, Juventus defeated a well-organised Crotone 3-0 to keep pace with Inter and Napoli ahead of them in the table. Crotone arrived at Turin with no intention to attack. Defending in organised fashion, their only objective centred around halting Juve's attack -- and it worked well in the first half as they kept Juventus at bay. However, blessed with superior quality, Massimiliano Allegri's men broke the deadlock early in the second half while the substitutes made...

Messi prefers Coutinho to Ozil at Barca; Can agrees Juve terms

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 04:17:00 PST

Brazil's Tite wants to play Philippe Coutinho in a central position, but says he can only place him there if Liverpool do. With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. Messi wants Coutinho over Ozil Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he would prefer the club to sign Philippe Coutinho instead of Mesut Ozil next summer, claims the Daily Mail. Barca are considering Ozil as a cheaper alternative to Coutinho, who has thus far failed to convince Liverpool to let him leave for the Nou Camp. But Messi has insisted that Barcelona...

Transfer Rater: Thibaut Courtois to Juventus, Marouane Fellaini to PSG

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 02:35:00 PST

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Thibaut Courtois to Juventus The Serie A champions have joined the race for the Belgian keeper, viewing him as the ideal long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon....

Gianluigi Buffon and Ivan Rakitic's embrace after Juventus vs. Barcelona

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:56:00 PST

Fans of budding football bromance will no doubt be enthused by the news that the social media love-in between Gianluigi Buffon and Ivan Rakitic shows no signs of abating just yet. The pair exchanged pleasantries on Twitter earlier in the week when Rakitic, upset at seeing Buffon weep over Italy's failure to reach the World Cup, attempted to offer the veteran goalkeeper his place at Russia 2018. Buffon replied by thanking the Croatian with all his heart, promising him to send him a signed jersey by...

Medhi Benatia excels at the back for Juventus, Juan Cuadrado stumbles

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:49:00 PST

Gab Marcotti addresses Juventus' Serie A form and the mounting pressure on Max Allegri after their loss at Sampdoria. Drawing 0-0 at home to Barcelona on Wednesday, Juventus have yet to qualify to the next round of the Champions League and have left it all to do in Greece, where they face Olympiakos next. In a tactical match void of any real entertainment, both sides chose to play it safe and provided little by way of decisive attacking threats. With Barcelona leaving Lionel Messi out for the first 55 minutes, Juventus were expected to show the courage to try and win the game to secure qualification, but they could...

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