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Sunday September 17 2017
‘Pjaca would have made CL difference’

Marko Pjaca’s agent believes his client would have made the difference in Juventus’ Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Despite equalising through Mario Mandzukic’s spectacular strike, the Old Lady were eventually beaten 4-1 by Zinedine Zidane’s side in Cardiff.

However, Marko Naletelic reckons Croatian Pjaca could have helped Juve stage a comeback had he been fit to take a place on the bench.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Crespo: 'Icardi after Messi and CR7'

Hernan Crespo declares Inter hitman Mauro Icardi is “the striker I like the most after Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. He is complete.”

The Nerazzurri are set to give Icardi a new and improved contract with extra clauses to lock him down for the future.

“After Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, who are from another planet, Icardi is the striker I like the most. At the age of 24 he is already a champion and can become truly world class,” fellow Argentine Crespo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Friday September 15 2017
Morata: ‘Ball on fire in England’

Alvaro Morata discusses the difference between the Premier League and Serie A - “the ball is on fire here!”

The striker joined Chelsea in the summer from Real Madrid, and also had a two-season spell in Italy with Juventus.

“At the moment, I’ve only scored and assisted with my head for Chelsea, so I hope to use my feet as well soon!” Morata joked, speaking to the club’s official website.

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Friday September 15 2017
Buffon ‘frustrated’ by Spanish defeats

Gianluigi Buffon explains why he is frustrated by his Spanish defeats. “I’ve always had to greet the same faces and congratulate them…”

Buffon kept goal during Italy’s 3-0 defeat to Spain a fortnight ago and Juventus’ loss to Barcelona by the same scoreline, as well as the Euro 2012 Final and the Bianconeri’s Champions League failures back in May against Real Madrid and two years ago.

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Sunday September 10 2017
Raiola: 'I don't believe in Milan'

Mino Raiola insists he does not “believe in the Milan project” and trusts Paulo Dybala will leave Juventus for Madrid or Manchester.

The agent represents the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, famously trying to push the teenage goalkeeper away from San Siro this summer during tense negotiations.

“I have nothing personal against (CEO Marco) Fassone and (director of sport Massimiliano) Mirabelli. I have only one problem: I don’t believe in their project for Milan,” Raiola told La Domenica Sportiva.

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Monday September 4 2017
Buffon: Why I became a goalkeeper…

Gianluigi Buffon has revealed the inspiration behind him becoming a goalkeeper – former Cameroon goalkeeper Thomas N’Kono.

Speaking to Marca for its Monday edition, Buffon explained how his life changed when he was just 12 years old, during the 1990 World Cup in his homeland.

“When I was little, there was someone mythical in my life: Thomas N’Kono, the Cameroon goalkeeper,” mused the Juventus and Italy veteran.

“I saw him play at the 1990 World Cup and, after Italy, Cameroon were the team of my heart.

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Sunday September 3 2017
Zidane: 'Not proud of headbutt'

Zinedine Zidane admits he is “not proud” of the infamous World Cup Final headbutt on Marco Materazzi.

The current Real Madrid Coach saw his last match end in ignominy when sent off for headbutting Italy defender Materazzi in the chest during the 2006 Final.

Zizou sat down to watch some career moments for Telefoot and this incident was in the compilation.

“I am not proud. I am not proud of what I did,” confessed Zidane.

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Sunday September 3 2017
Totti picks his Perfect 10

Francesco Totti described his perfect Number 10, including elements from Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and himself.

The now-retired Roma legend sat down with UEFA.com to put together his own ideal Frankenplayer.

“I’d take the right foot of Cristiano Ronaldo, the left foot of Diego Armando Maradona, the vision of Messi, the technique of Zidane,” noted the Italy hero.

“And I’d take the shot of Totti.”

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Sunday September 3 2017
Isco: 'False 9 beyond a system'

Isco put in a magnificent individual performance as Spain beat Italy 3-0, but insisted the False 9 “goes beyond a system.”

The Real Madrid talent shone at the Bernabeu last night, bagging a brace before Alvaro Morata finished off their World Cup qualifier.

“This is the most important match we’ve had so far, we had a perfect night and we were fair winners,” Isco told Movistar.

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Saturday September 2 2017
Ronaldo: 'Buffon a phenomenon'

Ronaldo believes “Spain are the favourites tonight, but not by much” in the World Cup qualifier against Italy. “Gigi Buffon is a phenomenon.”

The World Cup qualifier kicks off at the Bernabeu at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) and only the group winners go into the tournament automatically.

“I’m almost sorry this game is being played,” the ex-Inter and Real Madrid hero told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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