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Wednesday January 23 2019
Serie A goes Info-VARs

Social media campaigns like #JuveOut serve only to obscure the real issues in Serie A, writes Gaby McKay.

Last week, following the Supercoppa between Juventus and Milan, the hashtag #JuveOut began trending in Italy.

The social media campaign appears to have been started by an Inter fan in the wake of the Bianconeri’s controversial win in Jeddah. “I’m trying to launch a hashtag which will serve to organise a widespread protest for a country which loves football and can no longer tolerate certain tricks: #JuveOut,” Interismo Cosmico wrote. “We ask Serie A to remove Juventus from our league”.

 

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Sunday January 20 2019
Verratti reassured on injury

Italy and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has only sprained his ankle with no fracture.

The 26-year-old limped off during the opening stages of their 9-0 victory over Guingamp on Saturday, as he fell awkwardly and his ankle was accidentally trodden on by Felix Eboa-Eboa.

Coach Thomas Tuchel immediately said he was concerned it was “a serious injury,” prompting some to assume there was a fracture or ligament damage.

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Saturday January 19 2019
Verratti suffers 'serious injury'

Paris Saint-Germain Coach Thomas Tuchel warns it is likely Marco Verratti has “suffered a serious injury” to his ankle.

The Italy international limped off during today’s 9-0 Ligue 1 victory over Guingamp.

He landed awkwardly and an opponent accidentally trod on his ankle, so it turned in an unnatural manner.

“It’s not good news. I think he’s suffered a serious injury,” Tuchel told Canal+.

“It’s the worst thing that could’ve happened for us…”

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Saturday January 19 2019
Ancelotti: 'Napoli perfect for me'

Carlo Ancelotti reveals why Napoli represented “the perfect solution for me,” Champions League regrets and keeping President Aurelio De Laurentiis in line.

The former Milan, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich Coach sat down for a lengthy interview with the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

“I kept my arrival at Napoli secret until the last minute because De Laurentiis was deep in negotiations with Maurizio Sarri, so I had no intention of getting stuck in the middle of that situation. I was asked if I was available and I said yes.

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Thursday January 17 2019
Pellegrini warns of Roma 'absurdity'

Lorenzo Pellegrini warns it would be an ‘absurdity’ if Roma did not qualify for the Champions League but assures he is ‘honoured’ to play for the club.

Roma endured an inconsistent first half to the season, leaving them closer to midtable at one point, but three wins in their last four Serie A games have moved them to within just two points of city rivals Lazio, who occupy fourth place.

“We have to do better than in the first round, but we’re aware of that,” Pellegrini told Sky Sport Italia

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Wednesday January 16 2019
Silva: Rooting for Gattuso, Allan...

Thiago Silva is ‘rooting for Gennaro Gattuso’ in the Supercoppa because ‘I’m a Milan fan’ and would be ‘very happy’ if Paris Saint-Germain signed Allan.

Silva won a Scudetto with Gattuso and Milan under Juventus boss Max Allegri in 2011 before joining PSG a year later, while the defender faced the Napoli midfielder – a reported target for the French giants - in the Champions League earlier in the season.

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Tuesday January 15 2019
Allegri: 'Juve-Milan is knockout practice'

Max Allegri called Cristiano Ronaldo “the best player in the world” and told Juventus to use Milan in the Supercoppa as “practice for elimination rounds."

It kicks off in Jeddah on Wednesday at 17.30 GMT.

Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli and Medhi Benatia are out of the squad, but Joao Cancelo returns from a knee injury.

“Either Douglas Costa or Federico Bernardeschi will step in, along with Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo,” confirmed the Coach in his Press conference.

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Tuesday January 15 2019
Chiellini 'didn't believe CR7 signing'

Giorgio Chiellini admits ‘I didn’t believe’ Cristiano Ronaldo would join Juventus at first but believes his arrival has let them ‘target’ the Champions League.

Ronaldo’s transfer to Juve from Real Madrid shook the football world last summer, and Chiellini confessed he was similarly taken aback by the deal.

“Cristiano scored many, many, many times against us and he broke my dreams many times - in Cardiff, in Madrid, in Turin,” the defender told BBC Sport.

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Monday January 14 2019
Marchisio: Hope it's Juve's year!

Claudio Marchisio ‘hopes this is Juventus’ year in the Champions League’ and says players should ignore the ‘idiots’ who dish out racial abuse.

Marchisio reached two Champions League Finals during his Juve career, while the debate of players leaving the field is back on the agenda after Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to monkey chants during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat to Inter last month.

“The Supercoppa a one-legged tie, and that makes a lot of difference,” the Zenit St Petersburg midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

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Monday January 14 2019
Alex Sandro expects Higuain backlash

Alex Sandro has urged Juventus to keep an eye on Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who ‘wants to have a big game against us’ in the Supercoppa.

Higuain missed a penalty and was sent off in his first meeting with Juve as a Milan player earlier in the season, but Alex Sandro believes his former teammate will be out to make amends in Jeddah.

“The Final is always a different type of game,” the left-back told La Domenica Sportiva.

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