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Saturday August 17 2019
Sarri can free Douglas Costa

Maurizio Sarri’s arrival can finally free Douglas Costa to show just what he can do at Juventus, argues Kaustubh Pandey.

Douglas Costa is an enigma. You never really know what to expect of the Brazilian on the pitch and more recently, he’s unpredictable off the pitch too.

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Tuesday August 13 2019
Danilo: 'Juventus will make me better'

Danilo confessed Alex Sandro and Cristiano Ronaldo told him great things about joining Juventus, while it’ll make him “a better player.”

The full-back completed his move as part of the deal that took Joao Cancelo to Manchester City, a decision that not all Bianconeri supporters were happy with.

“I am happy to be here and received a very warm welcome,” said the Brazilian in his presentation Press conference.

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Monday June 17 2019
Sacchi: 'Sarri same level as Guardiola'

Arrigo Sacchi insists Pep Guardiola never considered the Juventus job, but Maurizio Sarri is “on the same level as Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.”

The man who revolutionised football in the late 1980s and created Il Grande Milan, one of the most successful teams of all time, is friends with both Sarri and Guardiola.

Despite months of speculation, the Manchester City boss never was in talks with the Old Lady.

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Saturday June 15 2019
Lampard stalls Sarri to Juve?

Chelsea could further stall Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus appointment after reports Derby County have offered Frank Lampard a new contract.

The situation has been dragging on for a month now and Juve cannot formally hire Sarri until he has terminated his existing contract by mutual consent.

That is proving to be a lot more difficult than anyone anticipated, with Italian reports claiming Chelsea will release him for £1.1m in compensation, whereas English sources put it anywhere from £5-10m.

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Wednesday June 12 2019
Pep denies sabbatical plans

Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports that he could take a year out and warned Juventus that he will only leave Manchester City ‘if they throw me out’.

The Sun and The Mirror both claimed on Wednesday that Guardiola was considering taking a sabbatical if City were to finally win the Champions League next season.

However, he told Mundo Deportivo: “I’m not taking a year out. It’s come out in the Press and been doing the rounds, but it’s not true.

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Tuesday June 11 2019
Juve: Guardiola no, Sarri maybe?

Juventus did make an offer to Pep Guardiola worth €20m per year, but he turned it down, while now Chelsea are trying to keep hold of Maurizio Sarri, it’s reported.

The Bianconeri are still without a Coach over a month after confirming Max Allegri was dismissed.

As the delays drag on, different scenarios are opening up and reports are coming in from all over Europe.

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Monday June 10 2019
Napoli stung by Sarri betrayal

Napoli fans feel understandably betrayed by Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus move and Massimo Nuzzo understands their pain.

After Juventus announced Massimiliano Allegri would be departing the club after five years, calcio fans were quick to drum up a list of potential successors. Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte (who has now joined Inter), and Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi were all names linked with the job.

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Saturday June 8 2019
Sarri to join Juventus on Monday

Multiple sources in Italy and England are confident Chelsea will release Maurizio Sarri from his contract on Monday so he can join Juventus.

The negotiations have proved fruitful, using intermediary Fali Ramadani to ensure Chelsea will let Sarri go without the need for €6m in compensation.

Another meeting is expected in Monte Carlo today, possibly involving Sarri himself and Juventus director Fabio Paratici, to work out the final details.

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Friday June 7 2019
Guardiola: 'Best to come with City'

Pep Guardiola gave a lengthy interview with the official Manchester City website and seemed to put a lid on Juventus rumours. “The best is coming. I am happy to reward their faith in me.”

Despite his repeated denials, some sources continue to maintain even today that Guardiola wants to join Juventus and is actively begging to be released from his contract.

He sat down for a filmed interview with the Manchester City website and put those rumours to bed.

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Friday June 7 2019
Teaching the Old Lady new tricks

After radical changes in their marketing strategy, now Juventus are rebranding on the pitch too, writes Kaustubh Pandey.

Be it under Antonio Conte or Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus are known more for managing games and digging out results than putting on a show for fans and neutrals.

That is why getting linked with Coaches like Maurizio Sarri, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola is strange for the Old Lady. They undoubtedly are top class managers who are doing very good things at their clubs, but they prefer playing football in a manner that is far more aesthetically pleasing than Juve.

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