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Tuesday September 3 2019
De Ligt: Nothing easy at Juve

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt accepts ‘nothing is easy’ in Italy after being crowned Dutch Footballer of the Year for 2019.

De Ligt captained Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals last season and helped Netherlands reach the Nations League Final, despite only being 19 at the time.

“I’m proud to have won the award for my performances as a 19-year-old, even though I’m now 20,” he told De Telegraaf.

"I know the likes of Cruyff, Koeman, Van Basten and Gullit, but unfortunately I never saw them play live.

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Saturday August 31 2019
De Ligt: 'Juventus perfect teachers'

Matthijs de Ligt described his education at Juventus, both on and off the field, with “perfect teachers” like Cristiano Ronaldo and Maurizio Sarri.

The former Ajax defender expressed disappointment at being on the bench for the win at Parma, but looks like he’ll be pushed into the starting XI for his debut tonight against Napoli, because Giorgio Chiellini is out for possibly six months with a torn ACL.

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Saturday August 31 2019
Revolution or refinement?

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at the Juventus changes and wonders if they can overcome a polished Napoli tonight.

Often when one frequents a football match at the stadium, watches it on television, or even writes about it, the process is similar. Normally the research is done, the enthusiasm is plentiful and the conclusions of win, lose or draw are considered.

This game sees a Juventus team in the earliest throes of a revolution against a Napoli team who are now being refined like wine. This article could have been written 8-10 times and could bring up just as many conclusions, it is that hard to judge. Its outcome, and even more so what it means, is even harder to read.

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Wednesday August 28 2019
Szczesny's cunning Champions plan

Wojciech Szczesny describes Maurizio Sarri methods and jokes Juventus can win the Champions League "now Matthijs de Ligt and Cristiano Ronaldo can’t knock us out.”

There is immediately a Scudetto showdown on Saturday when Napoli visit the Juventus Stadium.

“It’s not a problem going up against Napoli straight away, as we have to face everyone twice anyway,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.

“Napoli caused us a lot of problems over the last few years, but we can’t wait to play this game.”

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Sunday August 25 2019
De Ligt: 'Didn't expect Juve bench'

Matthijs de Ligt “didn’t expect” to be benched when Juventus visited Parma. “Naturally I would’ve preferred to play and I didn’t get any clues.”

The 20-year-old completed a transfer worth €85.5m from Ajax this summer, but he watched on from the sidelines at the Stadio Tardini in the 1-0 opening Serie A victory.

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Monday August 12 2019
Schone: Ran out of steam

Lasse Schone suggests he joined Genoa to capitalise on a lighter work load and Serie A’s late start, admitting ‘I ran out of energy’ at Ajax last season.

Schone’s move to Genoa came as a surprise to many, given he had just helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals and win their first Eredivisie title in five years.

However, the midfielder turned 33 in May and confessed he was struggling to keep up with the demands of the highest level.

“It was a great season,” he told Spillerforeningen.

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Friday August 9 2019
Schone and Sanabria shine for Genoa

Lasse Schone made his Genoa debut just hours after completing the transfer from Ajax, but Antonio Sanabria scored four in a 9-0 friendly.

The Grifone made short work of Massese in today’s test match and threw new purchase Schone straight into the starting XI.

The Denmark international made an immediate impact too, providing an assist for one of Sanabria’s four goals, and went off at half-time.

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Friday August 9 2019
Schone: 'Genoa the right decision'

Lasse Schone explains why he decided to leave Ajax for Genoa. “It’s the right decision for us as a family and for me as a football player.”

The Denmark international was a key figure in the side that reached the Champions League semi-final last season, eliminating Juventus along the way.

This morning, he signed a two-year contract with Genoa, who only narrowly avoided relegation from Serie A, in a deal believed to be worth just €1.5m.

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Friday August 9 2019
Official: Schone signs for Genoa

Genoa have officially signed Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone in a deal believed to be worth €1.5m.

The Denmark international flew in for a medical this week and has now signed the contract.

A free kick specialist, Schone can play in a variety of midfield roles and has a ferocious strike from distance.

He has scored 113 goals in 486 competitive games.

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Tuesday August 6 2019
VIDEO: Schone arrives for Genoa

A ‘very happy’ Lasse Schone has arrived to complete his move to Genoa from Ajax.

Schone was mobbed by Rossoblu fans as he landed at Genoa airport on Tuesday morning.

“I’m very happy to be here,” the 33-year-old managed to squeeze to Sky Sport Italia.

The Grifone are expected to pay around €1.5m for the midfielder, who should sign a two-year contract with the option of a third season.

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