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Monday April 15 2019
Kean the key to knocking out Ajax

Breaking records for club and country, growing in confidence each game, Anthony Barbagallo insists Juventus must start Moise Kean against Ajax.

Juventus will be preparing to go another round with a young talented Ajax side – who are looking to emulate the Bernabeu night in Turin – this Tuesday evening. For the Bianconeri not to fall into the usual trap of complacency and their conservative approach, the Italians must ensure they start in-form Moise Kean for this season-defining fixture. The versatility of the 19-year-old can add more dynamism in that frontline, making life more complicated for the Ajax defenders than in the first leg.

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Thursday April 11 2019
Bernardeschi: A good result, but...

Federico Bernardeschi believes Juventus picked up a ‘good result’ after their 1-1 draw with Ajax but admits ‘we could’ve done more.’

The Bianconeri hold a slender advantage going into next week’s Champions League quarter-final second leg in Turin, having bagged an away goal on Wednesday, but Bernardeschi alluded to mixed feelings after the game.

“We could’ve done more, but it’s a good result,” the winger told Juventus TV.

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Thursday April 11 2019
Ajax make Juve anxious

Juventus have an all-important away goal, but Elio Salerno notes the performance left many fans in a nervous disposition going into the second leg with Ajax.

The score draw says advantage Juve, but based on the 90 minutes we witnessed in the Johan Cruijff Arena, the Champions League quarter-final is very much in the balance, with both teams fancying their chances of progression.

Erik ten Hag’s exuberant Ajax team were yet again impressive on Europe’s elite stage. The expectation surrounding the Dutch team has significantly heightened and their players are clearly revelling in the spotlight. From the outset they were energetic, skilful, creative, and full of attacking intent.

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Wednesday April 10 2019
Nedved: 'Must do better than in Madrid'

Juventus Vice-President Pavel Nedved expects many goals against Ajax and reveals how they knew Cristiano Ronaldo “was ready to play.”

The Champions League quarter-final first leg kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

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The Bianconeri lost the first leg of their Round of 16 to Atletico Madrid, 2-0 away from home, turning it around with a 3-0 home victory.

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Tuesday April 9 2019
Juventus face Ajax decisions

There are two big decisions yet to be made for the Juventus starting XI against Ajax, including Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo Bentancur in a 4-3-3 formation.

The first leg of the Champions League quarter-final kicks off in Amsterdam on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

Giorgio Chiellini and Emre Can are ruled out by injury, while Andrea Barzagli and Douglas Costa are not fit enough to start.

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Tuesday April 9 2019
Bernardeschi: 'Ajax full of talent'

“Ajax are a young side, full of talent and play good football,” warned Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi ahead of their Champions League quarter-final.

The first leg is in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening, kicking off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“They are physically and athletically strong, so it’s something we have to pay attention to, they have many good qualities,” Bernardeschi told UEFA.com.

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Saturday April 6 2019
Bernardeschi: 'Balanced Juve-Milan'

Federico Bernardeschi expects a “balanced encounter” with Milan today, but Juventus know they are “close to the objective.”

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“I expect a very balanced encounter. It’ll above all be a fascinating game between two strong teams, so I hope the fans will be entertained,” Bernardeschi told JTV and Sky Sport Italia.

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Tuesday March 26 2019
Italy still seeking an identity

Almost a year since Roberto Mancini took over, Anthony Barbagallo believes the Azzurri are playing more attractive football, but still lack cohesion.

After the Giampiero Ventura fiasco and the realisation that Italy wouldn’t compete at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, several Italian Coaches – including Carlo Ancelotti – declined the Azzurri’s job offer. Instead, the Nazionale appointed Roberto Mancini – a modern tactician who has won numerous trophies in the English Premier League, Serie A and in Turkey.

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Sunday March 24 2019
This Italy can be braver

The 2-0 victory over Finland showed Roberto Mancini's Italy are on the right path, but Elio Salerno's tactical analysis highlights the need to push it further.

Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign kicked off with an expected win over Finland. However, despite this being their third consecutive victory and fourth straight clean sheet, Roberto Mancini is still showing only glimpses of his Azzurri vision.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Euro 2020 Liveblog: Italy v Finland

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from the opening Euro 2020 qualifier, as Italy host Finland in Udine.

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It kicks off at the Dacia Arena, formerly known as the Stadio Friuli, at 19.45 GMT.

They are in the same group as Armenia, Bosnia and Tuesday’s opponents Liechtenstein.

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