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Thursday December 28 2017
Benatia: Juve will be top

Medhi Benatia says he is confident that Juventus “will be top of Serie A when the big games come up.”

Benatia scored Juve’s winner in their 1-0 victory over Roma before Christmas to stay within a point of leaders Napoli, and the defender warned the Bianconeri would do everything possible to lift their seventh Scudetto in succession.

“Qualifying for the World Cup was a dream and we managed to do it 20 years later,” the defender told JTV.

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Saturday December 23 2017
Juventus Player Ratings v Roma

Medhi Benatia got the winner for Juventus, but it was another ex-Roma player who stood out in the Football Italia player ratings.

Words: Ciro Di Brita - @Ciruzzo36

Wojciech Szczesny – 7.5

The ex-Roma keeper made one decent stop to thwart Stephan El Shaarawy in the first half and proved absolutely decisive in stoppages on Patrik Schick.

Andrea Barzagli – 6

Solid performance from the old timer.

Medhi Benatia – 7

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Saturday December 23 2017
Juve sail through Scudetto challenges

On paper it seemed as if this month would be a minefield, but Adam Digby saw the Bianconeri squeeze the life out of their title rivals.

When the Serie A fixture list was revealed back in the summer, Juventus supporters were rightly concerned about their run of games during December. As the 2017-18 campaign got underway, their fears about facing Napoli, Inter and Roma during the final month of the year grew greater still, the three clubs emerging as genuine threats to the Old Lady’s dominance of Italian football.

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Saturday December 23 2017
Benatia: 'Roma Scudetto rivals'

Medhi Benatia was pleased to score against his former teammates, as “Roma are one of our rivals for the Scudetto” and Juventus continue their march.

He got the only goal of the game, bundling over the line at the third attempt after a save on Giorgio Chiellini and ricochet off the bar.

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Saturday December 23 2017
Juve thank Roma old boys

Medhi Benatia got the only goal of the game against his former club, as Juventus got past Roma, but were hanging on for dear life at the end.

The defender was decisive at the end of a chaotic move, as Alisson denied Giorgio Chiellini’s header, the rebound hit the bar and Benatia bundled over the line.

Gonzalo Higuain wasted several golden opportunities and Wojciech Szczesny also impressed against his former teammates with a reaction save on Stephan El Shaarawy.

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Friday December 15 2017
Barzagli: ‘Benatia replaced Bonucci’

Andrea Barzagli believes Juventus have replaced Leonardo Bonucci with Medhi Benatia - “he’s a player of the same level”.

The Moroccan centre-back has played the last five matches in a row, and the Bianconeri have kept a clean sheet in each of those games.

“In my opinion, Medhi is a player who is finally showing the best of himself,” Barzagli told Sky.

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Monday December 4 2017
Barzagli: ‘Olympiakos is crucial’

Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli admits tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos is “crucial for us”.

The Bianconeri will qualify for the Last 16 if they win in Greece, and will be guaranteed to progress if Barcelona beat Sporting at the Camp Nou.

“There are pitfalls,” Barzagli warned in the pre-match Press conference.

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Saturday December 2 2017
Benatia: 'Title race wide open'

Medhi Benatia believes Juventus “blew the title race wide open” with their 1-0 victory at leaders Napoli. “We had to send this signal.”

Gonzalo Higuain scored the decider at the Stadio San Paolo last night, ending the Partenopei’s nine-month unbeaten Serie A run.

“We found the right attitude, which we had been lacking recently,” the defender told Mediaset Premium.

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Friday December 1 2017
Same old Napoli-Juventus

There were plenty of surprises as Napoli and Juve met on Friday but, explains Adam Digby, the more the Old Lady changes, the more she stays the same.

Napoli have made no secret of their title ambitions, players happily discussing the pre-season “Scudetto Pact” that kept their squad intact this past summer. Making an unwritten agreement that they would stay together for at least another year, their sole aim was to try clinch the Serie A crown for the first time since Diego Maradona graced the Stadio San Paolo.

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Friday December 1 2017
Allegri: 'Napoli still Scudetto favourites'

Max Allegri insists Napoli are “still the Scudetto favourites” after Juventus conquered the Stadio San Paolo 1-0. “Winning games isn’t all about possession.”

Gonzalo Higuain got the only goal of the game, moving the Bianconeri to within a point of the Serie A leaders.

“It was a good test tonight, the lads had some favourable situations in the first half and took the lead,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium.

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