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Friday April 19 2019
Old Lady needs rejuvenating

Juventus have put all their focus on to Cristiano Ronaldo, neglecting the weak defence and midfield, argues Emmet Gates.

We’re fast approaching a quarter-century since Juventus last won the Champions League. The latest failure coming from a young, bold and at times a simply irrepressible Ajax side that thoroughly dominated The Old Lady over two legs. To put the wait into some sort of perspective, when Gianluca Vialli hoisted ‘Ol Big Ears high into the Roman sky in May 1996, five of the Ajax starting XI from the second leg weren’t even born.

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Tuesday April 16 2019
Emre Can fears allayed

Emre Can should start Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final against Ajax on Tuesday, despite fears he had been left out of the squad.

Sport Mediaset initially reported that the Juve squad left their Vinovo training complex for Allianz Stadium without Can on their team bus to finish their preparation for the second leg.

However, the likes of Romeo Agresti and Gianni Balzarini – a journalist for the broadcaster – have since followed up that he only stayed behind to undergo personalised conditioning.

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Monday April 15 2019
Juve: Chiellini to miss Ajax

Giorgio Chiellini is expected to miss Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final against Ajax after failing to train on Monday.

Chiellini joined Mattia Perin and Martin Caceres in missing ttraining, with Sport Mediaset reporting the defender still has not recovered from his calf problem.

The injury ruled the 34-year-old out of the first leg, which finished 1-1, but Rodrigo Bentancur, Daniele Rugani, Douglas Costa, Sami Khedira, Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic all worked out.

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Sunday April 14 2019
Perin out of Ajax clash

Mattia Perin is out of the Juventus squad to face Ajax, while Giorgio Chiellini and Emre Can are progressing well.

The first leg of the Champions League quarter-final ended 1-1 and the decider is in Turin on Tuesday evening.

Goalkeeper Perin suffered a right shoulder injury in this morning’s training session and has been ruled out of that game.

Chiellini and Emre Can missed the first leg due to injuries, but are both said to be progressing well and there is the sense that they could at least be in the squad.

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Friday April 12 2019
Big boys out of SPAL-Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo and Giorgio Chiellini are among the big names left out of Juventus’ squad to face SPAL on Saturday, but Juan Cuadrado returns.

Ronaldo is rested for the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Ajax, despite Juve only needing a point to secure the Scudetto and SPAL giving him an opportunity to draw closer to Fabio Quagliarella and Krzysztof Piatek in the race to finish top goalscorer.

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Tuesday April 9 2019
Rugani: 'So excited for Ajax-Juve'

Daniele Rugani “could not be more excited” to stand in for Giorgio Chiellini in the Juventus defence against Ajax and is happy to have turned down a Chelsea move.

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

Rugani’s presence at the Press conference suggests he will be in the starting XI to replace injured Chiellini, while Emre Can has also been ruled out of the trip.

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Tuesday April 9 2019
'Juve will feel Chiellini absence'

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag believes Juventus will ‘feel’ Giorgio Chiellini’s absence against his side on Wednesday.

Chiellini will miss the trip to Amsterdam with a calf injury, and Ten Hag urged his Ajax side to capitalise, having already thrashed Real Madrid and held Bayern Munich twice in the Champions League this season.

“Our focus is only on Juve,” he said at a Press conference.

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Tuesday April 9 2019
Juve: Ronaldo in, Chiellini out

Cristiano Ronaldo is back in Juventus’ squad to face Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals, but Giorgio Chiellini and Emre Can are left out.

Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury, but Chiellini has been struck by a calf problem and Can is struggling with an ankle strain.

The pair join Martin Caceres and Juan Cuadrado on the treatment table, although the Bianconeri are also boosted by the returns of Mattia Perin, Andrea Barzagli and Douglas Costa.

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Tuesday April 9 2019
Juve: Chiellini & Can miss training

Cristiano Ronaldo trained with Juventus in their last session before facing Ajax, but Giorgio Chiellini and Emre Can did not.

Ronaldo looks set to start Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg in Amsterdam after being sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring injury.

However, Can still seems to be struggling with an ankle strain, while Chiellini picked up a calf problem at the end of training on Monday.

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Monday April 8 2019
Report: Chiellini doubt for Ajax

Giorgio Chiellini could miss Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final first leg against Ajax on Wednesday with a reported calf injury.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Chiellini pulled up with the problem at the end of training on Monday.

The newspaper explains he is now ‘a serious doubt’ for the trip to Amsterdam, leaving Max Allegri with only Daniele Rugani to call upon as a replacement.

That is because fellow defenders Martin Caceres and Andrea Barzagli are already nursing injuries of their own.

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