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Wednesday January 3 2018
Alisson: ‘I’d have played well last year…’

Roma goalkeeper Alisson says “I’d have played well, even right away” after being backup to Wojciech Szczesny last season.

The Brazilian has become the Giallorossi’s number 1, and Eusebio Di Francesco’s side have the best defensive record in Serie A so far this season.

“Taking stock it [2017] was a very positive year for me at Roma and with the national team,” Alisson said in a Q&A on Facebook.

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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
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 22 2017
Mandzukic back against Roma

Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic are back for Juventus, but Gigi Buffon again misses the showdown with Roma.

It kicks off on Saturday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Max Allegri is once again forced to do without captain and first choice goalkeeper Buffon, who is suffering from a calf injury.

Mattia De Sciglio and Benedikt Howedes are also out of action.

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Friday December 15 2017
Szczesny: ‘Juventus for the future’

Wojciech Szczesny explains “when I chose Juventus I didn’t think about what would happen in 2018, but the next 10 years”.

The goalkeeper spent the past two seasons on loan at Roma, but left Arsenal permanently for the Bianconeri this summer.

At the moment he’s the backup to Gianluigi Buffon, but the legendary ‘keeper plans to retire at the end of the season.

“When I made this choice I didn’t think about what would happen in 2018, but the next 10 years,” Szczesny explained to La Repubblica.

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Saturday December 9 2017
Juventus-Inter: Dybala dropped?

Gigi Buffon is out of tonight’s massive Derby d’Italia, but Juventus could drop Paulo Dybala too against Mauro Icardi’s Serie A leaders Inter.

It kicks off in Turin at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Max Allegri is forced to ring the changes to his side, who are fresh from beating Napoli and securing their passage to the Champions League Round of 16.

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Wednesday December 6 2017
Szczesny: ‘Beat Inter and Roma!’

Wojciech Szczesny declares “we have to win against both Inter and Roma” because “we’re Juventus”.

The Bianconeri secured their place in the Last 16 of the Champions League last night, and beat Napoli 1-0 at the San Paolo on Friday.

That was just the start of what is a crucial December for the champions though, with Inter to come on Saturday night and Roma on December 23.

“We’re expecting a good match against Inter,” Szczesny told JTV.

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Friday November 17 2017
‘Szczesny ready to replace Buffon’

Wojciech Szczesny’s wife claims the goalkeeper is ready “to become Juventus’ No 1 when Gianluigi Buffon retires.”

Szczesny joined Juve from Arsenal over the summer after two seasons on loan at Serie A rivals Roma, and Marina Luczenko believes her husband has what it takes to succeed Buffon between the sticks.

“He’s working hard, and his objective is to become [Juve’s] No 1 when Buffon retires,” the singer told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Thursday November 9 2017
Rubinho: ‘Szczesny can replace Buffon’

Former Juventus goalkeeper Rubinho believes Wojciech Szczesny can replace Gianluigi Buffon next season.

The Italy captain plans to retire after the 2018 World Cup, and Szczesny has been bought to inherit the gloves.

Rubinho spent four seasons as third-choice ‘keeper in Turin, making two Serie A appearances, and the Brazilian spoke about the current goalkeeping situation.

“Juventus have bought a strong player and they wouldn’t have sold Neto if they didn’t think so,” said the Genoa man, speaking to TuttoJuve.

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