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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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Thursday April 11 2019
Juve: Matuidi plays down injury

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has insisted that he will be ‘fine’ for next week’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Ajax.

Matuidi’s calf pulled up in the latter stages of Juve’s 1-1 draw at Ajax on Wednesday, fuelling fears of a layoff for the Frenchman.

However, he told Sky Sport Italia after the game: “I’ll be fine, rest assured.”

The 32-year-old may not be risked for Saturday’s Serie A trip to SPAL in the meantime.

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Sunday April 7 2019
Matuidi: 'We must fight racism'

Blaise Matuidi said Juventus and everyone in football must “not be afraid to stand up and fight” racists, assuring Moise Kean was abused even before his goal in Cagliari.

The tension spilled over at the Sardegna Arena on Tuesday after Kean’s goal, when he stood with arms open in front of the ultras.

Teammate Leonardo Bonucci drew criticism for saying the celebration meant Kean had to shoulder “50-50” blame for the crowd reaction, but Matuidi assures the racist insults were clear even before that.

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Wednesday April 3 2019
Raiola: Can't be Italian & racist

Mino Raiola has affirmed that ‘you can’t be Italian and racist at the same time’ after his client Moise Kean suffered racial abuse.

Kean was subjected to discriminatory chanting throughout Juve’s 2-0 win at Cagliari on Tuesday, a year after teammate Blaise Matuidi - another of Raiola’s clientele – was targeted by Rossoblu fans on the grounds of his skin colour.

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Tuesday April 2 2019
Kean: 'Best response to racism'

Juventus and Italy star Moise Kean confirms his goal celebration against Cagliari was “the best way to respond to racism.”

The 19-year-old had already been insulted throughout the 2-0 Bianconeri victory at the Sardegna Arena on Tuesday evening.

When he scored at the 85th minute, he stood arms outstretched in front of the ultras behind the net, sparking even more furious and openly racist abuse from the stands.

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Tuesday April 2 2019
Pjanic: 'Cagliari racism last year too'

Miralem Pjanic feels “there is no place in football” for racism after Juventus teammates Moise Kean and Blaise Matuidi were insulted by Cagliari fans.

The incident occurred after Kean scored Juve’s second goal of the game and celebrated in front of the Cagliari ultras, who were behind the net.

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Tuesday April 2 2019
Bonucci: 'Kean blame for racist abuse'

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci claimed Moise Kean had to shoulder “50-50 blame” for racist abuse from Cagliari fans.

The striker scored in the final minutes at the Sardegna Arena and his celebration saw him stand in front of the ultras behind the goal, hands outstretched, almost challenging those who had jeered him.

That prompted even louder and far clearer racist abuse, which before that had been from only a handful of fans.

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Saturday March 16 2019
Matuidi: 'Allegri great man-manager'

Blaise Matuidi praised Juventus Coach Max Allegri for his man-management skills, Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic and explained his goal celebration.

The Bianconeri are 18 points clear at the top of the Serie A table and will face Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals after overturning a 2-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid.

“Every Coach has his philosophy and Allegri has his,” the World Cup winner told DAZN Italia.

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Thursday March 14 2019
France: Matuidi in, Bakayoko out

Juventus’ Blaise Matuidi is the only Serie A player named in France’s squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland.

Matuidi is in line to add to his 77 caps for France, but there are no places for Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Roma’s Steven Nzonzi.

Les Bleus kick off their qualifying campaign against Moldova on March 22, before travelling to Iceland three days later. 

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Tuesday March 12 2019
Matuidi: 'Ronaldo best in the world'

Blaise Matuidi urged Juventus to always play the way they did against Atletico Madrid, while Cristiano Ronaldo is “the best in the world.”

CR7 scored a hat-trick as Juve overturned the 2-0 first leg deficit to knock Atleti out of the Champions League Round of 16.

“It was an extraordinary performance from everyone, a really special night,” Matuidi told Sky Sport Italia.

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