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Tuesday January 29 2019
Juve midfield not Champions quality

Once the cornerstone of Juventus strength, the midfield has now become their main flaw in pursuit of the Champions League, argues Ramez Nathan.

Juve's path back to greatness began with Antonio Conte seven years ago. The Italian tactician had just arrived after leading Siena to promotion and was about to start the most challenging journey with the Old Lady.

We all know the story, they'd been back in Serie A for five campaigns failing to achieve any silverware and their former captain guided them to three successive Scudetti, including an unbeaten run in their first title.

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Wednesday January 23 2019
Serie A goes Info-VARs

Social media campaigns like #JuveOut serve only to obscure the real issues in Serie A, writes Gaby McKay.

Last week, following the Supercoppa between Juventus and Milan, the hashtag #JuveOut began trending in Italy.

The social media campaign appears to have been started by an Inter fan in the wake of the Bianconeri’s controversial win in Jeddah. “I’m trying to launch a hashtag which will serve to organise a widespread protest for a country which loves football and can no longer tolerate certain tricks: #JuveOut,” Interismo Cosmico wrote. “We ask Serie A to remove Juventus from our league”.

 

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Thursday January 3 2019
Matuidi: ‘An incredible year’

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi calls 2018 “an incredible year” where he “realised dreams I’ve had since I was a kid”.

The 31-year-old won both the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia with the Bianconeri, before going on to lift the World Cup with France in the summer.

“It was an incredible year, a year that I will never forget,” Matuidi told Sky.

“I realised dreams I’ve had since I was a kid, which is what made it such an incredible year.

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Wednesday January 2 2019
Matuidi: ‘I want CL with Juventus’

World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi is aiming for even more success in 2019 - “I’m thinking of the Champions League with Juventus”.

The Frenchman won the World Cup with Les Bleus in the summer, having already won a Scudetto and Coppa Italia double with the Bianconeri.

“When you become world champion, things can change,” Matuidi explained at the Dubai Sports Council.

“For my part I intend to win even more in the future, I’m thinking of the Champions League with Juventus.

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Wednesday December 26 2018
Matuidi donates World Cup winnings to charity

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has revealed that he donated his World Cup winnings to charity.

France received $38m in prize money for lifting the World Cup last summer, while each of the 23 players who represented Les Blues in Russia were awarded a $330,000 bonus.

“We’re all free to make that decision [of donating] and making it public but yes, I donated the money to my association,” Matuidi told Journal du Dimanche.

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Thursday November 29 2018
Matuidi: ‘Improved at Juventus’

Blaise Matuidi believes “I’ve grown” at Juventus, and hopes to meet Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League “as late as possible”.

The Bianconeri have secured their place in the Last 16 of the competition, and will win the group if they beat Young Boys in Switzerland next time out.

“I think we’ve had good results in the Champions League,” Matuidi told Sky.

“We’ve had some good matches and the only moment of collapse was against Manchester United at home.

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Thursday November 22 2018
Matuidi rested for Spal?

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi may not play against Spal, as he was granted an extra day off training today.

The 31-year-old won the World Cup with France in the summer, and has already played 16 games for the Bianconeri this season.

Before the international break he admitted that he’d “gladly take a week’s holiday”, but he started for Les Bleus against the Netherlands and Uruguay.

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Wednesday November 14 2018
Matuidi: 'Nzonzi adapted to Roma quickly'

Blaise Matuidi does not mind changing his position between France and Juventus, but is “surprised” at how well Steven Nzonzi adapted to Roma.

The World Cup winner is currently on international duty with France and spoke at a Press conference about his current campaign.

“It doesn’t matter what position I am in, as long as I get to play and help the team,” said the midfielder.

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Monday November 12 2018
Matuidi: “I need a holiday!”

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi admits “I’d gladly take a week’s holiday by the sea” but "it's not possible" right now.

The 31-year-old helped France to win the World Cup in the summer, and he’s already played 16 games for the Bianconeri this season.

Now he will join up with Les Bleus for the international break, leaving very little time to recharge his batteries.

“I’d gladly take a week’s holiday by the sea, if only I could,” Matuidi admitted in an interview with La Repubblica.

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Tuesday November 6 2018
Matuidi returns to Juventus training

Blaise Matuidi and Joao Cancelo both trained with Juventus this afternoon, ahead of tomorrow’s Manchester United game.

The Bianconeri were facing a midfield injury crisis, as Sami Khedira is just coming back from muscular problems and Emre Can is out.

Blaise Matuidi missed Sunday and Monday’s sessions with a bruised hip, leaving Rodrigo Bentancur and Miralem Pjanic as the only fit central midfielders.

However, Matuidi returned to training at Continassa today, so should be available for selection tomorrow night.

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