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Monday October 23 2017
Buffon: ‘Can’t choose World Cup or CL’

Gianluigi Buffon says he “can’t choose” between winning the World Cup or finally lifting the Champions League.

This is likely to be the legendary goalkeeper’s last season as a player, and the Juventus and Italy captain is looking to go out on a high.

Tonight he’s attending the FIFA The Best awards, where he’s nominated for Best Goalkeeper.

“I’m happy to be here, I hope I can win the award but I don’t know if it’s possible,” Buffon shrugged, speaking on the green carpet.

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Monday October 23 2017
Allegri: ‘Conte is a great Coach’

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri calls his predecessor Antonio Conte “great”, and discusses the Udinese result.

The tactician is nominated for Coach of the Year at FIFA’s The Best awards, and spoke to reporters on the green carpet ahead of the ceremony.

“Conte? He’s a great Coach, he won the Premier League in his first year, so he proved that,” Allegri said when asked about another nominee.

“He’s kept getting results, as he did at Juventus.

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Monday October 23 2017
Serie A Team of Week 9

Following the draw with Inter, Napoli still remain top as Dave Taylor selects his best XI from Week 9’s action.

Samir Handanovic [Inter]

The big Slovenian pulled off a series of great saves, allowing the visitors to come away with a hard-earned point. His fabulous double save to first deny Jose Callejon saw him immediately whip back up to block Dries Mertens from converting the rebound with a strong right hand block. Excellent.

Raul Albiol [Napoli]

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Monday October 23 2017
Looking for Leo

Leonardo Bonucci has struggled since swapping Milan for Juventus, and Emmet Gates wonders if there's regret on both sides.

As referee Piero Giacomelli ran across the San Siro turf on Sunday to assess the VAR, much of the 47,000 crowd inside the stadium waited with bated breath. The footage Giacomelli saw showed Leonardo Bonucci elbowing Aleandro Rosi from a Milan corner. As the referee brandished the red card, audible gasps could be heard, but the truth of the matter is that Bonucci could have little complaint, nor could he quibble with the two game ban which followed.

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Monday October 23 2017
Bonaventura in doubt for Juventus?

Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura is reportedly at risk of missing the game against Juventus at the weekend.

The Italian international went off with a hamstring injury against Genoa at the weekend, and didn’t train at Milanello today.

According to Sky, it’s basically certain that he’ll miss Wednesday’s game at Chievo, but it’s feared he could also miss the visit of the Bianconeri.

Bonaventura will undergo tests tomorrow, but as things stand there’s a real risk he could miss the clash with the champions.

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Monday October 23 2017
Bonucci given two game ban

Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci has been given a two game ban for his elbow on Genoa’s Aleandro Rosi, so he’ll miss the Juventus game.

The centre-back was tussling with his opponent and swung an elbow into his face, leaving the Grifone man bleeding badly.

After consultation with the Video Assistant Referee the Rossoneri skipper was sent off, and today he’s been given a two-match ban.

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Monday October 23 2017
Imperfect Calcio

This sport cannot be an exact science because there are so many moving variables, as Susy Campanale saw in Serie A Week 9.

Football is not a level playing field and never can be. Over the course of a season, big games will come at bad times for some, they’ll all have different fixture lists, referees won’t always interpret similar incidents the same way and you won’t react to obstacles in identical fashion either. That’s what sets a league tournament apart from a shorter knock-out competition, as in theory, these should all even themselves out. In theory.

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Sunday October 22 2017
Did Dybala insult Allegri?

There is a Paulo Dybala controversy brewing at Juventus after he was caught on camera insulting Coach Max Allegri.

The striker was substituted during the 6-2 victory away to Udinese on Sunday evening and did not seem at all pleased with the decision.

He was spotted muttering an insult in Spanish while he was looking towards Allegri on the bench.

Sky Sport Italia and Rai Sport both reported on the incident.

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Sunday October 22 2017
Milan: Sousa or wait for big name?

Milan reportedly deciding between Paulo Sousa and Gennaro Gattuso as caretaker if Vincenzo Montella is sacked, awaiting Antonio Conte or Carlo Ancelotti.

The Rossoneri are without a Serie A victory in over a month, managing one point from the last four rounds, and were held to a 0-0 draw by AEK Athens in the Europa League on Thursday.

According to multiple reports this evening, Montella has two more games to save his job, as Milan visit Chievo on Wednesday evening and then have a crucial showdown with Juventus next Saturday.

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Sunday October 22 2017
Buffon: 'Juve should study Higuain'

Gigi Buffon said Juventus ought to “watch videos of Gonzalo Higuain” against Udinese to learn about work-rate after they won with 10 men.

Mario Mandzukic saw red for dissent after 25 minutes, but the Bianconeri still emerged 6-2 winners at the Dacia Arena.

“We have to take on the best aspect of this, which was the character, tenacity and desire to overcome obstacles,” Buffon told Mediaset Premium.

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