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Sunday October 6 2019
Inter lack Juve's variety

While Maurizio Sarri and Juventus showed their ability to adapt, Antonio Conte’s Inter struggle beyond Plan A, explains Elio Salerno.

The Derby d’Italia was once again decided by a late Gonzalo Higuain goal at San Siro, but everything leading up to that moment showed the progress at both Juventus and Inter.

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Sunday October 6 2019
Bonucci: 'The game we enjoy'

Leonardo Bonucci said the 2-1 win over Inter at San Siro was “the kind of game we enjoy” and he’s eager to help Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt.

Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain scored either side of a Lautaro Martinez penalty to decide the Derby d’Italia, ending Inter’s 100 per cent record.

“We were able to deal with the various moments of the game with confidence in ourselves, but also humility,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday October 5 2019
Bonucci: 'Conte was perfect for Juve'

Leonardo Bonucci described why Antonio Conte “was perfect for Juventus” and “it was easy to foresee” he’d have the same influence on Inter.

These teams meet on Sunday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

This is a top of the table showdown with only two point separating them, but is above all the first time Conte has faced Juve in a competitive match since his three-term winning streak in Turin.

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Wednesday October 2 2019
De Ligt: I've found my place

Matthijs de Ligt believes he has now “found my place” at Juventus after a tough baptism of fire.

Jvue splashed out €75m to sign De Ligt from Ajax over the summer and he has gone on to replace the injured Giorgio Chiellini in the Bianconeri’s backline.

“I’m getting used to how the lads play. Beating Bayer was good,” he told Veronica after yesterday’s 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

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Monday September 30 2019
‘De Ligt was destined for greatness’

Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz claims Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt was already a great player when he was 17.

Bosz was De Ligt’s Coach at Ajax during the 2016-17 campaign and started his fellow Dutchman against Manchester United in that season’s Europa League Final.

“When I was coaching Ajax he was only 17, but he was a great player even then,” Bosz said at a Press conference for tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Juve.

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Saturday September 28 2019
Juventus set play surrender

The problem of conceding from dead ball situations is not new at Juventus, nor is it solely a tactical issue, explains Elio Salerno.

Over the years the name Juventus has been synonymous with disciplined, aggressive and resolute defending. However, a defensive deficiency has been discovered. Despite the new season being in its infancy, this apparent weakness in the back-line has already come under heavy scrutiny.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
Sarri: 'Juventus tactically versatile'

Maurizio Sarri explained Juventus will work on both the 4-3-3 and 4-3-1-2 formations after fighting back to beat Brescia 2-1, especially after Danilo’s injury.

Alfredo Donnarumma had bent back Wojciech Szczesny’s gloves after just four minutes to put the Rondinelle in front, but a Chancellor own goal and Miralem Pjanic volley after a free kick turned the game around.

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Monday September 23 2019
Juve pair in FIFPro World 11

Juventus pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt have been named in the 2019 FIFA FIFPro World 11.

Ronaldo did not attend The Best FIFA Football Awards gala in Milan on Monday, despite being up for Best Men’s Player.

However, he is included in attack for the 13th straight year, alongside Kylian Mbappe and long-time rival Lionel Messi.

De Ligt is recognised for a breakout 2018-19 campaign, which saw him reach the Champions League semi-finals with Ajax and earn a blockbuster transfer to Juve.

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Thursday September 19 2019
'De Ligt chose Juve for the money'

Barcelona claim Matthijs de Ligt’s only motive for joining Juventus was money. “Italian taxation allows him to earn a higher net salary.”

Barca were long listed as favourites to sign De Ligt, but their failure to agree terms with the ex-Ajax defender let in Juve, who have pledged to pay him €8m plus €4m in bonuses over the next five years.

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Wednesday September 18 2019
Nedved: 'Will be space for Dybala'

Pavel Nedved is confident Juventus will put in a Champions League level performance with Atletico Madrid, discussing Matthijs de Ligt and Paulo Dybala.

It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), click here for the line-up and LIVEBLOG.

“The Champions League has a special sensation, especially for our top level players, so we expect a Champions League evening,” the Vice-President told Sky Sport Italia.

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