CHIESA CREDITS PIRLO FOR JUVE FORM

CHIESA CREDITS PIRLO FOR JUVE FORM

Juventus attacker Federico Chiesa has credited manager Andrea Pirlo for his role in the form he has shown for the Old Lady this season. Chiesa has been one of the best players for Italian football giants Juventus in what has been a difficult season by their usual high standards.

CHIESA CREDITS PIRLO FOR JUVE FORM
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The Italian football top flight champions have won the league title in each of the last eight seasons but a ninth straight title is highly unlikely for Juve due to their poor form and the good form shown by Italian football rivals Inter Milan. Juventus trail Inter Milan by 12 points ahead of the remaining nine games this season. In addition, Juve are back in third place after the win over Napoli and they are one point off AC Milan in second place.

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JORGINHO CONSIDERING NAPOLI RETURN

JORGINHO CONSIDERING NAPOLI RETURN

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho would be interested in a return to Italian football with former club Napoli if he leaves the Blues. This is according to his agent Jorge Santos. Jorge Santos talked about Jorginho in a chat with Radio Marte. According to him, his client won’t have any issues returning to Napoli as suggested by several transfer rumours. Jorginho has been strongly linked with a return to StadioMaradona to play for Europa League campaigners Napoli.

He was in Italian football until 2018 when he left Napoli to sign for Chelsea.Jorginho was closing in on a move to Premier League table toppers Manchester City before the Blues swooped in to sign him under the noses of the Citizens.

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UCL: ITALIAN FOOTBALL IN SERIOUS TROUBLE

UCL: ITALIAN FOOTBALL IN SERIOUS TROUBLE

Italian football started this season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) with four representatives but it is unlikely that there would be at least one representative left in the competition when hostilities resume in the quarterfinals next month. Inter Milan, Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta were the Italian football representatives in the UCL this season. Three of the four teams made it out of the group stage and into the round of 16. Italian champions Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta made it out of the group stage at the end of last year, while Italian Serie A leaders Inter Milan didn’t make it out of their group. As a matter of fact, Inter Milan finished bottom of the group that had Real Madrid, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Shakthar Donetsk.

The round of 16 ties in the Champions League started last month with the aformentioned trio of Juventus, Atalanta and Lazio as Italian football representatives but they are likely to progress beyond this stage as things stand. Juventus arethe holders of the Italian football top flight league and they have already been eliminated by FC Porto. The Italian champions were eliminated by Portuguese champions FC Porto by the away goals rule. The Old Lady lost the first leg 2-1 away from home before a 3-2 win over Porto ensured that the Portuguese giants will advance into the quarterfinals at their expense.

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ZIDANE CONSIDERING ISCO AS FALSE NINE

ZIDANE CONSIDERING ISCO AS FALSE NINE

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is said to be considering the idea of playing Spanish international IscoAlarcon when they play hosts Atalanta in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday night. Italian football club Atalantawould be hoping to capitalise on the numerous injury problems at Real Madrid when the two teams meet for the first time in the competition. Real Madrid are without several first team players for the game including Frenchman Karim Benzema, who would have led the line if he was available. In his absence, Zidane could start Isco as a false nine according to journalist JosepPedrerol, who works for El Chiringuito TV in Spain. It was revealed that striker Mariano could come in as a substitute later in the game if he is snubbed in favour of Isco, who would be able to control the ball better while leading the line.

Isco as a false nine could be a good idea for Zinedine Zidane against an offensive team like Italian football outfit Atalanta.Isco is not new to the false nine role having played there regularly during the two-year tenure of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane was the assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at that time. Isco Alarcon has not had much playing time under Zidane at Real Madrid this season and was linked with a move away from the club last month. The Spaniard will stay at Real Madrid until the summer but what happens to him afterwards is anyone’s guess.

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Pochettino refuses to rule out move for Inter midfielder

Pochettino refuses to rule out move for Inter midfielder

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that the club will try to look into the availability of Christian Eriksen. The Inter Milan midfielder has struggled for form and he is available in the market after Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed that a few weeks ago about the same. Pochettino is no stranger to Eriksen after having managed the Danish midfielder during his time at Tottenham. After leaving Spurs in 2019, Pochettino had been out of work until now. However, he has been able to find a top job in the form of PSG. The serial French league champions will be aware about the quality possessed by Christian Eriksen.

The club are expected to be active in the transfer market following the appointment of Pochettino, who will have funds to spend in January and in the summer. A number of ambitious moves have been touted around. The club are reportedly keen on bringing Lionel Messi, who will be a free agent in the summer, for the ultimate reunion with Neymar. Pochettino is a manager would like to work with players who are not superstars. He also knows Eriksen extremely well after having managed him for the five seasons at Spurs.

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Be a Pro at Amateur Football

Be a Pro at Amateur Football

Football is one of the more popular sports in the world. Millions of people all over the globe love watching or playing the beautiful game, and there are loads of different reasons to do so. The sport is fast-paced, exciting, and a lot of fun to play and to watch. Football is also a great form of exercise, as it gives you a great cardiovascular workout and involves the entire body, whichever position you are playing in. Finally, the social aspect of the sport is a big draw for many fans, whether it is playing alongside teammates or bonding with fellow fans while watching football games live or at the pub.

Are you interested in getting into playing amateur football? Whether you haven’t played football since you were a kid in the park or school playground or have never touched a ball before in your life, you can get started with these five top tips that we have gathered for you!

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FANS VOTE GREALISH OVER RONALDO

FANS VOTE GREALISH OVER RONALDO

Fans have surprisingly voted for Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish over Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as far as Whoscored Followers Ultimate XI for 2020 is concerned. The followers of football stats platform Whoscored picked Jack Grealish ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ultimate XI for last year. Almost 34,000 votes were cast as a lot of notable names including Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on the final team after fans had voted. New Aston Villa shot stopper Emiliano Martinez made the list after he received 53% of the total votes. He played for both Arsenal and Aston Villa in 2020.

Inter Milan right-back AchraafHakimi is in debut season in Italian football after making the move from Real Madrid last summer. He had spent last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid last season. Hakimi got 55% of the votes. He played for Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan in 2020. Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma and currently injured Liverpool player Virgil Van Dijk are the centre backs in the team. Kurt Zouma got 44% of the votes, while Virgil Van Dijk secured 50% of the votes. AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez has been in sensational form in Italian football this season and he completes the defensive setup at left-back with 54% of the votes.

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GOLDEN BOOT RACE: RONALDO EXTENDS LEAD

GOLDEN BOOT RACE: RONALDO EXTENDS LEAD

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his lead at the top of the Golden Boot race as far as the Italian football top flight is concerned this season. The Portuguese international hit two goals in the win over Udinese at the weekend to extend his lead over nearest challenger RomeluLukaku as the race to win the Golden Boot starts to gather pace in the Italian football top flight this term. Cristiano Ronaldo has made a big impact on Italian football since his move from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer of 2018 and he further highlighted his influence in Italian football with a brace during the 4-1 victory at home to Udinese as his Juventus side bounced back from the disappointing maiden league defeat of the season suffered at the hands of Fiorentina last year.

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juventus a first half lead on the half hour mark. Italian international Federico Chiesa added a second goal four minutes into the second half before Ronaldo took the game beyond the reach of Udinese with the third Juventus goal on 70 minutes. Dutchman Marvin Zeegelaar scored the lone Udinese goal on 90 minutes and there was still time for Juventus to score a fourth goal through Paolo Dybala.

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PIRLO HAS DEFENSIVE ISSUES

PIRLO HAS DEFENSIVE ISSUES

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo is faced with a mini-defensive crisis after Dutch international centre back Matthijs De Ligt was ruled out of the league clash with highflyers Sassuolo at home on Sunday evening.

Matthijs De Ligt joined the growing list of absentees for the Old Lady in the defensive area after the club confirmed on Friday that the Dutchman has tested positive for Covid-19. Matthijs De Ligt was highly sought after while he was at boyhood club Ajax Amsterdam and it was Juventus that won the race to sign him at the start of last season.

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RONALDO SET TO BE RESTED

RONALDO SET TO BE RESTED

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that star man Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be featuring in their first Serie A clash of the New Year against Benevento after they both agreed that the club’s top-scorer would be rested following a hectic run of fixtures up until Christmas.

Ronaldo was given a rest break after he featured in a congested run of fixtures for Juventus and Portugal in November, as Pirlo has made it clear that he wants his superstar rested so he would not accumulate fatigue or sustain any injury as a result of fixture congestion.

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