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

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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Aquilani Takes Primavera Title

Change of coach is a normal thing in the professional world of sports and when it comes to football, you see these things happening more often than you might expect in any other walk of life. It’s rare for relatively inexperienced bosses to be put in charge of companies or corporations, but that is where football is different again. When Emiliano Bigicia resigned as the coach of the Primavera team, it was (ex-Liverpool midfielder) Alberto Aquilani was selected as the new head coach of the team, and from there it went rather well…

After he made his former team Fiorentina as the champions of the Primavera Coppa Italia as a coach, he now is the new ray of hope as the manager of the reserve team, with everyone at the club having high expectations. The Viola director Commisso thanked him and his team as they brought the trophy to their home. He expressed his happiness after seeing the boys with the trophy held high.

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IMMOBILE EXTENDS LAZIO DEAL

Italian striker Ciro Immobile has ended the speculation regarding his future by putting pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal with the club. The marksman enjoyed a superb 2019/2020 campaign where he netted 36 goals in the Serie A and he was hence handed the European Golden Shoe for being the leading scorer in Europe’s top leagues.

Over the past few months, he was regularly linked with a move to the Premier League with Everton and Newcastle United and Immobile himself admitted that he had held talks with the latter before their failed takeover from Saudi PIF. He has now committed his long-term future to Lazio by signing a new five-year contract.

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Will Conte’s fresh start make the difference?

“We must not let ourselves be overcome by these five victories. Other teams are ahead in terms of knowledge”. Those were the words of new Inter boss Antonio Conte after a 1-0 win over Lazio.

Since then Inter have gone on to maintain a perfect record in Serie A this season, notching an important and hard fought win away to Sampdoria at the weekend. That makes it six wins from six in Serie A.

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