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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Toni suggests Pep Guardiola wants to manage in Italy at some point

Former Italy international and World Cup winner Luca Toni has said that Pep Guardiola has the ambition of managing a Serie A club at some point in the future. The Catalan tactician is currently on course to secure his second league title in three seasons at Manchester City, and he could create further history by guiding the club to a historic domestic treble.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Toni suggested that his former Brescia teammate will arrive in Italy sooner or later, given he likes to take up different challenges. He added that the 48-year-old has previously told him about the prospect of managing in the Italian top-flight, where Roma and Juventus can be regarded as potential destinations.

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CONTE NOT RETURNING TO ITALY

During the 2016-17 season of the English Premier League, it was Chelsea the team that emerged victorious in a very dominating fashion as the squad of Antonio Conte were located at the top of the English competition for the majority of the season and did not really struggle trying to maintain themselves reasonably ahead from the rest of the teams.

After that dominating campaign from Chelsea, it was rumored that Antonio Conte was interested in making a return to Italy as he had already proved that he is more than capable of being successful away from his original home turf.

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