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Massimiliano Allegri casts doubt on Aaron Ramsey transfer

Massimiliano Allegri raises doubts over Juventus’s interest in Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey by insisting that he already has “five top midfielders” to choose from. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has refused to confirm his interest in signing Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal. Reports in Italy this week suggested that the Serie A champions could announce an agreement for the soon-to-be free agent by the end of the weekend. Ramsey is said to have been given permission by Arsenal to fly out to Italy after Saturday’s match with West Ham United to finalise a switch, which will go through at the end of the campaign. Speaking for the first time since that fresh speculation emerged, however, Allegri appeared to raise doubts over whether a move for Ramsey is as far down the l...

Massimiliano Allegri responds to Manchester United rumours

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri plays down suggestions that he is ready to take charge of Manchester United. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has played down suggestions that he is ready to take charge of Manchester United at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently United’s interim boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, but it is understood that the Red Devils will appoint a new long-term manager at the end of the season. Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino has been strongly linked with the position, although Allegri is also believed to be under consideration and was said to be ready to take the role. The Italian, however, has denied claims that his time in Turin is coming to an end. “I still have a year and a half on my contract,...

Allegri wants to end 2018 with another Juventus win

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri wants to end another successful year on a high. Juve, the reigning seven-time champions, end 2018 in top spot again, nine points clear of nearest rivals Napoli. On Saturday, they host Sampdoria in a match Allegri insists will not be a formality. Allegri has also warned his side to be wary of Sampdoria’s in-form forward Fabio Quagliarella. “It will be a very difficult match,” Allegri told reporters at his pre-match press conference. “We have to get the three points so that we can end the year well and enter the break with piece of mind. “Sampdoria have only lost once in their last seven games, and have taken a positive result in their last three away trips. “It is not a game to be underestimated, we will need the support of the fans. “Quagliarella is an a...

Allegri demanding even more from table-toppers Juve

Topping the table at Christmas means very little to Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, who wants six more points on the board before the new year arrives. Juve restored their eight-point lead over second-placed Napoli by beating Roma 1-0 in Turin on Saturday night thanks to a first-half goal from Mario Mandzukic, but the Bianconeri toiled fruitlessly in pursuit of a second goal to kill the game off. Next is a trip to face Atalanta on Boxing Day, which is swiftly followed by next Saturday’s home meeting with Sampdoria. Allegri told juventus.com: “We haven’t won anything yet. We are doing good things and we are the winter champions but we need to have picked up even more points as of December 29. “The lads played well after the break and (Robin) Olsen made some good saves. Overall I’m happy...

Juve boss Allegri warns of threat still posed by struggling Roma

Roma sit 22 points adrift of Juventus in seventh in the Serie A table. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is surprised to see Roma struggling and expects to face strong opposition on Saturday. The Giallorossi finished third in Serie A last season, but sit seventh in the table this term with only six wins from 16 games, a full 22 points behind leaders Juve. Allegri said on juventus.com: “Roma are a very good technical side – the only other Italian team left in the Champions League alongside Juventus. “Nobody was expecting them to be where they are in the table, but we cannot afford to take any match lightly. The table doesn’t tell the full story – it will only give a true picture on December 29, when we reach the halfway point of the season. “The lads have had a great week. Tomorrow we need...

Massimiliano Allegri: Juventus have made big step forward with Torino win

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri felt his side had made “a big step forward” after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty secured a hard-earned 1-0 win at rivals Torino which extended their unbeaten Serie A run to 16 games. The Bianconeri produced the required response from the unexpected midweek Champions League defeat at Swiss club Young Boys, coming through what was a tough test in difficult conditions at the Stadio Olimpico. Ronaldo converted from the spot in the 70th minute after Torino substitute goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo had clattered into Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian was then denied a goal himself for offside in the build up from a free-kick after a Video Assistant Review, but it did not impact on the final outcome. Juve’s 15th league victory moves Allegri’s men 11 points clear of Napoli,...

Allegri hails ‘great striker’ Mandzukic

Massimiliano Allegri hailed Mario Mandzukic after the Croatian’s goal was enough to send Juventus 11 points clear in Serie A with a 1-0 Derby d’Italia victory over Inter Milan. Mandzukic was once again the man for the big occasion as he headed home the only goal in the 66th minute. “Mario is a great striker,” Allegri said on Sky Sports Italia. “It is not an accident he won the treble with Bayern Munich. He is a player who always makes his mark, even on bad days.” With only two points dropped all season, Juventus are once again threatening to run away with the league, but Allegri sought to shut down such talk. “We knew the championship wouldn’t end today,” he said. “But we still absolutely had to avoid defeat.” The match proved a close battle, with Inter left to rue a Roberto Gagliardini sh...

Inter are a force to be reckoned with again, says Juve boss Allegri

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes Inter Milan are once again genuine Serie A title contenders. Since winning a league, cup and European treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010, the Nerazzurri have been far removed from the Scudetto race as several changes of ownership have forced periods of transition. But Inter finished fourth under Luciano Spalletti last season and 14 games into the current campaign sit third and look good for a Champions League place, even if Juve do look untouchable at the top. Ahead of Friday night’s Derby d’Italia in Turin, head coach Allegri said at a press conference: “Regardless of where we are in the table, it will be a fascinating evening. It will be a technical and mental test against a team who have grown a lot, and that with Napoli are our rivals for the...

Allegri hails Juventus’ desire after convincing win at Fiorentina

Massimiliano Allegri saluted his “champions and men of character” as Juventus brushed aside the challenge of Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Strikes from Rodrigo Bentancur and Giorgio Chiellini plus Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty earned Juventus a 3-0 victory as they moved eight points clear at the top of Serie A after 14 fixtures. Juve have only dropped two points in the top-flight this season and Allegri was full of praise for his troops after this latest success. He said in quotes on the club’s website: “This is a team made up of champions and men of character. “To win you must have the desire to make a race more, to gain an extra centimetre, you must have the humility to put yourself on a par with the opponents on the physical plane and these players have it.” Fiorentina made a ...

Massimiliano Allegri eyes Manchester United result after Juventus beat Cagliari

Massimiliano Allegri set his sights on Manchester United and Champions League progress as soon as Juventus racked up their 10th win of the Serie A campaign against Cagliari. After nearest rivals Inter Milan romped to victory against Genoa earlier in the day, the Bianconeri restored their six-point cushion at the top of the standings with a 3-1 triumph at the Allianz Stadium. Juventus got off to the dream start as Paulo Dybala struck inside the opening minute, but Cagliari came back into proceedings and levelled superbly though Joao Pedro. However, Filip Bradaric scored an own goal just 125 seconds later and Juan Cuadrado diffused rising tension late on by sweeping home Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross. While it was at times an unconvincing display, it acted as a solid warm-up for Wednesday’s Cham...

There’s still room for improvement, says Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes there is still more to come from his side after a double from Mario Mandzukic helped beat Serie A title rivals Napoli 3-1. The Bianconeri maintained the perfect start to the new season and recorded a seventh straight league win, but fell behind at the Allianz Stadium after 10 minutes when Dries Mertens scored from close range. Cristiano Ronaldo, though, soon inspired the start of an impressive comeback, his floated cross headed in by Mandzukic. The Croatian frontman added another early in the second half after Ronaldo’s low shot had come back off the post. Napoli full-back Mario Rui was sent off on the hour for collecting a second yellow card and defender Leonardo Bonucci added a late third following a corner. Juventus are now some six points cl...

Result: Allegri ready for major challenge against Napoli

Serie A’s top two meet on Saturday. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has demanded his Serie A champions raise their level of performance against Napoli at Allianz Stadium. A battle between first and second sees Juventus defend the only perfect record left in the league after six rounds and Allegri knows the visitors, who are only three points behind, will offer stiff opposition. “We will see the two teams facing each other that have fought for the title in the last few years,” he said. “It will be a great challenge that will matter more for Napoli based on the current standings. “We just have to think about playing in a big match, because the result alone won’t decide the season. “So far we have been very good but against Napoli we have to be even better. From a mental aspect we will hav...

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