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Massimiliano Allegri dismisses Cristiano Ronaldo exit reports

Massimiliano Allegri has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo is “the future” of Juventus as they look to soothe their Champions League disappointment by lifting an eighth successive Serie A title. Juve welcome Fiorentina to the Allianz Stadium on Saturday knowing victory will clinch another Scudetto four days after their hopes of European glory went up in smoke as Ajax claimed a famous quarter-final win in Turin. Ronaldo scored home and away against the Dutch side, who went through on the away goals rule, but while acknowledging that the 34-year-old’s brilliance alone was not enough, manager Allegri predicted he will lead the fight once again next season. He told a press conference: “Cristiano is the future of Juventus. He did very well this year and will do so the next. Of course he is disapp...

Juventus to cash in on Paulo Dybala to fund Mohamed Salah move?

Paulo Dybala could be sold by Juventus this summer to help fund a move for one of their big-name transfer targets, with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah among them. Juventus are reportedly looking into cashing in on Paulo Dybala to help with their pursuit of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. The Bianconeri are ready to make changes this summer after falling short in their bid to lift the Champions League trophy, tasting defeat in the quarter-finals to Ajax. Tuttosport claims that Benfica youngster Joao Felix, wantaway Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi and Federico Chiesa of Fiorentina are all also targets for the Italian giants. To facilitate their attacking changes, the report indicates that Juventus are ready to offload Dybala to the highest bidder, with Manchester United possibly being int...

Preview: Juventus vs. Fiorentina – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Serie A clash between Juventus and Fiorentina from Turin. Juventus will welcome Fiorentina to Turin on Saturday night knowing that a win in front of their own supporters would seal an eighth straight Serie A title. The Old Lady will enter the match off the back of a hugely disappointing result, though, with a 2-1 loss to Ajax on Tuesday night seeing them exit the Champions League at the quarter-final stage. Juventus © Reuters This was supposed to be the season where Juve ended their long wait for a third European Cup. Indeed, Cristiano Ronaldo was signed last summer with the view to triumphing in Europe for the first time since 1996. Their wait will go on, though, following Tuesday’s 2-1 home...

How Juventus could line up against Fiorentina

Sports Mole looks at how Juventus could line up in Saturday’s Serie A clash with Fiorentina. Juventus will welcome Fiorentina to Turin on Saturday night knowing that a win in front of their own supporters would seal an eighth straight Serie A title. Indeed, the Old Lady are 17 points clear of second-placed Napoli with six games left and all three points this weekend would seal yet another championship. Massimiliano Allegri‘s side will enter the match off the back of a hugely disappointing result, though, with a 2-1 loss to Ajax on Tuesday night seeing them exit the Champions League at the quarter-final stage. Juve must move on as soon as possible, however, and will be looking to give their supporters something substantial to cheer this weekend. Here, Sports Mole has taken a loo...

Result: Ajax pull off another famous win in Turin to eliminate Juventus

Ajax produce a second-leg comeback to overcome Juventus 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Ajax have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 1997 with a 2-1 victory over Juventus at the Allianz Arena, sending them through 3-2 on aggregate. The Dutch side trailed to Cristiano Ronaldo‘s fifth knockout-round goal in Juve colours with half an hour played, but they hit back through Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt to deservedly progress through. Erik ten Hag‘s side have now seen off defending champions Real Madrid and many people’s favourites Juventus to make it to the semis, where they will face the winners of the all-Premier League tie between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. © ...

Preview: Juventus vs. Ajax – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Juventus and Ajax. Juventus and Ajax reconvene in Turin on Tuesday evening for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. David Neres cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo‘s opener in last week’s opening tussle in Amsterdam to leave the leaders of the Italian and Dutch top flights locked at 1-1. Juventus © Reuters Juve are no strangers to the latter stages of the Champions League, aiming to reach the semi-finals for the third time in the last five seasons. Massimiliano Allegri‘s men, beaten finalists in 2015 and 2017, will consider last week’s draw at the Johan Cruijff ArenA a positive result thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s awa...

Paul Scholes: ‘Manchester United cannot afford to lose Paul Pogba’

Paul Scholes says that Manchester United will be losing their “best player” if they allow Paul Pogba to join Real Madrid this summer. Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has warned his former club that they cannot afford to lose Real Madrid target Paul Pogba during the summer transfer window. The France international has publicly flirted with the La Liga giants and Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has done little to play down a move. Several players are expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia all out of contract. However, Scholes is more concerned about the future of Pogba, who scored two more penalties in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United to take his goals tally for the season to 16 in...

Preview: SPAL vs. Juventus – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Serie A clash between SPAL and Juventus. Juventus will travel to SPAL on Saturday afternoon knowing that a point would see them land their eighth straight Serie A crown with six matches to spare. Indeed, Juve currently sit 20 points clear of second-placed Napoli in Italy’s top flight, but SPAL are desperately battling to stay clear of the relegation zone and will not provide straightforward opposition. SPAL © Reuters Juve winning the title is inevitable, but SPAL will be desperate to prevent that happening this weekend as they look to move further clear of the relegation zone approaching the business end of the campaign. Eight wins, eight draws and 15 defeats – that is how SPAL have p...

Champions League Team of the Week – Roberto Firmino, Son Heung-min, Frenkie de Jong

Sports Mole selects its Champions League team of the week for the first legs of the quarter-finals, including Roberto Firmino, Son Heung-min and Frenkie de Jong. A star-studded quarter-final stage of the Champions League began this week with eight European heavyweights doing battle to give themselves a first-leg advantage in the race to reach the last four. Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from two at their brand new stadium with a 1-0 victory over domestic rivals Manchester City, although it was not all good news for the North Londoners as they lost Harry Kane to a serious-looking ankle injury. Barcelona are in the driving seat against Manchester United courtesy of a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, giving them a crucial away goal to take back to the Camp Nou next week despite not being at thei...

Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez open to Napoli transfer?

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is open to a move to Napoli at the end of his loan spell at Bayern Munich, according to his father-in-law. Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez has allegedly started to consider a potential transfer to Napoli. Rodriguez is currently nearing the end of a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich, and reports have suggested that the German side will not take up the option of a permanent transfer. Juventus have been linked with a move for the Colombia international, but the player’s father-in-law Hernan Ospina has claimed that Napoli could emerge as a possible option. Ospina told Radio Kiss Kiss: “My daughter Daniela told me that he has a great relationship with Carlo Ancelotti and would be happy to reunite with him. “I think he would one day li...

Erik ten Hag relishing Ajax’s underdog status in Champions League

Boss Erik ten Hag has warned Juventus that Ajax are happy to continue to play with their underdog tag. They face the Old Lady at the Johan Cruyff Arena in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday. Ajax stunned Real Madrid 5-3 in the second round – winning 4-1 at the Bernabeu –  and are top of the Eredivisie on goal difference ahead of PSV. If Ajax make the final it would be their 19th Champions League game of 2018/19 – a competition record. They are also the 29-goal top scorers ahead of the quarter-finals. Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is happy to be the underdog against Juventus (Nick Potts/PA) “We are happy to be one of the Champions League surprises,” ten Hag told a press conference. “We have a good midfield, we manage the ball possession well but when w...

Preview: Ajax vs. Juventus – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg between Ajax and Juventus in Amsterdam, including predictions and team news. Two of European football’s most illustrious names face off at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Wednesday evening as Ajax and Juventus do battle in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. Ajax are competing at this stage of the competition for the first time in 16 years, whereas favourites Juventus are into the quarters for the third year running. Ajax © Reuters This is shaping up to be a memorable campaign for Ajax as they are still on course for an unlikely treble with less than two months of the season to go. As well as making it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the Dutch side sit top of the E...

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