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Arsenal Keen To Strike Deal For Juventus Full-Back Stephan Lichtsteiner

Arsenal have reportedly initiated contacts with Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner as his contract negotiations with the Italian champions progress slowly. The Swiss international, 30, has been a major protagonist in Juventus’ return to the top of the Italian football after his move from rivals Lazio in 2011. But his contract expires in June and according to reports in Italy, he has been contacted by Arsenal while Inter Milan, PSG and Real Madrid also remain interested. Lichtsteiner has always outlined his priority to extend with the Turin giants and in an interview with Tuttosport few months ago he expressed his desire to continue with Juventus. “It will probably be my last big contract,” Lichtsteiner reflected. “And my priority is Juventus. What counts is trophies, winning is the most important thing. I still see myself at a good level for three or four more years, then I can close [my career] in Switzerland and then become a Coach.” “I confirm that Paris […] Read more »

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Old Wine In A New Bottle: Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus Have Not Changed Drastically

Newly appointed technician Massimiliano Allegri has settled in well at Juventus and made some minor but effective changes to a winning system. It would be fair to say that Massimiliano Allegri’s arrival at Juventus was hardly greeted with any enthusiasm in Turin. The feeling was more of disappointment rather than hostile and around 300 Juventus fans staged a protest outside the headquarters of the club while a group of ultras were allowed to enter the stadium to display their frustrations. The skepticism of the tifosi was understandable. After three years of domestic domination, it would have been a difficult task for anyone to replace Antonio Conte. Add to this the fact that Conte was a Juventino through and through and the fans could connect to the passion he displayed on the touchline for the last three years. Replacing him with an ex-Milan coach who was sacked in January this year was even more difficult to digest for the Bianconeri faithful. […] Read more »

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AS Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich: Giallorossi Relive Old Trafford Nightmare

Roma were humiliated 7-1 on their home ground by Bayern Munich last night. In front of a sold out Olimpico, Rudi Garcia’s men were battered to pieces as Bayern Munich arguably produced their best display this season so far. The Bavarians romped to a 5 goal lead before half-time. Gervinho hit the post, forced a world-class save from Manuel Neuer and got a consolation but substitutes Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri completed the rout late in the second half. Pep Guardiola was modest after the win and felt the score-line was a bit flattering. “It seems a bit exaggerated! We found an early goal with Arjen that calmed us, then we pressed Roma to keep hold of the ball. We do it because we want the ball, not to irritate our opponents.” “We like to hold the ball and then probe to find where we can break through. We will see in two weeks in Munich that there is not […] Read more »

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Pep Guardiola Still Holds Roma Close To His Heart

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola admits that he still holds Roma close to his heart as he prepares to face them tonight. The Spanish midfielder spent the first half of 2002-2003 campaign in Rome and he revealed his affection for the Giallorossi. “With this Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, Italy is an extraordinary country,” Guardiola has explained in today’s Press conference. “I visit [Italy] often, as it is very similar to Catalonia’s culture of doing things.I have wonderful memories of the city and the club, as I lived there with my family. In the summer, I often come if I can. Brescia was also very important, and I learned a lot from Carletto Mazzone.” “I know how football lives in Rome, with such passion, and it’s why I’m glad to come back here.” Guardiola then spoke of his admiration for his former team-mate Francesco Totti. “If at age 38, you are playing like this, your passion is undeniable. He’s perfect for […] Read more »