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Axel Witsel Could Replace Andrea Pirlo Next Season – Juventus Weekly Transfer Update

Axel Witsel was in Turin last month for the second leg of Zenit’s Europa League tie with Torino. If Juventus have their way then the Belgium international will return to the city this summer, on a permanent basis. Witsel’s father confirmed that the player will leave Zenit and admitted Juventus are an option, but they haven’t made any decisions.Sky Italia recently reported that Juventus have offered €18 million for Axel Witsel. Although the figure is short of Zenit’s asking price of €30 million yet it is believed that Witsel is a priority signing for the Bianconeri this summer and negotiations will continue. His father’s comments regarding the end of his cycle with the Russian champions only add fuel to the rumors although Juventus are not the only option as stated by Witsel’s camp. A winger in Belgium at first, later an attacking midfielder, Benfica’s manager, Jorge Jesus, decided to move him deeper, as a No6. A role made for him. […] Read more »

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Ancelotti: Real Madrid Need To Be At Their Best To Win Against ‘Legendary’ Juventus

Real Madrid will face Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals and Ancelotti believes the Spanish outfit will have to be at their best to beat the ‘legendary’ club from Italy. Real Madrid drew Juventus in the semi-final draw of the Champions League on Friday. This is the fifth consecutive semi-final for the Spanish giants and a win over two legs will mean that they will play the final for the second time in a row. If Real Madrid make it to the final, they will have the chance to be the first team to retain the Champions League trophy. Real Madrid manager, Ancelotti, managed Juventus from 1999-2001 and he will be facing the Old Lady for a second time as Real Madrid’s manager. The last time he faced Juventus was in the group stage of the 2013-14 Champions League, which the Italian went on to win. Over the two group-stage games last season, Real Madrid beat Juventus 2-1 in the […] Read more »

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UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich Draw Barcelona, Real Madrid To Face Juventus

Barcelona will face Bayern Munich, while Juventus will play Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. Defending champions Real Madrid have probably drawn the most favourable team, as they will be facing Italian champions Juventus en route to the Champions League final. The two teams last met in the semi-final stage of the competition in 2003 when the Italian side managed to beat Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate to make it to the final. Coincidentally, the Spanish club were defending their European champions’ status back in 2003 as well. Meanwhile, Barcelona have drawn Bayern Munich in the other semi-final. The last time these two teams met in the semi-final stage of the competition was in 2013 and Jupp Heycknes’ Bayern Munich simply destroyed Barcelona over two legs with a 7-0 aggregate scoreline. The German side then went on to win the Champions League after beating Borussia Dortmund in the final. The first leg of both the semi-finals will be played […] Read more »

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Bayern’s Stunning Comeback, Juventus’ Joy and Other Talking Points Of This Week’s Champions League Action

The second legs of the Champions League quarterfinals offered plenty of action as German, Spanish and Italian league leaders along with title holders Real Madrid reached the semifinals. Trailing 3-1 from the first leg against FC Porto, Bayern Munich staged a stunning comeback at the Allianz Arena with their breathtaking football thrashing FC Porto 6-1 and making it 7-4 on aggregate. Barcelona, meanwhile cruised into the semifinals with an easy 2-0 victory and 5-1 on aggregate at Camp Nou against Paris Saint-Germain courtesy Neymar’s brace. On Wednesday night, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who came in for injured Karim Benzema handed Real Madrid their first victory against their local rivals Atletico Madrid in 7 matches scoring the only goal of the two legged tie sending the defending champions into semifinals. Juventus held onto their 1-0 lead from the first leg to reach semifinals for the first time in 12 years at the cost of AS Monaco after playing out a goalless draw […] Read more »

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Analysis: Juventus Reach Champions League Semi-final After Goalless Draw In Monaco

Juventus moved into the last four of the Champions League for the first time in 12 years after playing out a goalless draw with Monaco in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie. Juve went into the clash with a 1-0 aggregate lead after tasting victory against the principality club in the first leg and the Italian giants held onto that lead to book their place in the last-four draw along with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Old Lady made the trip south to the Stade Louis II aware of the fact that a clean sheet would mean progression to the Champions League semifinals and a place at football’s top table. Massimiliano Allegri chose to send out his men in the tried-and-tested 3-5-2, with Andrea Barzagli’s return offering aerial reinforcement against a Monaco attack heavily reliant on crosses from the wings. Andrea Pirlo came back to the base of midfield, with Roberto Pereyra starting this one from the […] Read more »

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AS Monaco V Juventus – Team News, Tactics, Lineups And Predictions

AS MONACO v JUVENTUS Stade Louis II, Monaco Wednesday 22nd April, 2015, 20:45 GMT  *** Juventus will be hoping to make it 11 victories out of 11 against French teams in knockout ties when they face AS Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. Juventus moved 15 points clear at the top of Serie A after beating second-placed Lazio 2-0 on Saturday as they close in on a fourth successive domestic crown. They also have their eyes on a first Champions League semi-final appearance since 2003. On current form they will start the match at Stade Louis II as favourites to reach the last four. They have won all 10 of their previous knockout ties against French teams in Europe while Monaco have won only one of six ties against Italian clubs. The Ligue 1 club have also not won any of their last four home matches in any competition. Massimiliano Allegri saw his men win […] Read more »