Juventus vs Napoli

Analysis: Juventus Beat Napoli To Cap Serie A Triumph In Turin

Juventus dealt Napoli’s Champions League hopes a near fatal blow with a 3-1 victory in Turin on Saturday evening. Roberto Pereyra put them ahead at half-time but a David Lopez effort had the visitors level before Stefano Sturaro and Simone Pepe secured the win that now puts Napoli’s hopes of competing in Europe’s premier competition out of their hands. The home side underwent a pre-match lap of honour, parading their newly won Coppa Italia, accompanied by their children as a party atmosphere enveloped the ground. The Bianconeri staged their Double Party to celebrate the last home game of the season, the Scudetto and Wednesday’s Coppa Italia triumph in extra time over Lazio. Napoli needed precious points to keep their Champions League qualification dreams alive. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kalidou Koulibaly were suspended, but Kwadwo Asamoah made his first appearance since sustaining knee tendon damage in November. Dries Mertens and Lopez had early efforts saved for Napoli but they fell behind in […] Read more »

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Khedira Close; Arsenal Move For Vidal – Juventus Weekly Transfer Roundup

Juventus are reportedly in the running for the signature of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, whose contract is expiring. The German international has been frozen out in the Spanish capital, with the 28-year-old making just three starts this season, despite being an integral part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad. La Repubblica reports that the Bianconeri are ready to offer Khedira an escape route, with the player almost certain to leave when his contract expires this summer. The newspaper believes the Old Lady have made initial contact with Khedira, who currently earns around €5m per season in Spain. As time has gone on during Beppe Marotta’s tenure with Juventus, we’ve come to know that he has an affinity for acquiring good players on free transfers or next-to-nothing prices. We’ve seen it with Andrea Pirlo and Fernando Llorente, Paul Pogba and Andrea Barzagli. Could Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira be the next in line? According to reports from both La Repubblica and […] Read more »

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Juventus V Napoli – Team News, Tactics, Lineups And Predictions

JUVENTUS v NAPOLI Juventus Stadium, Turin Saturday 23rd May, 2015, 16:00 GMT  *** Napoli travel to Turin to face double winners Juventus on Saturday evening with the knowledge that only a victory would be enough to exert pressure on their Roman rivals for the Champions League spots. The Partenopei currently sit fourth, just three points behind Lazio and four behind Roma ahead of their derby meeting on Monday. However, with this clash coming a couple of days before, Napoli would be able to climb up to third with a victory. Both sides will enter the game in impressive form having won four of their last six Serie A matches, though Rafael Benitez’s best results have generally come at the Stadio San Paolo. This will be the 138th meeting between the two and the Bianconeri hold a heavy lead in the overall victories, with 62 to Napoli’s 29; a difference that is even more pronounced in games in Turin. The Partenopei have […] Read more »

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FC Barcelona: The Legend Of Xavi Hernandez And His Three Possible Successors

No single player in the world football in past one decade has made his mark on the game in the manner FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has done it. The midfield maestro is set to bid adieu to the club where he spent 24 glorious years, to play in Qatar. The likes of Paul Pogba, Koke and Ilkay Gundogan are regarded as his possible replacements. Read more »

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Analysis: Juventus Win Record Tenth Coppa Italia

Alessandro Matri was the unlikely hero when he arrived off the bench to score an extra-time winner which gave Juventus a 2-1 win over Lazio in the Coppa Italia final and kept them on course for the treble. Matri, who has changed clubs in each of the last four transfer windows and been a fringe player since returning to Juventus in January, slotted the ball into the corner of the net in the seventh minute of extra time. While the Bianconeri were targeting the Treble, having already secured the Scudetto and preparing for the Champions League Final against Barcelona, the Aquile were looking to recapture the trophy they last won in 2013. Juve hadn’t lifted the trophy since 1995 and had Claudio Marchisio and Alvaro Morata suspended. Lucas Biglia was injured for Stefano Pioli’s side at the Stadio Olimpico, but surprisingly both teams used three at the back. Without suspended striker Alvaro Morata, whose goals against Real Madrid lifted Juve […] Read more »

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Setback For Arsenal and Manchester United As Juventus Close In On Cavani And Dybala – Report

The Italian champions are reportedly close to completing a massive double swoop for Dybala and Cavani. Juventus are in the market for a striker with Tevez and Llorente both believed to be looking for a move away from the club. The Serie A winners are eyeing Arsenal target Paulo Dybala and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani to partner Alvaro Morata upfront. According to reports in the Italian press, Juventus are close to agreeing mega money moves for both the strikers. It is believed that both the players will cost the club approximately £60 million which will be funded from the money they will receive for their Champions League run this season. Another report doing the rounds suggests that The Bianconeri have already agreed a deal to sign Palermo striker Paulo Dybala and the striker will put pen to paper, subject to a medical, and sign for Juventus come Monday. Arsenal have been previously linked with a move for Dybala but […] Read more »

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Juventus Vs Lazio: Coppa Italia Final – Team News, Tactics, Lineups And Predictions

JUVENTUS v LAZIO Stadio Olimpico, Rome Wednesday 20th May, 2015, 19:45 GMT  *** Juventus meet Lazio in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final, looking to complete a domestic double and secure the second part of a historic treble. With a fourth successive Serie A title comfortably in the bag, Juve could be forgiven for focusing on next month’s UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona. But first, Massimiliano Allegri’s side must turn their attentions to tasting glory in the Coppa for the first time in 20 years. In 1995, Juve defeated Parma 3-0 over two legs to lift the trophy for the ninth time, but since that success the Turin giants have just three losing final appearances to show for their efforts. Lazio, meanwhile, have won the Coppa five times in the intervening period, most recently in 2013 when Senad Lulic’s goal saw off fierce rivals Roma 1-0. Stefano Pioli’s men are third in Serie A and look well placed to at least return […] Read more »

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Juventus Have Bid Accepted By Palermo For Dybala – Juventus Weekly Transfer Update

Multiple reports claim Juventus have agreed terms with Palermo and Paulo Dybala’s agent for a five-year contract. It’ll be a five-year contract worth €2.2m per season plus performance-related bonuses that would take it to €2.9m. The sum will rise each year until eventually reaching €3m plus bonuses. Key to negotiations was Dybala, who was also wanted by the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, but insisted he wanted to remain in Italy. That would be a blow to the Premier League giants, with Arsenal in particular strongly linked with Dybala as they look to beef up their attack ahead of an expected title challenge. Dybala is currently tied for seventh in Serie A (with former Juve striker Fabio Quagliarella) with 13 goals this season. He also has 10 assists, playing a role in some shape or form officially in 23 of the 48 goals Palermo have scored in their first season back in Serie A. Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, as […] Read more »