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  • Higuain: I need to score more in Europe

    Gonzalo Higuain knows he needs to improve his Champions League scoring record and says Juventus are determined to make amends for their defeat in last season's final. The Argentine striker has scored 18 goals in Europe's top competition over the course of his career at Real Madr...

    Higuain: I need to score more in Europe

    Gonzalo Higuain knows he needs to improve his Champions League scoring record and says Juventus are determined to make amends for their defeat in last season's final. The Argentine striker has scored 18 goals in Europe's top competition over the course of his career at Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus, five of which came last season, when the Bianconeri were beaten 4-1 by Zinedine Zidane's Blancos in the final. Bet on Juventus to win the Champions League Higuain's return from 12 games in Europe last term pales in comparison to Lionel Messi's 11 goals from nine games, or Cristiano Ronaldo's 12 in 13, and he agreed with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri's assertion that he can improve. "Allegri says I need to score more in the Champions League? He's right," the 29-year-old was quoted as saying by Football Italia. "We're thinking of the new year, which will be harder and longer. We're motivated and we really want to make up for last year. "I always want to win and score more, even if we'd won the Champions League last year we couldn't have let up." Ronaldo's pair of goals either side of half-time badly damaged the hopes of a Juventus side that had conceded just three times en route to the final in Cardiff, but Higuain is keen for his team-mates to bury those memory by going one better in 2017-18. "We had a very good approach, for the first 10 or 15 minutes we were better than Madrid," he said. "In the second half they were more angry, we relaxed and they massacred us. We could have done more, but the past is the past. Barca wait for Neymar as Messi steps in "Allegri is right when he says the final shouldn't discredit our whole season. In two days we went from being the best team in Europe to an ordinary one. "We don't feel like the best team in Europe, but we're not ordinary either. We can fight with the best."

  • 'I can't put a gun to his head' - Higuai...

    Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is eager for Paulo Dybala to ignore reported interest from Barcelona but admits that he "can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay". Bet on Juve to win the Champions League Dybala has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as a replacement...

    'I can't put a gun to his head' - Higuain wants Dybala to snub Barcelona

    Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is eager for Paulo Dybala to ignore reported interest from Barcelona but admits that he "can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay". Bet on Juve to win the Champions League Dybala has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as a replacement for Neymar, should the Brazil star complete a world-record €222 million switch to Paris Saint-Germain. Higuain, who spent six years in La Liga with Real Madrid, understands the attraction of joining one of the country's top clubs but insists that his team-mate would be better served by staying in Turin. "Dybala is at a delicate age," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I went to Real Madrid at 19 and I was there until I was 25, but I was at an important club for a long time. "Everyone wants to play with great players and I can't point a gun at his head and tell him to stay. Everyone should do what makes them happy, just like he is here. We all want him to stay. "Last year we were convinced we could win [the Champions League] and we got to the final; this year will be tougher because other teams have strengthened. "He shouldn't just stay to win the Champions League, but for the seventh Scudetto and a fourth Coppa Italia in a row. If we then get that particular trophy, so much the better. "He's been at Juve for two years, he has consistency here. He's young, he's very happy here, the club and the fans all love him, as do we, and Juve helped him grow. "Paulo will know what's best for him to do." Juve have already suffered the loss of a high-profile first-team star, with centre-back Leonardo Bonucci having made a shock move to AC Milan. Kenedy removed from Chelsea tour Higuain is confident his side can cope without the Italy international, though, and has warned his old team-mate that he will not prevent him from scoring. "Bonucci helped Juve to win for many years," said the Argentina forward. "Now he's gone to a direct rival but we are still very strong. We have the players to make sure we won't feel his absence. "Bonucci will be hungry but we will have the same determination to try to win a seventh title in a row. When he plays against me, I'll score."

  • Juventus complete €40 million Bernardesc...

    Juventus have completed the signing of winger Federico Bernardeschi from Serie A rivals Fiorentina. Juve 4/6 odds to retain Serie A title Champions Juve will pay €40 million (£36m/$47m) for the Italy international, with the fee to be paid in installments over the next three yea...

    Juventus complete €40 million Bernardeschi signing

    Juventus have completed the signing of winger Federico Bernardeschi from Serie A rivals Fiorentina. Juve 4/6 odds to retain Serie A title Champions Juve will pay €40 million (£36m/$47m) for the Italy international, with the fee to be paid in installments over the next three years. Bernardeschi signed a five-year contract after completing a medical on Monday. Fiorentina will receive 10 per cent of the fee, up to a maximum of €5m, should Juve sell Bernardeschi in future. Bernardeschi's exit had been expected after the 23-year-old rejected a new contract offer from Fiorentina. Speculation of an imminent move intensified after he pulled out of a Fiorentina training camp last week, complaining of what the club called "acute gastroenteritis". The biggest transfers of the summer The winger, who scored 11 goals in Serie A for La Viola last season and had previously been linked with Inter, Manchester United and Chelsea, will add to Massimiliano Allegri's attacking options after the loan signing of Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich. Juve have also brought in Juan Cuadrado and Medhi Benatia on a permanent basis after successful loans, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and full-back Mattia De Sciglio have arrived from Arsenal and AC Milan respectively.

  • Maldini hails Bonucci capture and backs ...

    AC Milan icon Paolo Maldini has welcomed the audacious signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and hopes the Rossoneri are now equipped to return to the Champions League. Milan's squad has been comprehensively overhauled in the off-season, Italy international Bonucci joined by...

    Maldini hails Bonucci capture and backs Milan for Champions League challenge

    AC Milan icon Paolo Maldini has welcomed the audacious signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and hopes the Rossoneri are now equipped to return to the Champions League. Milan's squad has been comprehensively overhauled in the off-season, Italy international Bonucci joined by the likes of Franck Kessie, Lucas Biglia and Andre Silva in moving to San Siro.  Get Milan at 6/1 to win Serie A One of the best defenders in the history of the game, Maldini is certainly qualified to assess the merits of Milan's marquee signing and the 49-year-old, who hung up his boots in 2009, is a fan of his Azzurri successor.  "It's certainly difficult to find [good] centre-backs and Bonucci's one of the best," he told Sky Italia. "Bonucci's certainly an excellent buy. "It seems a bit early for them [Milan] to go for the Scudetto, but they'll fight for a place in the Champions League." According to Maldini, the full impact of Bonucci's departure from Juve will not be known until the end of next month and may depend on the Scudetto holders' own recruitment activity. "First of all, we have to say the transfer window is still open and that we have to wait until it's closed before we can pass judgement on any team," he said. "But Juve's strength is their group, which has been in place for several years now."

  • Dortmund rule out selling Sokratis to Ju...

    Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has ruled out selling defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Juventus. The Greece international is reportedly Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri's first choice to replace Leonardo Bonucci, who was sold to AC Milan this month. Get odds...

    Dortmund rule out selling Sokratis to Juventus

    Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has ruled out selling defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Juventus. The Greece international is reportedly Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri's first choice to replace Leonardo Bonucci, who was sold to AC Milan this month. Get odds on Juventus to win Serie A Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the 29-year-old but Zorc has made it clear that Dortmund do not want to sell. "We're planning very clearly with Papa," he said, as quoted by Kicker. "We don't want to give away players of this quality." Sokratis made 41 appearances in all competitions last season for the DFB-Pokal winners.  

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