Juventus

  • 'How do you sell Ronaldo for €100m?' - V...

    Andre Villas-Boas has questioned the logic behind Real Madrid’s decision to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid while admitting to considering his own switch to Serie A. The Portuguese is currently out of work having turned his back on coaching to focus on motorsport. He has,...

    'How do you sell Ronaldo for €100m?' - Villas-Boas lauds Juventus as he mulls over his own move to Italy

    Andre Villas-Boas has questioned the logic behind Real Madrid’s decision to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid while admitting to considering his own switch to Serie A. The Portuguese is currently out of work having turned his back on coaching to focus on motorsport. He has, however, admitted that he will be returning to the dugout at some stage, with the former Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham and Zenit boss having already hinted at a move to Germany. Villas-Boas has now conceded that Italy could be another potential landing spot, telling Corriere dello Sport: “I'm not in a hurry and will wait to see what's going to happen during the season.  “For me, choosing well means also understanding why a club wants me. The latter is a key aspect: teams change coaches with great speed and often do not look at the technical philosophy of a technician, but his percentage of career victories. So they end up being disappointed when quality is lacking in the game and the public loses interest.” He added: “Italy obviously interests me. From a tactical point of view it is one of the most difficult championships. In the future who knows?” While Villas-Boas could take on a Serie A challenge at some point, a fellow countryman is already there. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo completed a stunning €100 million (£88m/$113m) transfer to Turin over the summer, with Real prepared to part with their all-time leading goalscorer. Given the struggles that have since been endured at the Santiago Bernabeu, Villas-Boas admits to having been left baffled by the Blancos’ willingness to part with a modern day legend. He said: “It totally surprised me. How do you sell Cristiano for 100 million? It does not make sense from any point of view: neither sport nor economic.  “Congratulations to Juventus for the blow they were able to make.” Villas-Boas believes that Ronaldo should be handed another Ballon d'Or in 2018 and feels that he makes Juve serious contenders to land a much-coveted Champions League crown. “Absolutely, yes,” said a man who last filled a coaching role at Chinese side Shanghai SIPG. “I do not say that they are the number one favorites, but now they have a champion that will make the difference.” Ronaldo, after a slow start to his spell at Juve, has netted nine goals in 15 appearances and is looking to conquer continental football for the fourth successive season.

  • Dybala sees Ronaldo factor giving Juvent...

    The mere presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad gives Juventus “a great chance to win the Champions League ”, says Paulo Dybala. European glory has become a top target for the Bianconeri after establishing themselves as the dominant force in Serie A. Seven successive dome...

    Dybala sees Ronaldo factor giving Juventus 'great chance' for Champions League glory

    The mere presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad gives Juventus “a great chance to win the Champions League ”, says Paulo Dybala. European glory has become a top target for the Bianconeri after establishing themselves as the dominant force in Serie A. Seven successive domestic titles have Juve firmly at the summit of Italian football, but continental triumphs are proving much harder to come by. Two finals have been made in the last four years, with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid proving to be one obstacle too far. Juve have raided the ranks at one of their conquerors in an effort to get themselves onto the top of the podium, with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo adding proven pedigree in Turin. Argentine frontman Dybala told the Daily Mirror of the club’s goals for 2018-19: "At Juventus, it's always the same objective - to win titles. "It's true that this year, from the outside, the Champions League looks more like an obsession. But the focus is, as always, on the domestic title as well. "We will have a great chance to win the Champions League this year. Ronaldo provides us with another option and is a very good player and this year we have been playing really well. "Last year we played against Madrid... and we almost won! In four years we have played in two finals. "I believe in previous years we have proven that we are capable to win, but we have had a bit of bad luck, especially what happened last year against Madrid. "We haven't had the luck of winning the competition, but hopefully we do this season." Juve need only to avoid defeat in their next Champions League outing against Valencia in order to book their place in the knockout stages. They currently sit top of Group H, with a surprise home defeat to Manchester United last time out representing the only blot on their copybook. In Serie A, meanwhile, Massimiliano Allegri’s side are unbeaten through 12 fixtures, winning 11 of those games, and are already six points clear of the chasing pack.

  • Dybala 'not thinking about the transfer ...

    Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies. The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already ...

    Dybala 'not thinking about the transfer market' as Man Utd rumours resurface

    Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has rejected the notion that he could leave the club next year and has pledged to help the team fight for major trophies. The Italian champions are on course to retain their crown after just three-and-a-half months of the new season, having already moved six points clear of second-placed Napoli. Massimilano Allegri's men are unbeaten in Serie A after 12 matches and are also exerting their dominance on the European stage, sitting top of their Champions League group ahead of Manchester United. Dybala has played a vital role in Juve's recent success, contributing six goals in 14 games so far this term, and at 25 years of age he appears to be approaching his prime. The Argentine playmaker sat down with the Daily Mirror to discuss his life in Turin and took the opportunity to dismiss rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford. "I’m not thinking about the transfer market," Dybala said. "Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here." Dybala went on to discuss his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived at the Allianz Stadium during the summer from Real Madrid and has been an instant hit in Italy. It had been suggested that the Portuguese maestro's presence might overshadow his own ability to make an impact on the pitch, but the Bianconeri star is adamant that they work well in tandem. "Ever since Ronaldo arrived, we have been, and we are, really happy together," Dybala added. "I think we have been doing well. We have scored really important goals for Juventus together. "Cristiano arrived only recently, but we all know the importance that he has on everyone and we knew his style from before. "We know how he plays and how he works. Of course, you have to make small changes, but we are happy and we are going to score a lot of goals together." Next up after the international break for Juventus is a home game against SPAL on November 24, before a Champions League showdown against Valencia three days later.        

  • Matuidi: Mbappe has a great personality,...

    Kylian Mbappe needs his great personality, just like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to France team-mate Blaise Matuidi. Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe has developed into one of the world's finest attacking players over the past three years and...

    Matuidi: Mbappe has a great personality, like Ronaldo, Messi and Zlatan

    Kylian Mbappe needs his great personality, just like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to France team-mate Blaise Matuidi. Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe has developed into one of the world's finest attacking players over the past three years and is one of the leading candidates to win this year's Ballon d'Or, having lifted three domestic trophies at club level and the World Cup in 2018. Matuidi thinks the 19-year-old has the self-confidence and persona to become a true great in the game. "It is his personality. It's the player he is," Matuidi told a news conference when asked about Mbappe's forthright nature.  "He is a great player; he is very talented. Every great player has a great personality. I've known that with Zlatan. I see that with Cristiano. Messi is also like that. "Kylian will be a great player. He is already. He is doing big things. It's good; we need players like him. So, I encourage him to stay like that." Matuidi was speaking ahead of France's Nations League clash with Netherlands on Friday, when a draw will be enough to send Didier Deschamps' side into next year's finals. However, the Juventus midfielder is wary of underestimating a side who beat Germany 3-0 in their last competitive outing. "I think we have to defend well," he said. "Netherlands scored three goals against Germany. They have many qualities, especially defensively. We have to be good in every aspect. "We have to stay solid. That's one of our qualities. We have players who can make the difference. We are able to keep the ball and make the game difficult for our opponents. They can be dangerous but France can also be dangerous. We have talented players to make things difficult for them." Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko was rewarded for some good recent club form with a call-up to the squad, and Matuidi is delighted to see the midfielder's determination rewarded. "Moussa is a warrior," he said. "He never gives up. He is my friend. He had some difficult moments but he always told me that he would never give up. "He is doing great with Tottenham. He performs, so he deserves to be here with France. I am happy to be with him again. I think he is a warrior. He deserves what is happening."

  • Former Juventus CEO Marotta set to land ...

    Former Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has agreed to a move to Serie A rivals Inter. The Italian spent eight years with the Bianconeri as the club's CEO and oversaw a successful period in which they won seven consecutive Serie A titles and made two Champions League final appe...

    Former Juventus CEO Marotta set to land new role at rivals Inter

    Former Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has agreed to a move to Serie A rivals Inter. The Italian spent eight years with the Bianconeri as the club's CEO and oversaw a successful period in which they won seven consecutive Serie A titles and made two Champions League final appearances. Just two weeks after announcing his imminent departure from Juve in October, however, Marotta began to be linked with taking on a similar role at Inter following their recent takeover. And Goal understands that the two parties have reached an agreement for the 61-year-old to come in and manage the sporting aspect of the club's business, while CEO Alessandro Antonello manages the business side. Marotta, who had previously been linked with taking a position at Manchester United, revealed on Monday that he was planning on staying in his homeland. "I will not go abroad. Italy represents the best of sport and more. For my part I want to stay here and I intend to continue working with an Italian team," he told Radicchio d’Oro. When asked about his thoughts on Inter, he replied: "They have no competitors in Italy for their qualities and for their organisation.” New Inter president Steven Zhang is ready to welcome the famous director to San Siro as they look to mount a serious challenge for the Italian crown. The ex-Varese and Sampdoria director is expected to begin work in Milan in January to begin evolving Luciano Spalletti's team. Another former Juve director, Luciano Moggi, believes Marotta's departure will be a big blow to the Serie A giants, and will work out well for Inter.  "There is no doubt that Juventus has lost a very good employee, and this is demonstrated by the fact that they have won many titles in a row, but on 25 October the mandate expired and was not renewed," he told ANSA.  "He is an excellent manager and will certainly find a place. With Marotta everyone makes a good purchase, no doubt, but we must see how it goes because he is certainly not a sports manager. Marotta is an administrator of a company that can carry out projects, and he is very good for one."

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