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  • 'My performances are judged differently ...

    Emre Can has expressed his disappointment in Germany manager Joachim Low for snubbing him once again after the Juventus midfielder was left out of the squad for the upcoming international fixtures against Serbia and Netherlands. Since joining Juventus on a free transfer last sum...

    'My performances are judged differently abroad' - Can unhappy with Germany snub

    Emre Can has expressed his disappointment in Germany manager Joachim Low for snubbing him once again after the Juventus midfielder was left out of the squad for the upcoming international fixtures against Serbia and Netherlands. Since joining Juventus on a free transfer last summer, Can has been one of the top performers for the Old Lady but Low has once again opted to leave him at home after only selecting him for one squad in the past 12 months. The former Liverpool man believes his talents are appreciated more throughout the continent than in his homeland after he was overlooked once more. "I realise that, in foreign countries, my performances are certainly judged differently than in Germany," he told Sport Bild. The midfielder has regrets about not being called up to the 2018 World Cup squad, saying that he hoped reaching the Champions League final, where Liverpool lost to Real Madrid, would be enough to convince Low to make him a late addition to the party. He added: "Since I was still in the Champions League final, I hoped [for a call-up], of course, until the end. But, if you failed a few months in advance, you have to accept the decision." Can also lamented the communication he had with the national team set-up during this time, claiming that neither Low nor any of his coaches contacted him in the build-up to the tournament in Russia. "However, I was already disappointed that no one from the coaching staff called me at this time or even asked, 'How are you?' Only the DFB doctors have asked about me." Low has named a squad packed with youngsters for the games against Serbia and Netherlands, but there was still no place for the 25-year-old The Germany coach has been looking to introduce a new look to his side after being eliminated in the group stage in Russia and relegated from the Nations League, and in recent weeks he has stated that Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng would not play for the national team again during his tenure. In his latest squad, Low called up 10 players who have made five appearances or less for the national team, looking towards the likes of Kai Havertz and Niklas Stark to carry the four-time world champions into this new era.  

  • 'Phenomenal athlete' Ronaldo inspiring f...

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded “a phenomenal athlete” by UFC star Conor McGregor, with the Juventus forward considered to be a “perfectionist” who sets the standard for individual excellence. At 34 years of age, a footballer who has been at the top of his trade for well over...

    'Phenomenal athlete' Ronaldo inspiring fellow 'perfectionist' & UFC star Conor McGregor

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded “a phenomenal athlete” by UFC star Conor McGregor, with the Juventus forward considered to be a “perfectionist” who sets the standard for individual excellence. At 34 years of age, a footballer who has been at the top of his trade for well over a decade is seen as an inspirational figure for those around the sporting world. MMA enigma McGregor is among those who look up to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid icon despite having reached the summit of his own profession. “Cristiano is a phenomenal athlete, person, and entrepreneur,” McGregor told FIFA of a man he has crossed paths with in the past. “His all-around discipline, perfectionist attitude, and dedication to his craft is inspiring and has inspired so many young children to play football. “Just look what he did recently in the Champions League, at 34 years young, a hat-trick under the lights when the pressure was on for all the marbles. And against Atletico Madrid, one of the best defensive sides in Europe. That is inspiring! “We are both disciplined athletes at the top of our game.” Another mercurial talent that McGregor has a lot of respect for is Swedish frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is now 37 years of age but still delivering talismanic performances within the ranks of MLS for the LA Galaxy. The ex-United, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain frontman has claimed in the past that “Conor McGregor is the Zlatan Ibrahimovic of MMA”. The man himself is not buying that, but concedes that he would welcome the opportunity to work with the likes of Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba if they ever wanted to swap the field for the octagon. “I respect Zlatan and his positive-winning-mentality mindset, but let’s get this straight: there is only one Conor McGregor!” said the Irish superstar. “Zlatan Ibrahimovic is trying to be the Conor McGregor of football – good luck to him. “Zlatan and Paul Pogba are welcome to come and train with me whenever they like.” McGregor is an avid follower of United and has welcomed the recent reversal in fortune enjoyed by Pogba and Co at Old Trafford under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He added: “Ole Gunnar is a special man! I think he’s done an incredible job with United. They have to give him the job permanently. “You can feel the pride and passion he has for the club and its history, and see the players honoured to wear the Red Devils crest under him. He’s really got the players performing. “I think the same as a proud Irish man representing my home country of Ireland. Ole’s at the wheel, tell me how good does it feel!”

  • Ronaldo charged over 'cojones' celebrati...

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by UEFA with improper conduct, with Juventus now waiting to discover whether the Portuguese will be sanctioned over his ‘cojones’ celebration against Atletico Madrid. The 34-year-old forward has become the subject of a disciplinary investigatio...

    Ronaldo charged over 'cojones' celebration as Juventus sweat on possible Champions League ban

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by UEFA with improper conduct, with Juventus now waiting to discover whether the Portuguese will be sanctioned over his ‘cojones’ celebration against Atletico Madrid. The 34-year-old forward has become the subject of a disciplinary investigation by European football’s governing body. That is because he is considered to have acted out of line during a Champions League last-16 encounter in Turin. Ronaldo netted a stunning hat-trick against Atletico to overturn a two-goal first leg deficit and fire Juve into the quarter-finals. They are due to face Ajax at that stage, with the Eredivisie outfit having stunned Real Madrid – the winners from the last three seasons – to prolong their continental adventure. It now remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will play a leading role for Juve in a last-eight clash with Dutch opposition. UEFA have taken a dim view on his reaction to helping the Bianconeri past Atletico. Having starred in a remarkable turnaround for the Serie A title holders, Ronaldo mimicked the crotch-grabbing celebration which saw Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone generate headlines during an initial meeting between two heavyweight outfits. The Argentine avoided a ban for his antics but was handed a fine. Ronaldo is now waiting to discover what, if any, action will be taken against him.  A statement released by UEFA confirming the charge of improper conduct against Ronaldo read: “Following a disciplinary investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector, in accordance with the Article 55 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Juventus Football Club and Club Atlético de Madrid, played on 12 March in Italy. “The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with this case at its next meeting on 21 March 2019.” Juventus are not expecting drastic measures to be taken by UEFA, with the Italian giants confident that Ronaldo will remain at their disposal for a two-legged meeting with Ajax. Coach Massimiliano Allegro has said: “Absolutely not. I think everyone celebrated their own way on the field and in the stands. I saw nothing strange, just a celebration. There won’t be a ban.”

  • Bonucci convinced Genoa defeat 'just a h...

    Leonardo Bonucci is certain Juventus' shock 2-0 defeat to Genoa on Sunday is "just a hiccup" on their way to securing an eighth successive Serie A title. After beating Atletico Madrid in mid-week in the Champions League last 16, Juve were far from their best at Stadio Luigi Ferr...

    Bonucci convinced Genoa defeat 'just a hiccup' for Juventus

    Leonardo Bonucci is certain Juventus' shock 2-0 defeat to Genoa on Sunday is "just a hiccup" on their way to securing an eighth successive Serie A title. After beating Atletico Madrid in mid-week in the Champions League last 16, Juve were far from their best at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and were punished in the final 18 minutes. Former Bianconeri midfielder Stefano Sturaro opened the scoring and Goran Pandev finished the visitors off, making Massimiliano Allegri's decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo look somewhat suspect. Nevertheless, Juve remain comfortably clear of Napoli and Bonucci is confident the loss in Genoa was nothing more than a blip for the reigning champions. "It's never nice to lose, but then again, after Tuesday's game we knew Genoa would be a difficult match from both a physical and mental point of view," the Italy international told Juve's official website. "It won't have an impact on our season, it is just a hiccup on our path. Now, let's recover after the [international] break and begin again with Empoli. "We gave everything to the very end against Atletico, so this break now in the season is a godsend. "Those who will link up with their national teams will be able to recover because they play in a few days, while those who stay here will have the opportunity to regain their energy." The reigning champion return to domestic duties when they host Empoli on March 30.

  • Allegri: I'm happy Sturaro scored agains...

    Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri said he was 'happy' that Stefano Sturaro scored against his parent club in Genoa's 2-0 victory on Sunday. Sturaro left Juve on loan in January but has only just made is Grifone debut after spending over six months out of action with a heel bone...

    Allegri: I'm happy Sturaro scored against Juve

    Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri said he was 'happy' that Stefano Sturaro scored against his parent club in Genoa's 2-0 victory on Sunday. Sturaro left Juve on loan in January but has only just made is Grifone debut after spending over six months out of action with a heel bone injury. And a fine debut it was, with the 26-year-old taking only two minutes to find the net after being introduced as Darko Lazovic's replacement on 70 minutes. Veteran striker Goran Pandev then added a second less than ten minutes later to condemn the Bianconeri to their first defeat of the Serie A season. Allegri, however, reserved his praise for Sturaro, telling DAZN: “I am actually happy for Stefano, because if anyone had to score against us, I'm glad it was Sturaro. “He's a lovely guy and suffered so much, out of action for practically a year with that injury, so he deserves it.” Juve were without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday, with Allegri having opted to rest his star striker ahead of the end-of-season run-in, and the former AC Milan boss was hoping for a far better performance from the rest of his squad. “I expected a different Juventus. We did not put in a good performance, we made some mistakes and then the first goal came out of nowhere. “Much like the Coppa Italia defeat to Atalanta, however, we picked the right time to lose, because it's just before the break for international duty, so we have time to unplug and rest. “Inevitably, the effort we put in against Atletico Madrid [in the Champions League] on Tuesday night weighed on us. We ran some risks in the first half but did better after the break. “Once we seemed to be in control, that's when he conceded and the game changed. You can't play every game to the best of your abilities. I think, if anything, this defeat can do us good and wake us up. “We thought that we'd already won the Scudetto, but that is not the case. We need another five wins and must now hope that Napoli drop some points. “It's impossible to win every game, I've said that since the start, so no need to make a drama out of it. We've played 28 games, won 24 and drawn three. That's not bad”

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