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  • Juventus vs Atalanta postponed after hea...

    Juventus' Serie A clash at home to Atalanta has been postponed due to snow following a pre-match pitch inspection. Conditions in Turin had been playable an hour before the game was due to start, but significant blizzards left the pitch covered. The two sides continued their war...

    Juventus vs Atalanta postponed after heavy snow pounds Turin

    Juventus' Serie A clash at home to Atalanta has been postponed due to snow following a pre-match pitch inspection. Conditions in Turin had been playable an hour before the game was due to start, but significant blizzards left the pitch covered. The two sides continued their warm-ups despite the adverse conditions and the game looked set to start as scheduled. However, after the match officials consulted with captains Gianluigi Buffon and Rafael Toloi, the decision was made to postpone the contest. Massimiliano Allegri's men therefore lose the opportunity to go top of Serie A at least for 24 hours.  Juve currently lie one point behind league leaders Napoli, who will visit Cagliari on Monday evening. The Old Lady will now have to wait to find out when their clash will be rescheduled, while Napoli will now have the chance to go four points clear if they succeed in the weekend's final match.

  • Dybala doubt for Allegri despite Juventu...

    Massimiliano Allegri is not sure Paulo Dybala is ready to start for Juventus, as the coach considers how to replace the injured Gonzalo Higuain for Sunday's Serie A game against Atalanta. Dybala made his return from an absence of six weeks due to a hamstring injury in Juve's 1-0...

    Dybala doubt for Allegri despite Juventus missing Higuain

    Massimiliano Allegri is not sure Paulo Dybala is ready to start for Juventus, as the coach considers how to replace the injured Gonzalo Higuain for Sunday's Serie A game against Atalanta. Dybala made his return from an absence of six weeks due to a hamstring injury in Juve's 1-0 derby win at Torino last time out, with Higuain substituted early in that game after picking up a fitness problem of his own. Higuain is expected to miss the home match against Atalanta and, although his ankle injury is not serious, Dybala will not necessarily replace him. Allegri's men face Atalanta again in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday and then take on Tottenham in the return fixture of a Champions League round-of-16 tie early next month, with the Juventus coach planning to reintroduce Dybala to action gradually. Juan Cuadrado and Mattia De Sciglio are ruled out of the Atalanta match and Allegri confirmed Federico Bernardeschi may need surgery on a knee injury, although Blaise Matuidi is back from a thigh issue. "It will be difficult for Higuain to play tomorrow," Allegri told reporters on Saturday. "Bernardeschi will be re-evaluated in the coming 20 days. If by that time the conservative treatment has not had the desired effect, we'll see if he needs an operation. Unfortunately, that is the situation with Federico. Apart from De Sciglio and Cuadrado, everyone else is at my disposal. "Yesterday [in training] I tried Dybala in the striker role, but it's unthinkable that after 40-45 days of not playing that he can play the full 90 minutes for the next three games, so we'll have to manage him carefully.  "He played around half an hour against Torino, so it's about finding the right fitness levels in a decisive moment of the season. "Matuidi and [Miralem] Pjanic will play tomorrow, and then I'll choose one of [Rodrigo] Bentancur, [Claudio] Marchisio or [Stefano] Sturaro to play with them. Bentancur has a great future ahead of him, he's 20 years old and has a lot of great quality, he will be a major player for Juventus. "[Gianluigi] Buffon will play tomorrow, as will [Stephan] Lichtsteiner and I'll choose one of [Mehdi] Benatia or [Daniele] Rugani." Atalanta are winless in four games in all competitions ahead of Sunday's trip to Turin, with Gian Piero Gasperini's men exiting the Europa League on Thursday despite a 1-1 home draw with Borussia Dortmund. "Compliments to Atalanta with how they handled the Europa League," Allegri added. "I'm sorry that they were eliminated. Italian teams need to move forward in Europe even if it is very difficult. "Atalanta will want to get right back at it - and Wednesday like us they will be fighting to reach the final of the Coppa Italia. They are a very physical team that plays well and we will have to handle them in the right way. "Tomorrow is the first game of an important cycle of matches before the international break from here until our game with SPAL [on March 17]."

  • Juventus critics don't know how good Tot...

    Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic says critics of his side's 2-2 draw with Tottenham do not appreciate the strength of the Premier League side. Juve raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, but goals from Harry Kane...

    Juventus critics don't know how good Tottenham are, says Pjanic

    Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic says critics of his side's 2-2 draw with Tottenham do not appreciate the strength of the Premier League side. Juve raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, but goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen sealed a draw for Spurs to put them in the driving seat ahead of the return game at Wembley. The Serie A champions faced a lot of criticism for their performance in Turin, prompting striker Gonzalo Higuain, who scored both of their goals, to blast the "armchair fans" for their comments. And Pjanic insists Juve should not be too disappointed with the result against Mauricio Pochettino's side. "It was too much [criticism] because we faced Tottenham, who are a very good team from the midfield up," he told Premium Sport. "They're a quality team, so maybe those who criticised didn't know Tottenham. "We should have managed the game better at 2-0 but it's not over. We believe in ourselves and obviously we want to go through." While Juve's European campaign is still alive, Serie A leaders Napoli exited the Europa League on Thursday, with their 2-0 win at RB Leipzig not enough to avoid an aggregate defeat on away goals. Pjanic expects them to go all out to win the title now but warns Juve are determined to claim every trophy they can. "Napoli are our great rival for the Scudetto. It's a pity for them: they would have gone a long way in Europe," he said. "I think we'll be fighting with Napoli until the end and the head-to-head match could be decisive. We're out to win the Scudetto, and to get to the end in the Coppa Italia and the Champions League." Pjanic hopes the return of Blaise Matuidi, who has missed Juve's last three games with a hamstring injury, will galvanise the team. "I knew Blaise before. He's an aggressive player who gives you a lot of physicality and running. He helps me a lot, he integrated into the group and immediately became an important player. His return will certainly be valuable for us," he added.

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  • Juventus interested in Man Utd defender ...

    Juventus are interested in securing the signing of Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian. The Italian right-back has struggled for game time at Old Trafford, making just four Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho this season. Juve could offer him a way out of Unite...

    Juventus interested in Man Utd defender Darmian

    Juventus are interested in securing the signing of Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian. The Italian right-back has struggled for game time at Old Trafford, making just four Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho this season. Juve could offer him a way out of United, however, with the Serie A giants keen to replace 34-year-old defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is set to leave the club when his contract expires this summer. Darmian has also been the subject of interest from Napoli and Roma, but Mourinho has so far resisted his sale - valuing him as a useful squad member. United paid around £13 million to sign the defender in 2015, under the management of Louis van Gaal, and he has made a total of 80 appearances for the club, despite falling down the pecking order due to the form of Antonio Valencia. However, it is understood that Darmian may be willing to leave Old Trafford in the summer for a return to Italy, having made his name in Serie A with Milan, Palermo and Torino. United have not yet placed a value on the 28-year-old, though, and it remains to be seen if Juve will be able to negotiate a deal at the end of the season. Darmian has particularly struggled for regular football since Mourinho replaced Van Gaal as United manager in 2016, but insisted back in October that he didn't regret joining the club. "I made a choice [to come to Manchester United] and I don't regret it," Darmian said. "Of course it's normal that any player wants to play as much as possible. I work hard every week and I'll keep doing it. "I don't always watch Italian football and I don't know what will happen in the future, maybe there will be a chance to come back one day." But opportunities have become even more reduced, with Darmian's sole appearance in 2018 coming in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Yeovil Town.

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