- Andrea Barzagli believes Paul Pogba might regret his decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United after his former club's fine performances this season. Ronaldo issues support to Zlatan Pogba left Turin for Old Trafford in a record-breaking transfer ahead of the 2016-17 cam...Andrea Barzagli believes Paul Pogba might regret his decision to leave Juventus for Manchester United after his former club's fine performances this season. Ronaldo issues support to Zlatan Pogba left Turin for Old Trafford in a record-breaking transfer ahead of the 2016-17 campaign but has failed to live up to his price tag since returning to Manchester. Juventus face Monaco in the semi-finals of the Champions League, meet Lazio in the Coppa Italia final and are on track to win their sixth consecutive Serie A title. Barzagli acknowledges Pogba could not have foreseen Juventus' European success but believes their run to the last four could be tinged with regret for the France international. "I saw Pogba the other day via video chat. He was happy that we reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and is cheering for us," Barzagli told Tuttosport. Bale more Kaka than Cristiano "Whoever leaves this group will always be part of it. Our biggest strength over the past few years has always been the team. "On the other hand he would surely have liked to be there. "But they are decisions you make. Nobody can expect to leave and then see your team reach the final four of the Champions League next season." Pogba, meanwhile, has already lifted the EFL Cup with United and is still in the race for Europa League glory.
- Massimiliano Allegri feels Juventus are not a "perfect machine" just yet but is delighted with the way their season has panned out so far. The reigning Italian champions beat Genoa 4-0 on Sunday to move 11 points clear of second-placed Roma in the race for the Serie A title, hav...Massimiliano Allegri feels Juventus are not a "perfect machine" just yet but is delighted with the way their season has panned out so far. The reigning Italian champions beat Genoa 4-0 on Sunday to move 11 points clear of second-placed Roma in the race for the Serie A title, having booked their ticket to the Champions League semi-finals in midweek. WATCH: Bonucci's stunning goal Juve had already secured a place in the Coppa Italia final and Allegri is over the moon with their 2016-17 campaign to date, but warned they have not achieved anything yet. "We are not a perfect machine because we still have room for improvement, but the team really is having a great season," Allegri told the club's official website. "It is absolutely extraordinary to be on 83 points with five matches to play and to have qualified for the Coppa Italia final and the Champions League semi-finals. "It is still too early to be talking about the title. We have to remember that we still have to play Roma and until it is mathematically assured we cannot talk about the Scudetto. We have a couple of days to rest now and then we will focus on Atalanta, which will not be an easy game. Pjanic proves an upgrade on Pogba "After that, we have four days before the Monaco match, so that is plenty of time to recover and prepare for the clash. "We have won nothing yet and have to take it one match at a time."
- Massimiliano Allegri's squad rotation had little impact on brilliant Juventus as the Serie A pacesetters blew Genoa away in a 4-0 win that moved them 11 points clear of Roma. A host of first-team regulars such as Giorgio Chiellini, Gianluigi Buffon and Dani Alves were rested fol...Massimiliano Allegri's squad rotation had little impact on brilliant Juventus as the Serie A pacesetters blew Genoa away in a 4-0 win that moved them 11 points clear of Roma. A host of first-team regulars such as Giorgio Chiellini, Gianluigi Buffon and Dani Alves were rested following Juve's Champions League progression against Barcelona, but the reigning champions looked no less effective as they put even more pressure on Roma ahead of their trip to Pescara on Monday. Juve's breakthrough came via an own goal from Genoa centre-back Ezequiel Munoz and the lively Paulo Dybala added to that almost immediately with a confident finish. Mario Mandzukic netted a glorious goal just before the break, his first in Serie A since early February, with Juve truly cruising against their struggling visitors. But Leonardo Bonucci gave Mandzukic competition for the best strike of the match, as the defender produced an emphatic finish after a solo run in the 64th minute. Juve hit the crossbar or post three times before the end of the match, but there was never any risk of Genoa punishing those misses. The visitors remain six points above the drop zone. In light of Juve's European exploits during the week, Genoa would have been encouraged by Allegri's significant rotation. However, they were unable to hold out for long. Juve went ahead 17 minutes in as Gonzalo Higuain chipped a clever pass into the danger zone and Munoz accidently nudged the ball into his own goal after Claudio Marchisio had missed it. Dybala then added a second a minute later, emphatically finding the bottom-right corner from 16 yards after a one-two with Sami Khedira. Any chance of a Genoa comeback was essentially vanquished just before the break. Mandzukic saw his initial left-wing cross blocked, but the ball bounced back towards him and the Croatian caressed a sumptuous effort into the bottom-right corner. Juve appeared to ease off slightly after the break, though at the back they looked as resolute as ever, with Genoa remaining ineffective despite seeing a little more of the ball. Bonucci was key to Juve's strong display at the back and also made a decisive impact at the other end just after the hour. Having picked up the ball inside his own half, the centre-back charged forward, darted past a couple of opponents and then sent a fine effort into the roof of the net from 25 yards. It almost got even worse for Genoa a few moments later, but they were twice saved by the frame of the goal in quick succession, with Marchisio's 20-yard half-volley coming back off the crossbar and Higuain hammering the rebound on to the left-hand post. Kwadwo Asamoah also hit the post with a 20-yard drive, though it had no impact on the outcome of the match as Juve unsurprisingly strolled home. Key Opta Facts: - Paulo Dybala has scored seven goals in his last six home games in all competitions. - Genoa have gained only one point in the last six Serie A matchdays and have failed to score in five of those matches. - Juventus have scored the most goals (23) in the first 30 minutes of Serie A matches this season. - Bonucci is the only defender to have scored at least two goals in each of the last four Serie A seasons.
- Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus' home match against Genoa will be a decisive fixture in the race to win the Serie A title. Juve are in pole position, having established an eight-point lead from nearest rivals Roma with just six matches remaining, while they have kept four...Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus' home match against Genoa will be a decisive fixture in the race to win the Serie A title. Juve are in pole position, having established an eight-point lead from nearest rivals Roma with just six matches remaining, while they have kept four clean sheets in a row in all competitions. Allegri's men booked a Champions League semi-final against Monaco by knocking out Barcelona 3-0 on aggregate at Camp Nou in midweek, but the Italian remains fully focused on securing a sixth straight Scudetto for Juve. Why Pep wants Alexis and Bonucci "Getting three points against Genoa would give us an important cushion at the top, basically allowing us to get two games wrong," said Allegri. "From Friday onwards, we'll be playing every three days, so the points are fundamental. The Scudetto is going to be decided. "We have made a journey, both as a team and a club. The important thing is to face matches with humility and the right spirit, so I want to remind everyone that Juventus have not actually won anything yet. Let's limit the euphoria here. Enthusiasm helps you train better, but with euphoria you can slip up. "Everyone is just waiting for Juventus to fall down, but [Sunday] is decisive for the league title and we need a tough performance." Allegri will not be resting his star names against Genoa as Juve hunt down a historic treble, with a place in the Coppa Italia final against Lazio having already been secured. "The usual four [Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic] will start in attack," added Allegri. "The only doubt is Cuadrado, because we have to see what condition he's in. His understudy is Mario Lemina. For the defence, everyone is so good that there isn't an issue. "Claudio Marchisio is fine now and he will play. He was unavailable in Barcelona after a knock to the calf and I didn't want to risk having a player on the bench who could not play." Juve have been paired with Monaco in the semi-finals of the Champions League and Allegri confirmed he was happy to avoid a clash with Real Madrid, who were drawn against Atletico Madrid in the last four of the tournament. "I would not have preferred Real Madrid in the draw," he said. "Monaco reached the semi-final and to achieve that they clearly have quality. "They have young talents, maybe not the history of Juventus, but it certainly won't be easy for us. The objective is to reach the final in Cardiff and win the Champions League, but we can only think about that after the Serie A game with Atalanta." Allegri also reiterated his intention to stay at the club amid continued reports linking him with a switch to Arsenal to succeed Arsene Wenger at the end of the season. "The priority is not my contract, as I have a contract with Juventus and I'm very happy here. The priority remains finishing this season with trophies," the 49-year-old explained. "The most important thing is to see this season through to the end."
- Monaco defender Andrea Raggi believes the presence of Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco a good chance of beating Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals. The 18-year-old has been sensational this season, scoring 22 goals in 36 in all competitions, with five coming in the knockout...Monaco defender Andrea Raggi believes the presence of Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco a good chance of beating Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals. The 18-year-old has been sensational this season, scoring 22 goals in 36 in all competitions, with five coming in the knockout stages of the European tournament. Mbappe scored three times over two legs as Monaco beat Borussia Dortmund to a spot in the last four, setting up a clash with the Serie A side. As the Ligue 1 side look to reach their first final since 2003-04, 32-year-old Raggi expects the rising France international to be at his clinical best once again. "He is a true phenomenon," he said. "When you face him in training you have to cross yourself and hope that something goes wrong and stops him. In one-on-ones he is very fast and has great technique. He is a serene boy. "He didn’t feel any pressure against Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund. I hope he sustains the pressure against Juve, so he’ll score two against them as well.” Juve beat Monaco 1-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the competition on their way to the final two years ago, and Raggi says his team are after revenge.