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  • Bayern confirm Douglas Costa will join J...

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Douglas Costa will join Juventus next summer in a deal that worth €46 million. The attacker was loaned to Juve in the close-season for €6m with the Serie A side holding an option to buy him for a further €40m. Juve 18/1 for Champions League t...

    Bayern confirm Douglas Costa will join Juventus permanently in €46m deal

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Douglas Costa will join Juventus next summer in a deal that worth €46 million. The attacker was loaned to Juve in the close-season for €6m with the Serie A side holding an option to buy him for a further €40m. Juve 18/1 for Champions League title Costa is yet to break into the first-team at the Turin giants, having started just five of his 10 Serie A appearances. However, the reigning Italian champions will spend the full fee to take him on a permanent deal at the end of the campaign, as Bayern CEO Rummenigge confirmed at the club's annual general meeting. "Douglas Costa joined Juventus on loan last summer," he said. "At the same time he will definitively join Juventus next summer for €46m overall."  Bayern have taken a six-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga after reappointing Jupp Heynckes as Carlo Ancelotti's successor. Although the Italian was sacked early in the season, Rummenigge took time to thank him for his work at the club. "I want to thank Carlo Ancelotti. He is a good person and a very good coach," he said. "We became German champions together, but sometimes a successful coach and a successful club do not fit together. "The decision to sack him so early in the season was not easy, but professionally necessary. When I told him the decision, Carlo said: 'Okay, you are not my boss anymore, but you stay my friend.' That's something which is rare. I wish him and his team all the best."

  • Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barc...

    Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has expressed disappointment following their 0-0 draw against Barcelona in Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League game. The result moved the Old Lady to second spot in Group D with eight points from five games while their visitors, on 11 points, advanc...

    Juventus’ Benatia disappointed with Barcelona stalemate

    Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has expressed disappointment following their 0-0 draw against Barcelona in Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League game. The result moved the Old Lady to second spot in Group D with eight points from five games while their visitors, on 11 points, advanced to the knockout phase with a game to spare. Benatia took to Twitter to express his frustration, saying: "Pity that we have not taken the three points, focus on the future with the head held high!" Massimiliano Allegri’s men will now wait for their must-win final group fixture against Olympiacos on December 5 to progress to the next round of the tournament. Benatia will be looking forward to his fourth Serie A appearance this campaign when Juventus, placed third with 31 points from 13 games, host Crotone on Sunday.

  • Lucas Digne: Ter Stegen is world's best ...

    Lucas Digne believes Barcelona team-mate Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the best goalkeeper in the world following his exploits against Juventus in the Champions League. Barca 23/10 for clean sheet v Valencia Bayern Munich veteran Manuel Neuer and Manchester United's David de Gea are...

    Lucas Digne: Ter Stegen is world's best goalkeeper

    Lucas Digne believes Barcelona team-mate Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the best goalkeeper in the world following his exploits against Juventus in the Champions League. Barca 23/10 for clean sheet v Valencia Bayern Munich veteran Manuel Neuer and Manchester United's David de Gea are widely regarded as the top keepers in football. However, Digne put forward Ter Stegen's case after the Germany international produced two decisive saves to deny Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala in Wednesday's goalless draw in Turin as Barca reached the last 16. "For me, Ter Stegen is the best goalkeeper in the world right now," Digne told reporters. "He is playing at an extremely high level." Despite the draw away to the Italian champions, it was enough for La Liga-leading Barca to advance to the knockout round with one matchday remaining. Barca are three points clear of Juve in Group D as Ernesto Valverde's men round out their group campaign against Sporting CP. "We continue to work hard and are happy to be here," Digne said. "We want to continue to play without losing."

  • 'They didn't hurt us' - Allegri satisfie...

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised his team for holding "extraordinary" players at bay in a 0-0 Champions League draw against Barcelona. Juve 5/2 to beat Crotone -3 handicap The goalless draw in Turin left Juve in second in Group D, three points behind La Liga giants B...

    'They didn't hurt us' - Allegri satisfied with defensive stability against Barcelona

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised his team for holding "extraordinary" players at bay in a 0-0 Champions League draw against Barcelona. Juve 5/2 to beat Crotone -3 handicap The goalless draw in Turin left Juve in second in Group D, three points behind La Liga giants Barca. But, coming off a shock 3-2 loss at Sampdoria in the Serie A, Allegri was pleased with the way his team defended on Wednesday. "The boys did really well. When you play games like this, everyone needs to defend. They worked well when not in possession and we made it difficult for Barcelona to play through our defence," he said. "This means we've done well and we need to kick on from here. Today, I was more interested in the performance than the result, because in Genoa we conceded goals that Juve cannot concede. "Tonight, faced with some extraordinary players, we maintained a very high level of focus and they didn't hurt us. When Juve defend like that, it's very tough to score." Juve remain well-placed to reach the last 16, facing a trip to Olympiacos on the final matchday of the group on December 5. Allegri's men are a point ahead of third-placed Sporting CP and the coach said a win in Greece would be the aim. "It was a really good game from a tactical perspective and our first 0-0 of the season," he said. "We found some space in the first half but struggled a bit in the second, though we did manage to create some chances through Douglas Costa and [Paulo] Dybala. "It's an important point and means we'll go to Athens knowing a draw may not be enough and that we need to win."

  • Valverde explains decision to bench Mess...

    Ernesto Valverde says he left Lionel Messi out of the Barcelona starting line-up against Juventus as he felt he needed a rest. The Argentina star was surprisingly dropped to the substitutes' bench for the 0-0 Champions League draw in Turin on Tuesday, with Barca director of inst...

    Valverde explains decision to bench Messi

    Ernesto Valverde says he left Lionel Messi out of the Barcelona starting line-up against Juventus as he felt he needed a rest. The Argentina star was surprisingly dropped to the substitutes' bench for the 0-0 Champions League draw in Turin on Tuesday, with Barca director of institutional relations, Guillermo Amor, describing it as "a technical decision" and not one made due to injury. Blaugrana 10/11 to beat Valencia Valverde has now explained he believed Messi would be more useful as a second-half substitute as he expected Juve to be more open. However, he would not confirm whether it was something he had agreed with Messi in the build-up to the match, with reports in Spain suggesting it had been decided some days ago. "He has built up a lot of games and we thought this time he could come on for the second half," said Valverde, as quoted by AS. "We thought the game was going to be tight at the beginning and then it could be opened up later in the second half. That's what happened." When asked if he had agreed it with Messi this week, he replied: "These are internal decisions of the coach." Barca, who secured a place in the last 16 and top spot in Group D with the draw, controlled much of the match without creating too many opportunities against a reasonably defensive Juve side. Marc-Andre ter Stegen was forced to make a fine save from Paulo Dybala in second-half injury time, though, and Valverde was pleased to see his goalkeeper stay alert for 90 otherwise quiet minutes. "We came with the intention of winning and we played with personality," he said. "They're a team who press a lot. We dominated for long spells, except in the final few minutes, in which they had the play and had the chance with Dybala. "Our intention is for Ter Stegen not to have much work and he hasn't, because we've dominated a lot of games, but they had that chance, which was at the end of the game." Barca now switch their focus to a top-of-the-table clash with Valencia in La Liga on Sunday.

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