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  • Douglas Costa has paid his fine for Sass...

    Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Juventus winger Douglas Costa has paid a fine for spitting at Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco and urged the media to move on from the incident. Towards the end of Juve's 2-1 win in their last Serie A fixture, Costa and Di Francesco clashed, the Br...

    Douglas Costa has paid his fine for Sassuolo spitting incident – Allegri

    Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Juventus winger Douglas Costa has paid a fine for spitting at Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco and urged the media to move on from the incident. Towards the end of Juve's 2-1 win in their last Serie A fixture, Costa and Di Francesco clashed, the Brazilian headbutting and elbowing his opponent, before then also spitting in his face. Costa was served with a four-match ban by the Serie A authorities and has been widely condemned, with Allegri among those to criticise him. Allegri said in the aftermath that Costa was to be fined by Juve, on top of the punishment handed down by Serie A. Now Allegri just wants to move on, with Costa paying for his actions. Speaking to reporters at a news conference on Saturday, Allegri said: "With regards to Douglas Costa, he's paid the fine and he's understood what he's done. "What's more, he is also now injured. It is all behind us, so let's move on from the episode against Sassuolo. No more talking about Sassuolo." In the eyes of some, Paulo Dybala has been the player most impacted by Cristiano Ronaldo's pre-season arrival, with the Argentina international starting just two of their four league games so far. But the 24-year-old will be returning to Juve's line-up when they travel to Frosinone on Sunday. "Dybala will start tomorrow [Sunday], I can confirm that," Allegri said. "He is an important player. "He's got goals in those legs and he can play as a centre-forward as well, though I would have to make some alterations if he did [play centre-forward]. "The team is improving in general and getting to know each other better. Ronaldo provides a wonderful added value for us, as his performances prove. "But the team doesn't depend on him. There are lofty expectations around Cristiano and he's also extremely demanding of himself, but he doesn't have anything to prove. "He just needs to play, enjoy himself and score goals. What happened on Wednesday [controversial red card against Valencia] is already behind us."

  • We did not want to sell him - Perez insi...

    Florentino Perez has revealed Real Madrid did not want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo but had to "open the door" for his departure after the player asked to leave. Ronaldo stunned the footballing world in July when he completed a €100 million (£89m/$117m) transfer from the reigning E...

    We did not want to sell him - Perez insists Madrid got 'highest value' for Ronaldo

    Florentino Perez has revealed Real Madrid did not want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo but had to "open the door" for his departure after the player asked to leave. Ronaldo stunned the footballing world in July when he completed a €100 million (£89m/$117m) transfer from the reigning European champions to Juventus, ending a trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital. The Portuguese forward won the Champions League four times and La Liga twice, while he is also Los Blancos' all-time leading goal-scorer. However, speaking ahead of the club's ordinary and extraordinary general meetings on Sunday, president Perez explained the reasons behind the transfer – and insisted Madrid got the best possible deal for the 33-year-old. "The release clauses are not there to be paid. If there has to be sale, it is negotiated," he said. "We did not want to sell him, but he wanted to go for personal reasons and we understood that, for all the good things he had done, we had to open the door for him. "We got the highest value we could." Perez is hoping to seal approval at the meetings to push forward with plans to loan money for the renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu, though the proposed changes will not see a major increase in the stadium's overall capacity. "We have to make a decision on the work, by the end of the year, and on the financing issue," he added. "The estimated time of the development is three and a half years, which will be compatible with the sporting calendar.  "The capacity will not increase, although there will be 800 new spaces for people with disabilities."

  • Ronaldo looking forward after Champions ...

    Cristiano Ronaldo is looking forward after he was sent off on his Champions League debut for Juventus, according to team-mate Alex Sandro. Ronaldo was dismissed in Juve's 2-0 win at Valencia on Wednesday after tangling off the ball with Jeison Murillo, appearing to pull the cent...

    Ronaldo looking forward after Champions League red card - Alex Sandro

    Cristiano Ronaldo is looking forward after he was sent off on his Champions League debut for Juventus, according to team-mate Alex Sandro. Ronaldo was dismissed in Juve's 2-0 win at Valencia on Wednesday after tangling off the ball with Jeison Murillo, appearing to pull the centre-back's hair. UEFA are yet to confirm the severity of Ronaldo's punishment, with an extended ban potentially ruling the Portugal superstar out of a reunion with former club Manchester United. Despite Ronaldo being inconsolable as he left the Mestalla pitch following his red card, Alex Sandro feels his colleague is putting the incident behind him. "I see him motivated," Alex Sandro said to Sky Sport Italia.  "He has a lot of experience and he knows that what happened on Tuesday belongs to the past. "He is already looking forward, he came to help and brought quality to our group. "My understanding with him I'm learning to know him inside and outside the field.  "I'm understanding his movements and how he likes to receive the ball. Slowly I will start to assist him." Ronaldo will have a chance to bounce back in Juve's next game, away to Frosinone on Sunday. Although the Portugal captain has had an uneven start to life with the Serie A champions, Juan Cuadrado hailed Ronaldo's impact. "The arrival of Cristiano certainly gave us something more," Cuadrado told Juventus TV. "We know the player he is, but I think Juventus has always been well built. "Now maybe we are even stronger because some of us have been here for a long time and they know each other well and because they have become great champions. "We hope to go far in every competition."

  • Douglas Costa to serve spitting suspensi...

    Juventus winger Douglas Costa is reportedly facing up to a month out after the club confirmed he suffered ankle and thigh injuries in Wednesday's Champions League win over Valencia. Brazil international Costa is already ruled out of Juve's next four Serie A matches after he was ...

    Douglas Costa to serve spitting suspension on the Juventus treatment table

    Juventus winger Douglas Costa is reportedly facing up to a month out after the club confirmed he suffered ankle and thigh injuries in Wednesday's Champions League win over Valencia. Brazil international Costa is already ruled out of Juve's next four Serie A matches after he was sent off for spitting at Sassuolo forward Federico Di Francesco in Sunday's 2-1 win. He featured from the bench in the second half against Valencia, but towards the end he was forced off, needing support as he hobbled off the pitch. Following examinations, Juve confirmed on Friday that Costa's injury amounts to a sprained ankle and "a distortion to the adductors of the right thigh". Although Juve have not given a timescale for his return, reports in Italy claim the 28-year-old could be out for as long as a month. If that proves to be the case, Costa will be unavailable for the Champions League game against Young Boys on October 2, while he could also be a doubt to face Genoa in Serie A 18 days later following the conclusion of his domestic suspension.

  • It is impossible for Ronaldo or even Mes...

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would both struggle to score 50 goals in a Serie A season, according to Frosinone winger Emil Hallfredsson. Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid this summer, but he has scored just twice in Serie A, netting both goals in the recent 2-1 win ...

    It is impossible for Ronaldo or even Messi to score 50 goals in Serie A, says Hallfredsson

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would both struggle to score 50 goals in a Serie A season, according to Frosinone winger Emil Hallfredsson. Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid this summer, but he has scored just twice in Serie A, netting both goals in the recent 2-1 win over Sassuolo. The Portuguese's lack of goals has seen him mocked in Italy, particularly given that he regularly broke goalscoring records in Spain. However, a game against Hallfredsson's Frosinone, who have taken just one point from a possible 12 this season, offers a chance for Ronaldo to boost his numbers. Hallfredsson, though, has spent 11 years in Serie A and believes that both Ronaldo and Messi would find it difficult to hit the net with their superhuman regularity in Italy, given the defensive nature of the game. “Since he has been in Italy, he has had a big impact just on the image of Serie A alone,” Hallfredsson told Goal. “Serie A is more valuable with him in it. I think for many years, Serie A has been underrated. “In Italy, it is difficult to score. If Messi or Ronaldo come to Italy, it is almost impossible to score 50 goals like they do in Spain because it is more defensive. I think now though more people will watch Serie A and see how strong the league is. “I think his arrival is so positive for Serie A. I think it is going to be sold out [for Juventus]. There are going to be so many people and it will be crowded outside the stadium. It gives a lot to a city like that to see a big player come here. “He is maybe one of the best players of all time and it will give a lot to the people. We look forward to it." The Iceland international came up against Ronaldo at Euro 2016, in a game that ended 1-1, and he accepts that there is simply "no tactic" that can stop him. "I have faced him in the Euros in France, in the first game, so it will be the same as that," he added. “There are no tactics to stop him, we just hope he has a bad day, but he has so few bad days. We will just try our best.” Hallfredsson is battling to keep Frosinone in the top-flight, but says he was too old to remain at Udinese, after spending over two years with the club. “To be honest, after two and a half years in Udinese, I needed to move,” He added. “Udinese wants to play with a lot of young players. The director of the club came to me and said if I want I could change teams because I would not get the playing time I would want. "They said that to me and Danilo, the captain and we are the same age. Why Frosinone? Well, they were just so interested, you know.  They have the ambition to try and be in Serie A. I have been there with Verona. I have had some difficult seasons and I know what it is like to fight for your life. “I like the project. The president is a really good person, when I met the director and president I thought they were good with their ambitions. They want to do things the right way and I came here to be a key player. “I came here to give my best to stay in Serie A. For my own ambitions, I want to play all the games and to get the team to stay in Serie A. That was the project and I thought, why not?” Hallfredsson has carved out a career in Serie A, after leaving Tottenham as a youngster. He took the risk of joining Hellas Verona in Serie C, but helped the team return to Serie A and survive relegation in their first season after a series of promotions. His form earned him regular call ups for Iceland and he has played at the World Cup and the European Championships, with mixed success. In Russia in the summer, Iceland failed to get out of their group, while they reached the quarter-finals of the Euros in 2016. He admits that he is a little bit disappointed about the country’s showing in the World Cup, but he believes that there’s more to come from Iceland. "I think it was a little bit disappointing to be honest because we had a really good game against Argentina. We got a great point, but in the second game against Nigeria, we weren’t on our day to be honest. “Maybe if we got a draw in that game it would be different. Then against Croatia, we had so many chances to score. They had already won the group, which made it easier, maybe. We had created so many chances in that game. “We were fighting at 1-1, then they got this 2-1 goal which just killed us. Our aim was to go through the group and be second in the group. It was a little bit of a failure but we need to stay proud of our achievement. “I think a small country of just 300,000 people like Iceland to go to a World Cup is just incredible. When I was younger, I didn’t even imagine I would go to a World Cup. I played in the first and the third games. I remember them both like yesterday. “The tension was so high and the atmosphere was unbelievable. Even talking about it, gives me the feeling in my stomach. Just these two games alone live with me forever. I enjoy going to the national team, I have a lot of friends. “I am still playing at the highest level and we have a new coach. If he picks me, which I think he will, I will continue. As long as I keep enjoying it this much, I will go to. Why would you stop? After a few years you could regret quitting to early. I will enjoy it while I can. “I think that we can still do it. We showed that we can do it. We have the right mentality to keep going. There will be more players coming in. With respect to how few we are, we have produced a lot of players. "Now, I think we will aim to go to the Euros and I think we can do it. We have almost the same team. There are not too many players who are too old to play. I even think we can improve with this team. Our aim is to go to this tournament.”

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