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Roman Abramovich Has Dished Out £112.5M In Compensation To Sacked Chelsea Bosses
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Roman Abramovich Has Dished Out £112.5M In Compensation To Sacked Chelsea Bosses

Frank Lampard was railroaded as surely as the trains which still rumble along the old tracks behind the main stand at Stamford Bridge. The German era was already dawning on Chelsea. At another hefty price. Roman Abramovich does not sack managers with quite the frequency of that rusty stretch of the London Overground but the costs of keeping his unwanted livestock rolling out has to be just as expensive. Even though the King's Road's favourite son goes for a bargain handshake. Because the club had not yet triggered his new contract extension beyond the remaining six months of his old deal, Lampard collects £2million compensation rather than a projected £6million. Oh, well. Only Rafa Benitez and Guus Hiddink, who were out of contract and cost Roman sweet nothing, went chea...
Chelsea begin Tuchel tenure with record-breaking passing performance against Wolves
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Chelsea begin Tuchel tenure with record-breaking passing performance against Wolves

The Blues had a bulk of the possession on the day, setting a club and division record, but could not break through as the game ended goalless Chelsea's first match under Thomas Tuchel was a record-breaking one, as the Blues dominated the ball in Wednesday's match against Wolves. Tuchel was confirmed as Chelsea manager on Tuesday, shortly after the Blues made the decision to part ways with Frank Lampard. Lampard's tenure ended after just one-and-a-half years, with the former Chelsea midfielder following Maurizio Sarri, the man he replaced, in departing following less than two seasons in charge.  
What Andrea Pirlo Said after Wining First Trophy at Juventus
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What Andrea Pirlo Said after Wining First Trophy at Juventus

Juventus Coach, Andrea Pirlo, has said that he was a great joy after winning his first trophy at the club on Wednesday. Pirlo won his first trophy as a Juventus manager on Wednesday night following his side’s 2-0 win over Napoli in the Italian Super Cup final. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata gave Juventus the victory over Napoli at Stadio Città del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia, Italy. “Winning a first title (as a coach) is a great joy, different from that felt as a player, it’s even more beautiful,” Pirlo, who lifted the trophy three times as a player with Juventus and AC Milan told reporters after the match. “I am sorry for Gennaro Gattuso [Napoli manager], but we wanted to react after the defeat against Inter Milan,” Pirlo added. “We bet a lot on the pri...
Lampard didn’t rate Chelsea star Pulisic because he was American – Marsch
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Lampard didn’t rate Chelsea star Pulisic because he was American – Marsch

 The RB Salzburg manager says he had a discussion with the Blues boss regarding the winger, who is now a key figure at Stamford Bridge Jesse Marsch says that he had a discussion with Frank Lampard last season that left him with the impression that the Chelsea boss didn't rate Christian Pulisic because he was American. Pulisic signed for Chelsea in January 2019, just a few months before Lampard was named as the club's replacement for manager Maurizio Sarri. The winger got off to a slow start at Stamford Bridge but, by the end of the season, he was a vital piece of Lampard's attacking unit.
Sarri Is Why I Joined Juventus – De Ligt
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Sarri Is Why I Joined Juventus – De Ligt

Defender Matthijs de Ligt says manager Maurizio Sarri is one of the main reasons he joined Juventus. The 19-year-old centre-back had been linked with a number of Europe's top clubs but completed a £67.5m move to the Italian champions on Thursday. Former Chelsea boss Sarri was unpopular with some supporters at Stamford Bridge and left the club earlier this summer after less than a year in charge. "He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here," said De Ligt. "I spoke to Sarri on the phone before coming just to get to know each other. "I've heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defence." Sarri attempted to implement his attacking style while Chelsea manager but left at the end of last season despite finishi...
Alessandro Del Piero and Gennaro Gattuso, React to Andrea Pirlo’s Appointment as Juventus Manager
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Alessandro Del Piero and Gennaro Gattuso, React to Andrea Pirlo’s Appointment as Juventus Manager

Italy legends, Alessandro Del Piero and Gennaro Gattuso, have reacted to Andrea Pirlo’s appointment as Juventus manager. DAILY POST reported on Saturday that Juventus appointed Andrea Pirlo as their new manager, just hours after sacking Maurizio Sarri. Pirlo was only named Juventus’ U-23 head coach last month. But the 41-year-old former midfield maestro has now been asked to take over the club’s senior team, even before taking charge of a fixture. Reacting to the development, Del Piero, who played with Pirlo during their time at Juventus, said he never expected him to move into management, while Gattuso, who played with Pirlo during their time at Italy national team, said he is “screwed”. “To be honest, I wouldn’t have bet on him becoming th...
Juventus Sack Maurizio Sarri After Champions League Exit
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Juventus Sack Maurizio Sarri After Champions League Exit

Juventus have sacked head coach Maurizio Sarri a day after being knocked out of the Champions League in the last-16 stage to Lyon, according to Sky in Italy. The former Chelsea and Napoli boss only took charge of Juventus in June last year, signing a three-year contract at the time, and led the side to a ninth consecutive Serie A title last month.
‘Serie A was our main goal’ – Bonucci plays down Juventus’ Champions League exit
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‘Serie A was our main goal’ – Bonucci plays down Juventus’ Champions League exit

They may have won the Scudetto for a record ninth straight season, but Juve's European woes continued on Friday with elimination at the hands of LyonJuventus defender Leonardo Bonucci claimed that his team-mates would not dwell too long on Friday's Champions League exit, as the club's first priority was to retain Serie A. The Italian giants picked up the Scudetto for the ninth consecutive season in July, beating out Inter, Lazio and Atalanta at the summit. Despite that success, though, the warning signs for Maurizio Sarri's men were there, after suffering four defeats and winning just three of their last nine league games following the restart.
Juventus are cursed’ – Sarri says Old Lady unlucky in Champions League elimination
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Juventus are cursed’ – Sarri says Old Lady unlucky in Champions League elimination

The Old Lady simply didn't have luck on their side during their continental campaign, according to their managerMaurizio Sarri believes Juventus are "cursed" in the Champions League after their exit at the hands of Lyon on Friday. Cristiano Ronaldo's brace helped Juve to a 2-1 win in Turin, but they fell in the last-16 tie on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw. Memphis Depay had given Lyon the lead in the second leg before Ronaldo's double, with Juve's wait for a first Champions League title since 1996 to go on.
Champions League: Sarri Speaks on Juventus vs Lyon Being his Last Game
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Champions League: Sarri Speaks on Juventus vs Lyon Being his Last Game

Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri, has insisted his job is safe at the club, even if they don’t overtun a 1-0 deficit to Lyon in the Champions League on Friday. Earlier this month, Sarri led the Turin club to a ninth successive Serie A title. However, the Bianconeri lost four of their 12 matches after the restart. Sarri is aware that despite the domestic dominance, the true test for any Juve coach comes in the Champions League, which they have not won since 1996. “I don’t think it will be my last match,” Sarri told reporters on Thursday, when asked if he thought he would be axed if the team is eliminated. “I think I’m dealing with top-level managers – they’re not amateurs. They’ve already made their evaluations, independently of the result tomorrow. “This qu...
Ronaldo is a champion with his feet and mind – Sarri
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Ronaldo is a champion with his feet and mind – Sarri

The Italian manager believes his Portuguese attacker is able to handle pressure like few others can Maurizio Sarri praised the "incredible" Cristiano Ronaldo after the star's pair of penalties helped Juventus draw 2-2 with Atalanta. Ronaldo converted two spot-kicks in Turin on Saturday as Juve took another step towards the Serie A title. The Portugal international cancelled out Duvan Zapata's opener before securing a point in the 90th minute after Ruslan Malinovskiy had restored Atalanta's lead.
‘I Don’t Understand How Juve Can Play Like This – Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Elma Aveiro Criticizes
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‘I Don’t Understand How Juve Can Play Like This – Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Elma Aveiro Criticizes

Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, Elma Aveiro, has criticised Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri after the Bianconeri lost the Coppa Italia final to Napoli on penalties on Wednesday night. As well as voicing her complaints about Sarri, Aveiro also stood up for her brother. "What more can you do?" Cristiano's sister wrote about her brother on Instagram. "That's all there is, my darling can't work miracles and do it all by himself... I don't understand how they can play like this... "Anyway, keep your chin up, but you can't do it all, my king."
Napoli 1-1 Inter (2-1 agg): Mertens makes history as Gattuso’s side reach final
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Napoli 1-1 Inter (2-1 agg): Mertens makes history as Gattuso’s side reach final

Dries Mertens scored a crucial equaliser to send Napoli through to the Coppa Italia final and become the club's all-time leading scorer. Napoli set up a Coppa Italia final against former coach Maurizio Sarri and Juventus after a record-breaking goal from Dries Mertens saw them draw 1-1 with Inter on Saturday, enough for a 2-1 triumph on aggregate. Mertens converted Lorenzo Insigne's square pass to score his 122nd goal for the club, in the process moving him clear of Marek Hamsik to sit alone in top spot as their all-time leading goalscorer. Fabian Ruiz's goal at San Siro in the first leg prior to the coronavirus outbreak had put Napoli in control of the semi-final tie at the halfway stage, only for Inter to erase the deficit inside two minutes of the return meeting. ...
Juventus and Dybala confident of agreement over €12m-a-year contract renewal
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Juventus and Dybala confident of agreement over €12m-a-year contract renewal

There appears to be good progress in talks between the Serie A club and the Argentina international, with the player set for a bumper wage Talks between Juventus and Paulo Dybala are progressing well, with the Argentina international forward aiming for a new €12 million-a-year (£11m/$14m) contract with the perennial Serie A champions. Juventus resume their campaign on Friday evening against Milan in the Coppa Italia, the first game back in Italy in the 2019-20 season following the lengthy break enforced by coronavirus. Dybala, who contracted the virus and suffered an especially bad case of the disease, is set to feature having become an important part of Maurizio Sarri's team as they aim to hold off title challengers Lazio and Inter to retain their Serie A crown.
‘Sarri is meticulous and Allegri is the master’ – Juventus defender Bonucci compares his managers
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‘Sarri is meticulous and Allegri is the master’ – Juventus defender Bonucci compares his managers

The Italian centre-back has opened up on the differences between the current Bianconeri boss and his predecessor Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has compared Maurizio Sarri and Massimiliano Allegri, describing the former as "meticulous" and the latter as a "master" of in-game management. Bonucci helped Juve win six consecutive Serie A titles during his first spell at the club between 2010 and 2017, spending three years under the stewardship of Italian tactician Allegri. Juve dominated domestic proceedings during Allegri's five-year reign at the Allianz Stadium, and managed to reach two Champions League finals.
7 Players Lampard wants to Leave Chelsea Revealed
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7 Players Lampard wants to Leave Chelsea Revealed

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, is reportedly ready to sell seven (7) players, to help fund a summer rebuild, according to Mirror UK. The players are Pedro, Willian, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Kurt Zouma, Ross Barkley, and Michy Batshuayi. Chelsea are keen to fund a move for RB Leipzig striker, Timo Werner transfer and two more signings this summer’s transfer window. The Blues are already favourite to land Werner at the end of the season. The West London club is also interested in Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, and Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga as Lampard looks to strengthen his squad ahead of next season. However, Pedro is keen to leave Stamford Bridge. AS Roma are in pole position to sign the former Barcelona winger. Willian is also set to part company...
Chelsea director Granovskaia to meet with Juventus over Jorginho swap
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Chelsea director Granovskaia to meet with Juventus over Jorginho swap

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is set to meet with Juventus over a potential swap deal involving Jorginho. With football's economy impacted by the coronavirus, swap deals might become the norm this summer. Juve boss Maurizio Sarri desperately wants a reunion with Italy international Jorginho, who he managed at Napoli and Chelsea. Calciomercato says the Old Lady would be willing to offer Federico Bernardeschi in exchange for the holding midfielder. Juve currently value Jorginho at around £35m and feel Bernardeschi has a similar value. Granovskaia is set to speak with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici about the potential deal this week
Zola names two players who got ‘bored’ under Sarri
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Zola names two players who got ‘bored’ under Sarri

Eden Hazard and Willian were among the Chelsea players who got “bored” of Maurizio Sarri’s methods, according to Blues legend Gianfranco Zola. Zola served as assistant manager under Sarri during the current Juventus boss’ sole season in charge at Stamford Bridge, in what was a campaign of mixed success. Chelsea won the Europa League and finished third in the Premier League, but Sarri struggled to get the best out of key players like N’Golo Kante, and the season ended on a low note when Eden Hazard left for Real Madrid. Now, Zola – who left his post when Frank Lampard was appointed as Sarri’s successor last summer – has revealed that the manager’s methods in training had a negative impact on Hazard and fellow winger Willian, among others. “They were talented players, like Hazard...
Jorginho’s Agent Clears Air on Midfielder’s Alleged Move to Juventus from Chelsea
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Jorginho’s Agent Clears Air on Midfielder’s Alleged Move to Juventus from Chelsea

Italy star, Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos has said that his client is happy at Chelsea and that Juventus have not approached him. DAILY POST had reported that Jorginho had drawn interest from Juventus in the past few days. Juventus coach, Maurizio Sarri, is keen to work with the 28-year-old again for the third time. Sarri coached Jorginho at Napoli and Chelsea, respectively, during his time at both clubs. Jorginho presently has three years left on his current contract with Chelsea, but Santos says Juventus’ sporting director, Fabio Paratici has not been in touch. “Juventus are one of the top clubs in Europe, all players would like an experience there,” Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “But I did not hear from anyone, Fabio Paratici has no...
Jorginho’s agent opens door for possible Juventus move
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Jorginho’s agent opens door for possible Juventus move

The Blues midfielder would seemingly be open to lining up in Turin should the opportunity present itself Jorginho's agent Joao Santos insisted Juventus have not asked about the Chelsea star, though he admitted any player would like to play for the Serie A champions. Juve are reportedly interested in reuniting head coach Maurizio Sarri with midfielder Jorginho in Turin – the pair having worked together at Chelsea and Napoli. Jorginho has emerged as a possible replacement for Miralem Pjanic, who has been linked to La Liga champions Barcelona and Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea tell Juventus Jorginho’s price tag
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Chelsea tell Juventus Jorginho’s price tag

Chelsea has set a price tag for their midfielder, Jorginho, amid interest from Juventus. Jorginho has drawn interest from Juventus in the past few days. Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri, is keen to work with Jorginho again for the third time. Sarri coached the 28-year-old at Napoli and Chelsea, respectively, during his time at both clubs. Jorginho currently has three years left on his contract with Chelsea. According to TuttoSport, Chelsea is demanding at least, £58million (€65m) for Jorginho. Jorginho has enjoyed a fine season under Blues manager, Frank Lampard, so far. The Italy international has since commended the work of Lampard for turning the tide on some negativity surrounding him. Jorginho said: “He [Frank Lampard] has always spoke...
Ramsey ‘definitely a Man Utd-type player’, says former Wales boss Coleman
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Ramsey ‘definitely a Man Utd-type player’, says former Wales boss Coleman

The 49-year-old feels his former charge would be able to handle the pressure of being a Red Devil if he wanted to leave Italy for England Former Wales manager Chris Coleman has insisted that Aaron Ramsey would be a good fit for Manchester United if he decided to return to the Premier League from Serie A giants Juventus. The box-to-box midfielder had been courted by the Red Devils as a young Cardiff City player, but eventually opted to join Arsenal instead. Last summer, he swapped London for Turin, joining the Bianconeri on a free transfer, but has seen his game-time limited under former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
‘I ended up hearing some things that were honestly unfair’ – Jorginho considered leaving Chelsea amid difficult first season
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‘I ended up hearing some things that were honestly unfair’ – Jorginho considered leaving Chelsea amid difficult first season

The midfielder was heavily criticised along with former manager Maurizio Sarri, causing him to consider his future Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has admitted that he considered leaving the club during his first season at Stamford Bridge. Jorginho joined the Blues prior to the 2018-19 campaign, arriving at the club from Napoli along with manager Maurizio Sarri. The Italy international was considered vital to the way Sarri wanted to play, but the Blues often struggled to adapt to the Italian manager's preferred style. Sarri used Jorginho in a holding midfield role, pushing N'Golo Kante further up the pitch in a move that angered many Chelsea fans. Jorginho has said that some of the criticism levelled at him wasn't fair, but also served as motivation as he looked to find his ...
Jorginho, Tonali, Pogba and Pjanic: How Juventus’ 2020-21 midfield is shaping up
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Jorginho, Tonali, Pogba and Pjanic: How Juventus’ 2020-21 midfield is shaping up

Juve are set to be picky over their transfer targets, with the summer market looking likely to be characterised by swap deals and part-exchanges Juventus are making plans for the 2020-21 season, specifically looking at the heart of their midfield, where there could be both new signings and old faces let go. Given the timing, with the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected close to 200,000 people in Italy and resulted in the death of more than 26,000, Juve are unlikely to make wholesale changes over the summer as the market settles. Instead, their idea is to make a few signings but ensure that they are of the highest quality - and it is the midfield that will be the recipient of the bulk of these, with the belief being that this is the area in which they have been lacking this seas...
Maccarone recalls Sarri’s great Empoli test – and how it helped him adapt to Ronaldo
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Maccarone recalls Sarri’s great Empoli test – and how it helped him adapt to Ronaldo

Massimo Maccarone and Maurizio Sarri go back many years, sharing in the joy of promotion to Serie A with Empoli in the 2013-14 season. Massimo Maccarone is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Italian knows they share a common bond: both have tested the tactical mastery of Maurizio Sarri. Empoli favourite Maccarone played at the Tuscan club when Sarri made his reputation there in a three-year stint that began in 2012, before the coach went on to Napoli, Chelsea and now Juventus. Veteran boss Sarri only came to prominence in his early fifties, when Maccarone was a key figure in his Empoli side, just as Ronaldo now is at Juve. While 61-year-old Sarri has forged a plan to fit superstar Ronaldo alongside Gonzalo Higuain and Paolo Dybala in a three-man Juv...
Boga: Should Chelsea take another look at Sassuolo star?
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Boga: Should Chelsea take another look at Sassuolo star?

The Blues let the attacker leave for Sassuolo in 2018, and could trigger their buyback clause for the improved Ivory Coast international this year Careers can turn on moments, and Jeremie Boga's time at Chelsea may well have turned out differently if one specific match had gone another way for the Ivory Coast international. The Sassuolo wideman left Chelsea in 2018 after lan deals with Stade Rennais, Granada and Birmingham City from 2015, but things might have panned out differently if the Blues’ encounter with Burnley at the start of the 2017-18 season had gone according to plan. Antonio Conte failed to truly improve his team during a frustrating summer window, and Boga was a shock inclusion from the start against the Clarets, only to have his debut cut short after 18 minutes f...
Juventus Move to Replace Sarri with Guardiola
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Juventus Move to Replace Sarri with Guardiola

Juventus will launch a bid to lure Pep Guardiola from Manchester City at the end of the season, according to the UK Sun. The Serie A champions only appointed Maurizio Sarri in the summer, but the Italian is already under pressure at the Allianz Stadium. Juve president, Andrea Agnelli, believes that Guardiola is the right man to take the club forward. Inter Milan, last weekend overtook Juve on the league table, following a 4-2 win over city rivals AC Milan. It came 24 hours after Sarri’s men suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Hellas Verona. Sarri is at risk of being the manager responsible for blowing a record ninth Serie A title in a row. Guardiola’s current deal sees him earn around £15m-a-year at City, but Juve have made it clear money “will not be an object”.
I’m Happy Napoli Defeated Juventus – Sarri
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I’m Happy Napoli Defeated Juventus – Sarri

  Juventus boss, Maurizio Sarri has said that he was happy for Napoli after they defeated Juventus in their Serie A clash on Sunday. Juventus were handed their second defeat in the league this season and also missed the chance to move six points clear of Inter Milan. Cristiano Ronaldo netted his eighth goal in eight games in a row, but it was not enough to help Juve after Piotr Zielinski and Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli 2-0 ahead. Sarri told Sky Sports Italia that he was glad to see his former club, Napoli arrest their slump, even against his current club. “I am happy for the lads, as I will always be fond of them. “If you have to lose, I guess I’d rather it be here to help Napoli get out of their current problems. I’d rather they started winning next week,...
Sarri Names Strong Juventus Squad to Face Napoli
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Sarri Names Strong Juventus Squad to Face Napoli

  Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri has named a strong squad to face Napoli in Sunday’s away Serie A fixture. Sarri released a list of 19 players through the club’s official website on Saturday. Sarri’s men head to the game following a 2-1 win over Parma in their last game. Below is Juventus squad against Napoli: 1. Szczesny, 4. De Ligt, 5. Pjanic, 7. Ronaldo, 8. Ramsey, 10. Dybala, 11. Douglas Costa, 12. Alex Sandro, 14. Matuidi, 16. Cuadrado, 19. Bonucci, 21. Higuain, 24. Rugani, 25. Rabiot, 30. Bentancur, 31. Pinsoglio, 33. Bernardeschi, 41. Coccolo, 77. Buffon. The kick-off time for the match is 8:45pm.
‘You Should Give Credit To Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mother For Producing A Fine Specimen’ Elated Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri Says
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‘You Should Give Credit To Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mother For Producing A Fine Specimen’ Elated Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri Says

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has made a rather funny comment about the reason Cristiano Ronaldo has been in such a rich vein of form this season.   The Portuguese superstar has scored  seven goals in his last four games for Italian league leaders, Juventus and after Juve beat Roma 3-1 in the Italian cup on Wednesday night, Sarri has refused to share glory for Ronaldo's form in front of goal, rather giving the accolades to Ronaldo's mum. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner took his tally to 19 goals for the season, leading Sarri to say; 'I cannot take credit for Ronaldo's current form, he told Rai Sport after the game. 'You can only give credit to his mother for creating such a specimen!' "We had a good first half, but didn't come out of the locker room for the...
Maurizio Sarri Set for Emotional Napoli Return, Rome Prepares for Fiery derby
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Maurizio Sarri Set for Emotional Napoli Return, Rome Prepares for Fiery derby

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said he expects an emotional return to his former club Napoli on Sunday as Lazio and Roma prepare for a derby clash in Serie A after both capital-city sides exited the Italian Cup during the week. Sarri missed Juventus’ home game against Napoli with pneumonia in August and Sunday’s game at the Stadio San Paolo will be his first since leaving the club in 2018 before his move to Chelsea. “It will be a tremendously difficult game, emotionally it will be particularly special. My relationship with Naples and above all the city was strong,” said Sarri, after Juve reached the Italian Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Roma on Wednesday. Juventus are top of the league with a four-point lead on second-placed Inter Milan, but Napoli — Serie A runners...
Ronaldo To Add Another Award To His Cabinet Before Juventus Versus Parma Game
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Ronaldo To Add Another Award To His Cabinet Before Juventus Versus Parma Game

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be adding another award to his cabinet before his side takes on Parma later today. The former Real Madrid man who has been in great form since joining Juventus has never stop scoring and helping his side win games. Ronaldo has now be voted Juventus MVP for December by Juventus fans on their website Juventus.com.  Ronaldo will be presented with the award by a lucky Juventus member before the game later today. Looking at Ronaldo form during December, The Instagram superstar scored nine goals up until Roma versus Juventus game. Meanwhile, Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri confirmed during his press conference that De Ligt, Douglas Costa and Rabiot and all available for the game against Parma. 'De ligt played a lot of ...
I Would Help Ronaldo Win His Sixth Balon D’or – Maurizio Sarri
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I Would Help Ronaldo Win His Sixth Balon D’or – Maurizio Sarri

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed he will help Cristiano Ronaldo wins his sixth Balon D'or. Ronaldo who has already won five Balon d'Or is only one behind Barcelona man Lionel Messi who has won six. Sarri has however assured the Portuguese international who didn't play in the 4 nil win against Udinese on Wednesday that he is determined to help him win his sixth Balon d'Or so he matches Messi.Speaking with reporters after the game on Wednesday, Sarri said: 'I would like to help Cristiano win the sixth Ballon d'Or first,' 'It's really annoying thinking that someone won more [Ballons d'Or] than him. I think about him and I think helping him, it is my goal and the goal of the team. It is right for him.' 'Dybala is going to be one of the contenders in the next years. I th...
LaLiga: Hazard criticizes two former Chelsea managers
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LaLiga: Hazard criticizes two former Chelsea managers

Real Madrid forward, Eden Hazard, has admitted that he was “less happy” when working under Italian coaches Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Hazard spent seven years at Stamford Bridge, where he won two Premier League titles and one FA Cup. The Belgium captain says he is now enjoying his training sessions under Zinedine Zidane. “In training, we are always using the ball, there’s movement and mini-matches,” Hazard told Sport Magazine. “When you meet Italian coaches like I did (Conte and Sarri) you are less happy. “They are more rigid and repetitive. “You find pleasure in victory (playing the way Real Madrid do). I spent three years with Italian coaches so to rediscover this pleasure again makes me happy.”
Chelsea Spent £26m Just To Sack Former Coach Antonio Conte
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Chelsea Spent £26m Just To Sack Former Coach Antonio Conte

It has been revealed that the decision to part with Antonio Conte and his coaching team in the summer of 2018 cost Chelsea £26.6 million ($35m). The Blues opted to make a change in the dugout after two years working with an Italian tactician. Conte delivered on his remit in west London, with a Premier League title triumph in his debut campaign followed by an FA Cup success in his second. The lifting of major silverware at Wembley would prove to be the final act for the former Juventus and Italy boss in English football. He was ushered through the exits in order to make way for the arrival of fellow countryman Maurizio Sarri. Conte had 12 months left to run on his contract when being unceremoniously dumped. The decision was taken to head in a different direction as the Blu...
Portugal Manager Loses His Cool Over Constant Cristiano Ronaldo Questions
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Portugal Manager Loses His Cool Over Constant Cristiano Ronaldo Questions

Portugal manager Fernando Santos lost his cool after being asked constant questions about Cristiano Ronaldo in a press conference. Ronaldo has been subbed off by Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri in his last two games and many have speculated about his form. Santos answered a question about the 34-year-old but when asked another he said 'I won't talk about Cristiano anymore.' The first question is in reference to Sarri substituting Ronaldo twice in a week and the 65-year-old defended his captain. Per Goal, he said: "Everybody wants to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo, everybody wants to give their opinion on Cristiano Ronaldo. "But if this thing (Sarri's substitutions) was with any other player, nobody would be talking about it. "We are only talking about this because it's...
Angry Ronaldo Leaves Juve Stadium After Being Substituted In 55th Minute
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Angry Ronaldo Leaves Juve Stadium After Being Substituted In 55th Minute

Cristiano Ronaldo was not happy after being substituted by Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri for the second game running. Ronaldo's replacement Dybala scored in the 77th minute with a goal the Portuguese would have been proud of. After a quick exchange of passes, the Argentine twisted past Alessio Romagnoli and beat Gianluigi Donnarumma with a right footshot. Ronaldo was taken off in the 55th minute, his earliest substitution since he joined Juve at the start of last season and the first time he has been replaced twice in succession. Despite producing a lacklustre display, Ronaldo gave coach Maurizio Sarri a dirty look, muttered something under his breath and walked straight down the tunnel. Sky Sport Italia later reported that Ronaldo left the stadium before the game had even f...
‘Ronaldo was angry because his knee was sore’ – Sarri explains Juventus star’s reaction to being substituted
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‘Ronaldo was angry because his knee was sore’ – Sarri explains Juventus star’s reaction to being substituted

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri says Cristiano Ronaldo’s angry reaction when being substituted against Lokomotiv Moscow was because he had sustained a minor injury. The former Real Madrid forward was taken off for Paulo Dybala in the 82nd minute of Wednesday’s Champions League match in the Russian capital. It is the first time the Portugal international has failed to complete 90 minutes in a Champions League game since February 2016, and he did not take it well. Ronaldo was clearly frustrated as he made his way off the pitch, exchanging words with Sarri before making his way to the bench. The game was still level at 1-1 at the time, though Juve would go on to secure all three points thanks to a stoppage-time strike from substitute Douglas Costa. Speaking after the game Sarri pl...
Juventus Head Coach Sarri Diagnosed With Pneumonia
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Juventus Head Coach Sarri Diagnosed With Pneumonia

After suffering from flu over the past week, the now Bianconeri boss has pneumonia, according to the club Article continues below Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has been diagnosed with pneumonia, the Serie A champions have confirmed, and his status for the club's league opener is unknown. The 60-year-old missed Juve's friendly win over Triestina on Saturday due to "the persistence" of flu, which he developed last week. He returned to the club's training base on Monday but was unable to oversee preparation work on the pitch due to his illness. The club conducted further examinations and Sarri has now begun a course of treatment. A statement released by the club on Monday read: "Maurizio Sarri, after having observed rest over the weekend, was at the JTC Continassa (Juve's ...
‘Chelsea players thinking about Hazard exit’ – Petit sees Lampard already in must-win territory
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‘Chelsea players thinking about Hazard exit’ – Petit sees Lampard already in must-win territory

The former Blues midfielder believes victory must be secured over Leicester, allowing summer sales and early losses for a new regime to be forgotten New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard already finds himself in must-win territory, says Emmanuel Petit, with a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United suggesting that some players are still “thinking about what a big loss Eden Hazard is”. The Blues have had to contend with the departure of their most potent attacking threat in what has been a testing summer at Stamford Bridge. Maurizio Sarri also left the club, leading former fans’ favourite Lampard to be returned to familiar surroundings.
‘I wanted the No. 7 jersey!’ – New Juventus signing Danilo relishing Ronaldo reunion
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‘I wanted the No. 7 jersey!’ – New Juventus signing Danilo relishing Ronaldo reunion

Despite failing in his light-hearted bid to steal the striker's trademark number, Danilo cannot wait to meet up once more with his old Madrid friend Danilo is motivated to become a better player at Juventus with the help of former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and new head coach Maurizio Sarri. The Brazil full-back made the move to Turin last week as part of a deal that saw Joao Cancelo move the opposite way to Manchester City. He will reunite with five-time Balon d'Or winner Ronaldo at the Allianz Stadium, having previously won two Champions League titles together at Madrid.
Dybala skips Juventus checkup as Lukaku agrees €9m annual contract
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Dybala skips Juventus checkup as Lukaku agrees €9m annual contract

The Argentine was due to speak to Maurizio Sarri on Thursday although that didn't happen, while the Belgian is stepping up his exit from Old Trafford Paulo Dybala will not take a routine medical at Juventus on Friday and has not returned to their Continassa training headquarters as talk of a move away from Turin gathers pace. And the player that Juventus want to swap Dybala for, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, has agreed terms with the Bianconeri in a deal that will be worth €9 million (£8m/$10m) a year, sources tell Goal. Another part of the puzzle for the sensational swap deal is Dybala’s wages in Manchester, with the Argentina international desiring a significant pay increase from his current €7.5m-per-year deal in Italy.
Premier League title push is in Chelsea hands – Azpilicueta
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Premier League title push is in Chelsea hands – Azpilicueta

The Spanish defender says that the squad is closing in on the standard expected by manager Frank Lampard and is targeting Liverpool and Man City Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta says that the Blues are capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season, despite finishing 26 points behind winners Manchester City last term and being in the grip of a transfer embargo. It was a relatively disappointing campaign for the Stamford Bridge side domestically as they ended trophyless, and although they won the Europa League, endured a season of turmoil under Maurizio Sarri. With the Italian departing for Juventus this summer, Frank Lampard has taken over the coaching reins at a club where he is the all-time leading scorer, and Azpilicueta is bullish about the team’s chances in t...
‘He has to consider his options’ – Rugani agent hints at Juventus exit
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‘He has to consider his options’ – Rugani agent hints at Juventus exit

Four months after signing a new long-term deal with the Old Lady, the defender's agent has confirmed that he could be on the way out of Turin Daniele Rugani's agent has confirmed the Juventus defender is considering his options after falling further down the pecking order. The 24-year-old started 19 matches in all competitions last season, but opportunities are expected to be even harder to come by next season following the recent arrivals of defensive pair Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral. Roma and AC Milan have both been linked with Rugani, who has previously worked under new head coach Maurizio Sarri at Empoli, and the Italy international's agent has discussed the possibility of a move away from Turin.
Chelsea midfielder Baker set for Fortuna Dusseldorf loan spell
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Chelsea midfielder Baker set for Fortuna Dusseldorf loan spell

The 24-year-old, who spent temporary spells with Leeds and Reading last season, heads to the Bundesliga outfit for the 2019-20 campaign Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker has joined Fortuna Dusseldorf on a season-long loan, joining Ethan Ampadu as the latest face deemed surplus to requirements under new manager Frank Lampard. The 24-year-old spent the 2018-19 campaign away from Stamford Bridge with two different temporary spells, spending time in the Championship with both Leeds and Reading. The Blues are currently contending with a transfer ban, leaving Lampard, who succeeded Maurizio Sarri in the hot seat at the London club following the Italian's exit, with limited options in his first season in charge.
We all believe in Lampard’s quality’ – Giroud
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We all believe in Lampard’s quality’ – Giroud

The French striker is confident new coach Frank Lampard can get the most out the players available to him, with Chelsea under a transfer ban Frank Lampard is the perfect choice as Chelsea coach while they are operating under a transfer ban, according to striker Olivier Giroud. The 41-year-old was appointed as Maurizio Sarri's successor on a three-year deal last week. Chelsea are currently unable to register any new players because of a two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA - which they have appealed through the Court of Arbitration of Sport - but Giroud insisted iconic former midfielder Lampard can get the best out of the players already available to him - including the younger members in the squad.
‘Slow’ Chelsea had no solutions on Lampard’s managerial bow, says Hasselbaink
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‘Slow’ Chelsea had no solutions on Lampard’s managerial bow, says Hasselbaink

The Chelsea job is just the second managerial posting of the 41-year-old’s career after he leads Derby to the Championship play-off final in May Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was critical of his old club as they made a slow, sluggish start to life under new manager Frank Lampard. The Blues played a doleful 1-1 draw with League of Ireland side Bohemians in their first pre-season match of the summer on Wednesday, the first game at the helm for the club’s record goalscorer since he joined from Derby County. Lampard replaced outgoing boss Maurizio Sarri after the Italian left for Serie A champions Juventus following a single season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri Identifies Top Premier League Defender for Juventus
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Sarri Identifies Top Premier League Defender for Juventus

Juventus boss, Maurizio Sarri has identified Tottenham defender, Kieran Trippier, as one of the players he will be taking from the Premier League this summer. The Italian is interested in signing the England defender, according to Italian sports journalist, Aurelio Capaldi. “Sarri began to appreciate him in the Premier League, so Trippier is an option,” Capaldi told the Transfer Window Podcast. “He’s very happy if the club manages to sign him. “Sarri believes Juventus really needs offensive people on the sides and wants to make things happen.”
Hudson-Odoi closes in on new Chelsea deal after Lampard talks
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Hudson-Odoi closes in on new Chelsea deal after Lampard talks

The wonderkid is ready to sign a new deal after meeting with the new manager and getting assurances that he will play once he returns from injury Frank Lampard has spoken with Callum Hudson-Odoi to try to keep him at Chelsea and a deal is now believed to be close as the youngster has increasingly become convinced that his dreams can be realized at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have been trying to convince Hudson-Odoi to sign a new five-year deal for over a year since his pre-season breakthrough under Maurizio Sarri's early time at the club. However, the chances to play were slim in the first six months leading to disillusionment over his future and Bayern Munich quickly emerged as front runners from a group of elite clubs.
Drogba and Essien “proud” to see Lampard back at Chelsea
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Drogba and Essien “proud” to see Lampard back at Chelsea

The African legends have reacted to the appointment of their ex-teammate as the new manager at Stamford Bridge Didier Drogba and Michael Essien have sent their best wishes to Frank Lampard following his appointment as the new Chelsea boss. Lampard returned to London on Thursday to succeed Maurizio Sarri at the helm after the Italian coach left for Juventus last month. After a fine managerial stint at Derby County, the Blues approached the 41-year-old to take over at Stamford Bridge and he has agreed on a three-year deal.

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