The Turin club’s come-from-behind 3-2 win over Fiorentina on Wednesday, in which Carlos Tevez scored twice, was not enough for Juventus to be crowned champions in front of their own fans because nearest rivals Lazio thumped Parma 4-0.
The 22-year-old starhas been out of action since mid-March due to a torn thigh muscle and is not expected to return to first team training until May 6, the day after the first leg tie in Turin .
A statement released by Juventus on Thursday read:
“The MRI scan taken by Paul Pogba this afternoon revealed that the player has made further progress in his recovery from a torn thigh muscle.
Napoli entered the game full of confidence after winning their last three matches to increase the pressure on Roma in the battle for Champions League qualification but defeat in Tuscany a day after Rudi Garcia’s side beat Sassuolo 3-0 has left Napoli five points adrift of the top three with five games left.
Empoli had gone four games without a win but took the lead at the Carlo Castellani stadium through an early Massimo Maccarone strike and doubled their advantage in comical fashion just before the interval.
Inter Milan moved back into the hunt for a place in Europe next season and dented Roma’s Champions League hopes with a 2-1 win at the San Siro on Saturday evening. The victory took Inter ahead of city rivals AC Milan and within four points of sixth-placed Fiorentina. Udinese earlier on Saturday delivered a potentially knockout blow to AC Milan’s Europa League dreams by beating the Rossoneri 2-1.
Hernanes gave the Nerazzurri the lead after 15 minutes but Radja Nainggolan’s equaliser looked like it would be enough to earn Roma their 11th draw in their last 15 games.
AC Milan have reported a loss of €91.28 million for 2014, the highest in the history of the soccer club. What has to worry Milan fans is that the continuing to widen significantly.
In 2012 the club lost €6.86 million. In 2013 that loss had grown to €15.7 million and then rocketed to €91.28 million as the performance on the pitch match the financial results off it. Over the last ten years (2005-2014), AC Milan has accumulated net losses of €361 million – posting a profit only one year, in 2006 (€2.48 million).
Dybala is one of the hottest properties on the transfer market and has also been linked with a move abroad to Arsenal.
“For the moment he is worth €40m, but with a few more performances of the standard he’s had recently and even €50m might not be enough,” Zamparini told portaleuncuoreromanista.it.
“[Roma director Walter] Sabatini is very interested in the player. Naturally he has difficulties discussing the transfer strategy at this time, but I reminded him Roma have a very important bank behind them like Unicredit.
Holders Sevilla will take on Fiorentina for a place in this season’s UEFA Europa League final. Sevilla are bidding to become the first team to lift the trophy four times. They are currently alongside Juventus, Inter Milan and Liverpool on three.
Fiorentina overcame Tottenham, Roma and Dynamo Kiev en route to the last four and have home advantage for the second leg.
The other tie sees Rafael Benitez’s Napoli take on Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine for a place in the Warsaw final, which takes place on 27 May. This will be Dnipro’s first UEFA competition semi-final: they lost two previous European Cup quarter-finals.
With a 15-point lead on Lazio and Roma and seven games remaining, Juventus already have one hand on what will be their fourth consecutive scudetto. But they can make the Italian league title mathematically safe if they beat Torino away in the city derby and both Lazio and Roma lose their games, at home to Chievo and away to Inter Milan respectively. That would leave Juventus 18 points clear of the pack with six games remaining but the Turin giants could not be caught by Lazio and Roma because they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker on both capital sides.
Juventus were handed the best Champions League draw they could have been given, as they will face holders Real Madrid in the semi-finals. In the other tie, Pep Guardiola will come face-to face with his former club when Bayern Munich meet Barcelona.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side secured their place in the last four by sneaking past city rivals Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, thanks to Javier Hernandez’s last-gasp decider. That saw Real through to the semi-finals for a fifth year in a row, although Juventus will look to halt their quest to become the first side to retain the Champions League.
Carlos Tevez has rocked Juventus by revealing that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season and return to Argentina. The striker has always made clear that he hopes to finish his career at Boca Juniors in Argentina, but the move was not expected so soon.
Tevez is under contract through the end of next season but according to reports in Italy he has told the club’s hierarchy he wants to leave this summer.
However, Italian paper Corriere della Sera insist that the club will not stand in Tevez’s way, and that they have simply asked him to give his all until June.