Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri insists “it’s motivating to be in a title race to the very end” with Inter and Lazio, so Brescia cannot be taken for granted, as he replies to Jurgen Klopp’s suggestion.
“It was clear from the very start that this would be a different type of season. I think it’s motivating to be in a title race to the very end, so I feel we have to feed from this situation,” said the coach in his press conference.
Inter and Lazio go head-to-head on Sunday evening, so will that be the decisive moment for the Scudetto?
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Paul Pogba wants to return to Juventus. He wants it with strength, with all of himself. Since September the Manchester United midfielder has been sending out clear signals, acknowledged by the Juventus management which has understood perfectly that they have the total appreciation of the Frenchman.
Yes, Pogba wants to leave Manchester United where the relationship with the whole United environment is increasingly flawed and he is pushing to be freed in the summer, only one year before the expiration of his contract (June 2021).
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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has warned many of the team’s stars they face being axed from the club if performances do not improve after visiting the Continassa training centre.
The Binaconeri slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at Hellas Verona on Saturday, allowing title rivals Inter Milan to return to the Serie A summit following victory in the Milan derby the following day.
Agnelli knows how to be an excellent mental coach and has spoken with Juve’s key stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini, Matthijs de Ligt, Gianluigi Buffon and also under-pressure boss Maurizio Sarri.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has accused his AC Milan team-mates of lacking belief and energy after they conceded four goals in the second half of the Milan derby and tossed away a 2-0 half-time against arch rivals Inter.
Influential striker Ibrahimovic set up Ante Rebic’s 40th minute opener and then scored himself seconds before the interval as his side belied their midtable position to look in control against the Serie A title chasers.
Their lead evaporated within eight minutes of the restart as Marcelo Brozovic and Matias Vecino drew Inter level before Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku sealed victory, leading Ibrahimovic at a loss to understand the collapse.
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Inter Milan head coach Antonio Conte said that his side ‘proved they have great strength and guts’ after they came from two goals down to beat rivals AC Milan 4-2.
Conte’s team are top of Serie A, where they are level on points with Juventus, but they had to fight back after AC Milan established a two-goal lead courtesy of efforts from Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Inter showed tremendous spirit to take all three points, with Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku all scoring, much to Conte’s delight.
Afterwards Conte said:
It says a lot for Juventus that being on equal points at the top of the league is considered a crisis, but this is a Defcon level that Maurizio Sarri signed up for when he took over in the summer.
They are relentless winners in Italy and anything less is unacceptable. A shock defeat to Hellas Verona on Saturday night was bad enough. Inter Milan’s victory over AC Milan on Sunday made it so much worse as Juve dropped down to second.
The cracks have started to appear for Sarri’s regime and there are already suggestions Massimiliano Allegri could be brought back to take charge again.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini says his side will play attractive football.
“We might have won four World Cups in the Italian way, but the days of playing counter-attacking football are over.”
Mancio was speaking as a guest at an event hosted in the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa and spoke on an array of topics. Asked about the identity for his Italy side, Mancini states that the old way of doing things are finished.
“I like offensive football, I know we have won four World Cups playing in the Italian way, but I think we can play more offensive football today,” Mancini told journalist Marco Ansaldo.
Sporting director Igli Tare has claimed Lazio “deserve” their position in Serie A, but admitted “it’s too early” to talk about the Scudetto.
The Biancocelesti are currently third in the League, two points behind Inter Milan with a game in hand, and are on an unbeaten run of 16 games in Serie A.
The sporting director has encouraged the players to keep “the positive energy” around the place, but admitted they are sticking to their main objective from the start of the season.
Torino have sacked manager Walter Mazzarri after seeing the side collapse against Lecce. A 4-0 defeat to the Serie A minnows proved to be the final straw for the club’s board and Mazzarri was axed on Tuesday, swiftly replace by youth boss Moreno Longo until the end of the season.
Four successive defeats, including a 7-0 loss to Atalanta as well as exit from the Coppa Italia by AC Milan, saw Mazzarri’s position become untenable and the club confirmed his sacking on Tuesday afternoon.
Daniel Maldini relished his ‘dream come true’ debut as he became the third generation of his family to play for AC Milan.
His legendary father Paolo and grandfather Cesare have both gone down in club folklore and Daniel will hope to follow in their footsteps having come off the bench in stoppage time against Hellas Verona.
With the scores at 1-1, the 17-year-old could not help his side find a late winner but reflected on a significant day for himself and the Maldini family.
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