Following his side’s lackluster 1-0 victory over relegation-challenged Genoa, Juventus manager spoke to Premium Sport about the match.
“The final could be better managed, but we were a little tired,” he said. “But we did not give the opponents any chance. The goal was to take home the victory. We were successful because of everyone’s participation, especially in the final minutes, when a bit of tiredness took over due to the weekly work.”
He was asked about Maurizio Sarri’s complaint that the schedule favors Juventus. Sarri complained that Juventus always plays after them, which, he claims, gives them an advantage since they know Napoli’s results. “The games must be played and that’s it. I do not need to reply to Sarri. They bring me the calendar, I watch the games and we play them, period.”
The interviewer asked about his thoughts on Gonzalo Higuain’s performance. “Mandzukic and Higuain played well, sacrificing for the team, but all the boys must be complimented. It was important to win, and not to lose our winning habit after the break, and stay in the wake of Napoli.”
Real Madrid made a triumphant return to form in La Liga as they demolished Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 on Sunday.
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Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo La Coruna
Nacho 32, 88, Bale 42, 58, Modric 68, Ronaldo 78, 84 (RM) Adrian 23 (D)
Real Madrid: Keylor; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Modric (Kovacic 76), Casemiro, Kroos; Bale (Vazquez 82), Mayoral (Benzema 64), Ronaldo
Deportivo La Coruna: Ruben; Juanfran, Schar, One, Luisinho; Guilherme, Mosquera (Exposito 48), Borges (Emre 54); Lucas, Andone (Gil 79), Adrian
Referee: Fernandez Borbalan
Benevento have a deal with with Rangers for Bruno Alves, but the Portugal international still needs to agree personal terms.
According to Sky Sport Italia, the two clubs have already managed to reach an agreement on the transfer, just six months after he came to Glasgow.
More negotiations are expected on Sunday, at which point Bruno Alves will give his response.
It’d be a return to Serie A for the 36-year-old defender, who spent last season at Cagliari and joined Rangers as a free agent in July.
Santos had hoped to announce the return of Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa from Inter today, but it was postponed by red tape.
The striker was sold for €29.5m in the summer of 2016, but never received a single Serie A start, while his loan at Benfica hasn’t gone any better.
A comeback to Brazil is all decided, with Gabigol taking a pay cut to help the loan with option to buy go through smoothly.
According to Globoesporte, Santos were planning to announce the transfer on Friday evening, but were delayed by red tape issues and missing documentation.
They are still confident that he’ll be in the stands on Monday so that he can be presented to the fans ahead of their Paulista Championship game against Bragantino.
Santos intend to pay approximately one quarter of Gabigol’s salary, leaving the rest to be covered by Inter.
Genoa and Sassuolo are ready to do battle for Las Palmas centre-back Mauricio Lemos.
According to Sky Sport Italia, the two Serie A sides are interested in the 22-year-old Uruguay international.
They are eager to sign Lemos on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
He joined Las Palmas from Rubin Kazan in January 2016 and completed the transfer for €2m.
After having snapped up Argentine defender Lisandro Lopez on loan from Benfica, Inter are looking to strenghten the other departments of their squad.
As reported previously the Nerazzurri are currently locked down in negotiations with Barcelona for Rafinha as well as with Jiangsu Suning over former Chelsea player Ramires with Lyon’s Grenier on standby should any of those two negotiations not be concluded.
So now the Nerazzurri turn to their attack and according to several reports in the UK they are looking at Liverpool’s English international Daniel Sturridge. The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker has no played since December 6th due to an injury but before then he has scored thrice in 14 appearances across all competitions this season. Given Inter’s financial restrictions the Nerazzurri are looking to make a loan offer for Sturridge but it is unlikely that Liverpool will accept.
Andrea Belotti has had a negative year to date with Torino as he has been injured a lot. Mihajlovic is now gone as there have been reports of tension between Belotti and team owner Urbano Cairo. Here is what he had to say on the matter as he wrote a comment on his Instagram account: ” Tension between me and Cairo? This is totally false and absurd!”.
Lisandro Lopez was spotted at the airport taking a flight to Milan, where he should undergo a medical with Inter tomorrow.
Portuguese paper Record claims the Benfica defender was seen embarking on a flight to Milan.
He is expected to have a medical tomorrow before signing the loan deal.
Inter should pay €0.5m for the six-month loan spell, with an option to buy outright for another €9m.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has called for the introduction of VAR in the Premier League following the “injustice” of his side’s 2-2 draw with Watford.
The Saints were denied all three points at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon due to a late Abdoulaye Doucoure goal, which was scored via the French midfielder’s hand.
Video assistant referees are being trialled in domestic cup competitions over the next few months, beginning with the FA Cup third-round tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace earlier this week, but a frustrated Pellegrino now wants to see it rolled out in the English top flight.
“For sure [we should have won] but football is like this sometimes, small details change everything,” he told BBC Sport. “We are very sad but we have to accept the rules. It’s part of football.
“I never see this type of mistake in the Premier League before. To live [with] this injustice is really hard. I think we have to try [VAR] and analyse if it’s possible to help the sport to make better decisions, even for the referee.”
Southampton, who had earlier led 2-0 in Hertfordshire, return to action next Sunday with a home match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Bologna defender Sebastien De Maio is reportedly on the verge of moving to Sassuolo.
The 30-year-old centre-back only joined Bologna from RSC Anderlecht in July for €2m, but has found playing time difficult to come by.
He has made 11 appearances this season between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.
According to Sportitalia, De Maio is ready to move from Bologna to Sassuolo this month, on loan with obligation to buy at the end of the season.
The Frenchman is effectively a replacement for Paolo Cannavaro, who retired in order to join brother Fabio at the Guangzhou Evergrande coaching staff.
He had also been linked with a return to his old club Genoa, where he played from 2013 to 2016, Stoke City and Crystal Palace.