Daniel Alves pushed to return to Barcelona last month
Juventus fullback Daniel Alves pushed to return to Barcelona last month, it has been revealed. According to El Mundo Deportivo, the 33-year-old defender contacted Barcelona directors during January transfer window about a return when learning they were concerned about their fullback options. Having only made the move last summer, Alves has struggled to settle in Turin and has battled with injury. The La Liga side chiefs thanked Alves for his offer, but assured him he was not needed and that it was best for both parties to continue their separate paths. This revelation came just a day after Alves took aim at Barca's board over the way his departure was handled.
Juventus want to sign Arsenal striker
Juventus have the spending power to land Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez. According to London sources, the 28-year-old forward has decided to leave Arsenal at the end of this season. TMW Radio says the Serie A titleholders are likely to only move for Alexis should they sell a striker this summer. But they have the finances and ambition to tempt the Chilean to Turin. Alexis has also been scouted by Real Madrid in a swap for Alvaro Morata.
Bonucci problems resolved as he apologized to Allegri
Leonardo Bonucci has been linked with moves with Manchester City and Chelsea in the morning papers after being dropped for Juventus's 2-0 first-leg Champions League victory in their Round of 16 tie against Porto. Bonucci had an argument with Massimiliano Allegri towards the end of the Old Lady's 4-1 Serie A win over Palermo on Friday evening. However, all seems well between the pair now. "It's a shame that we had the incident on Friday," he said. "These are things that happen during the season, I'll go as far as thanking him for raising the emotional tension. "But Leo has apologized and everything has been resolved."
FC Porto 0 : 2 Juventus – All goals and Highlights
Champions League Final Stage 1/8, Season 2016/2017 - FC Porto 0 : 2 Juventus - All goals and Highlights Half Time finished with scoreline 0:0 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 0:2
Porto vs Juventus. Preview & Prediction
Champions league has prepared some tasty food for the fans today. After watching goal-fest matches in all matchdays, expectations from today’s games are high, too. Porto will host Juventus at the Estadio do Dragao in their pursuit of going through to the next round. Both teams are in incredible form and have confidently won their latest matches at the local championships. Porto is still in the race for the Liga NOS leadership as they are still 1 point away from the first place that is occupied by Benfica. However, they managed to cut the gap in recent weeks as the Eagles lost once and tied another match. Juventus, from their side, haven’t lost for a while, too. Massimiliano Allegri’s men have won their latest 7 matches after losing to Fiorentina on January 15. In their most recent clash, Juventus defeated Palermo with an incredible display. Both teams have a good run in Champions League, too. The Old Lady qualified from the first place after winning 4 of their 6 matches and drawing the two others. Porto were the second in the group G as they won 3 games, drew 2 matches and lost for one occasion. It resulted in them staying behind Leicester. Team News Porto have no missing players, as Nuno can use all of his players against Juventus. Porto will most probably use their favorite playing scheme of 4-1-3-2 which they have been practicing in the previous games of the tournament. However, two players are in danger of missing the next game if they receive a booking today. Andre Silva and Felipe have to be cautious with their actions on the field. Juventus are expected to play with the formation 4-2-3-1 that was used in their recent matches. Two players are still risking to miss today’s game, as Giorgio Chiellini has a slight injury while Leonardo Bonucci may not be involved in today’s action after the bust-up with Max Allegri at the weekend. Mario Mandzukic is back to the team after missing the Palermo game due to a suspension. Head to head These two teams met in 2001 last time and played two games against each other. The match in Portugal ended with a goalless draw while Juventus took the victory in Italy, winning the game with 3 goals to 1. Also, Juventus beat Porto 2-1 in the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup final. It’s worth mentioning that Gianluigi Buffon is the only player that has taken part in games of 2001 and will feature today. Attempting to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the sixth time, the Dragons are unbeaten in their last seven (W3 D4) home encounters with Italian visitors. Their last encounter with a Portuguese Liga club for Juventus came in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League semi-finals, when they drew 0-0 at home to SL Benfica having lost the Lisbon first leg 2-1 – denying them a place in the final at their own Juventus Stadium. Possible lineups Porto – Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Felipe, Marcano, Telles, Danilo, Corona, Torres, Brahimi, Jota, Silva Juventus – Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Chiellini, Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain Prediction Making predictions for Champions League matches has become a matter of luck and it’s really hard to foresee the possible outcome of the match. However, after watching matches with lots of goals and emotions, I think, that the game will have a different character today, and both teams will try to make fewer mistakes. It will directly affect the number of goals. Juventus have a slight edge of grabbing the victory and they may either win the game 1-2 or a 1-1 draw can happen. I will go for “Both teams to score” with odds 2.02 at Vbet.com
Isco thinks about leaving Real Madrid
Isco is willing to leave Real Madrid this summer, reports Marca. The Spain international is happy at the Bernabeu but he has not established himself as a key first-team player during three-and-a-half-year spell in the Spanish capital. As such, his representatives have informed the Spaniard's suitors that he would be willing to accept a good offer to leave the European champions this summer. Isco is out of contract in 2018 and Real Madrid have yet to reach an agreement with the playmaker over a new deal. The club are aware that they will have to sell him this summer if they cannot agree a new deal as they face the prospect of losing him on a free transfer next year. Manchester City, who are long-term admirers of Isco, have shown a lot of interest in him of late, while Chelsea, who are also interested, have met with an intermediary. Juventus are keen too, but the player would prefer to move to the Premier League.
Dani Alves opens up reasons of his Barcelona departure
Juventus right-back Daniel Alves has spoken to the Spanish newspaper ABC, revealing some shocking details of his Barcelona career and the reasons of leaving the club. "I like it when people love me. If they don't want me to be with them, I am leaving. It was a big lesson for me when I left Barcelona as a free agent. During my last year at the club I was just hearing that "Alves is going to leave". However, the directors didn't talk to me. They were wrong and disrespectful to me. They didn't respect me at all. They offered me a new contract only after FIFA transfer ban was imposed. It was then when I signed that new deal. Barcelona's current leaders don't understand how to treat their players," Alves said.
Juventus push Emre Can to demand a transfer at Liverpool
Juventus are pushing Emre Can to demand a transfer at Liverpool. According to TMW, the 23-year-old midfielder is a top summer target for Juve. The Serie A titleholders head coach Massimiliano Allegri is already plotting for next season as he looks to strengthen his team into an outfit capable of winning the Champions League. And Can is on Allegri's shopping list. Juve are hopeful that they can put pressure on Can to quit Liverpool. The player's contract expires in the summer of 2018.
Roberto Baggio celebrates his 50th birthday (video)
Italy legend Roberto Baggio is celebrating his 50th birthday today, February 18, 2016. Exactly 50 years ago one of the greatest attacking midfielders of Italian football history was born. Roberto Baggio's senior career started in 1982 and had the glorious continuation until 2004, when he decided to quit playing football. His club honors count for two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and one UEFA Cup, playing for Milan and Juventus. He also won Ballon D'Or in 1993. Even though the Divine Ponytail (nickname he got for his hairstyle and Buddhist beliefs) did not win any international titles with his national team, the ones witnessing his play will never forget the magic he was creating on pitch. Here are some quotes about Roberto Baggio. He's without doubt the most skillful number ten in the modern game, the archetypal playmaker, if you like, who can create chances and score goals. Brian Laudrup, 1995 Roberto Baggio was the best player I ever played against; he made football look very easy. Matthew Lw Tissier, 2012 The angels sing in his legs. Aldo Agroppi, 2011
Casillas: Italian football won’t have another Buffon
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas shared his opinion about Juventus legend and currently its No. 1 Gianluigi Buffon. "I am lucky enough to be three years younger than Gigi. I was 14 when I started and he was 18; I was able to see and appreciate his style and personality," former Real Madrid keeper told UEFA.com. "I think Italian football won't have another goalkeeper like him. "He is a player who is known and admired all over the world and he is part of the history of this game," the 35-year-old added. Gianluigi Buffon is currently Italy international. He has been playing for Juventus since 2001 and for the Italian senior national team since 1997.