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Q&A: Juventini talking over Verona game, Chiellini and latest performances

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Juventus supporters from Twitter, @blvckgianni, @Napoleonismo & @AdamoStatman, shared their insights on significant Bianconeri related themes – the display of the debutants, Denis Zakaria and Dusan Vlavic, Giorgio Chiellini’s injury and the performances of Juve’s players vs Verona – in an interview below.

Both Dusan Vlahovic and Denis Zakaria made a remarkable debut vs Verona on Sunday by scoring a goal on their opening night.

Other than being clinical, based on what you saw, what are their next attributes that could keep bringing Juve to the next level night in and night out, in your eyes?

@blvckgianni: “Starting with Zakaria, his best attributes that he brings to Juve are his defensive capabilities. While it was nice to see him get on the scoresheet, Bianconeri shouldn’t get used to it because he is, after all, a defensive midfielder. His best attribute will be playing above the defence which will allow Locatelli to play higher up the pitch in what I believe to be his better position. As for Vlahovic, the best attribute he brings to Juve is his athleticism. He is able to find pockets of space and make intelligent runs in order to put himself into goal scoring opportunities, he is also a true aerial treat which means Juve can have a true target man again. He is also phenomenal at free kicks and almost perfect at converting penalties.”

@Napoleonismo: “Vlahovic looks like he has the right attitude, he looks hungry for titles, and gives me Ronaldo vibes. He is also significantly better than Morata in the air and more aggressive. Zakaria, on the other hand, adds muscle and is a really good ball winner, decent passer too, presence on the opponents’ box… Top midfielder if Allegri uses him rightly (25% chance of that happening).”

@AdamoStatman: “I have been analyzing Dusan Vlahovic pretty much every day for a year now he has basically come as advertised. He is a beast. Physically, no one can compare with him in Europe. I mean, there is maybe just a couple of guys that play in his position that possess his strength and his one-touch skill. So, yes, for Juventus, he is going to bring this edge night in and night out. For about two years now, this is what he has been training for. Vlahovic knew he was coming to Juventus or a top club once his contract expired with Fiorentina. He has been working with nutritionists, trainers, working really hard in the gym because he has that same mentality as Cristiano Ronaldo. He just wants to win and be the best and he will sacrifice everything to accomplish that goal. The goal is also winning trophies and winning the highest trophy of them all, of course, the UEFA Champions League, at Juventus. Plus, he aims to be the best player in the world at his position, so that alone can only help keep bringing Juve to the next level night in and night out. He is going to be the guy. He has the right motivation. With Denis Zakaria, it is a little bit different, it looked like he was playing in a 4-4-2 when he was playing on the wing there, but that is not his usual place. I watched him play a lot when he was in Germany at Borussia Mönchengladbach, and he was more of a box-to-box midfielder, so in his goal situation, he knew when to make the run when receiving a pass from Morata. That confirmed what I saw in Germany. He is a box-to-box player. Also, he is fantastic at making tackles. Depending on where Allegri puts him on the pitch, we will either see his tackling ability more or less. When playing more on the side where Allegri put him vs Verona, we won’t see much of that defensive Zakaria’s side.”

Reports say that Giorgio Chiellini will most likely be unavailable for approximately 20 days. His calf problem is more serious than how we originally presumed.

That said, are you afraid this might start another tough period (injury-wise) for Juve’s captain? After all, it seemed he might be closer than ever to the end of his career, just in the time when he was struggling with injuries.

@blvckgianni: “Unfortunately, at this stage in Chiellini’s career and with his most recent trajectory, it’s almost as if we should expect him to get injured. It sucks, but it’s the unfortunate truth that we can no longer rely on him to stay fit and have to play him sparingly in order to ensure he is fit for the biggest matches because when fit he is still, in my eyes, one of the best defenders in Italy.”

@Napoleonismo: “He has been constantly injured these last 3 years and should retire like Barzagli did. You can’t have a CB that is fit for 3 games every season, even if you pay him almost nothing. Hoping he doesn’t turn into Buffon 2.0.”

@AdamoStatman: “When we talk about captain Chiellini and his calf, I think at this point, it is almost chronic. This is not something that just came out of nowhere. It has been happening quite a bit, especially with that calf. At his age, it is chronic, so he will be out for about 20 days, but I would not be surprised if the same thing happened again when he came back. It is too bad we don’t have Gatti right now because we could have used him. Thank God, Bonucci came back, and Daniele Rugani seems to be in a better form of late, so maybe we can rely on those two players rotating in and out with Mathijjs de Ligt. That is gonna have to do for now. Hopefully, when Chiellini comes back, we just use him sparingly. One important match here and there, specifically in the UCL.”

Many Juventus fans had different feelings about the home game vs Verona. And yet, most of them agreed on the fact that the three points were crucial and that it was a comfortable win thanks to overall good team performance.

Nevertheless, could you please choose two players (other than the debutants) that you personally found the best and say why?

@blvckgianni: “The MOTM to me was undoubtedly Zakaria, but if I have to choose two players who were not the debutants, I would select Morata and Dybala. Playing in a new role, Morata was seemingly unlocked. I have long been a fan of Morata and find him criminally underrated (aside from his finishing which I don’t deny needs work, to say the least) but he has always been a complete striker who helps in defending and playmaking. This was on full display on Sunday as he was the player who created the most chances as well as having 4 recoveries and 2 tackles on top of his assist. The second player I found to be the best was Dybala. The ‘man of the first half’ was undoubtedly Paulo. As is the case with most games this season, Paulo was everywhere and running the show for the Bianconeri. The Argentinian was once again pulling the strings and orchestrating the Juventus attack like he routinely does before setting up Vlahovic with an incredible ball to provide an assist on the opener. Juventus priority has to be to extend him, especially with the uncertainty of Morata’s future up in the air.”

@Napoleonismo: “Arthur and De Sciglio, Juve’s two best players in 2022. They are essential to the team and should always start, especially ahead of nobodies like Danilo/Cuadrado and McKennie/Rabiot. De Sciglio’s crossing has been phenomenal, 2002 Beckham wise, and has also been really decent on defense. Arthur, meanwhile, controls the tempo of the game, he is Juve’s best passer, and makes everyone play better.”

@AdamoStatman: “For me, the game of Morata was top. I hope this is what we are going to see from Morata. He can play at that position. Given place, he can have great runs with the ball. Maybe now that they have to keep an eye on a player like Vlahovic, it could give a bit more space to Morata that can be deadly with enough space. So yeah, for me, Morata was obviously the best player on the pitch besides Vlahovic. I would maybe even put him ahead of the second goal scorer Zakaria. After Alvaro, we can talk about Paulo Dybala, who had the incident coming off the pitch, had a beautiful assist, which took perfect touch and class, and that’s what Dybala can possess. When you are playing a game when one or two goals provide the difference, Dybala can bring it by one play here and there and just anytime he can make a play. That assist alone has to make him the second-best after Morata vs Verona. Also, De Sciglio does not play outside of himself and knows what he can do. He is comfortable, and I am starting to like his game too. He stays in his comfort zone. Lately, he seems to be playing with a lot of confidence because of that.”

Huge thanks to the 3 Juventus fans,  @blvckgianni, @Napoleonismo & @AdamoStatman, for dedicating their time to answer my questions. Do not forget to drop them a follow and remember to stay tuned for similar Q&A’s at Max Statman.

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Exclusive interview with Mirko Di Natale on Milinković-Savić saga, Chiesa and Vlahovic future — incomings, departures and more

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In an exclusive interview with Mirko Di Natale, a prominent journalist at Tuttojuve, we had the opportunity to delve into the pressing questions surrounding Juventus.

With the transfer market in full swing, fans are eagerly seeking updates on various players and potential targets.

From the potential involvement of Nicolo Rovella in the Milinković-Savić deal to the uncertain futures of Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa, there is much to discuss.

Additionally, the absence of Parisi from Juventus’ radar and the chances of Nicolo Zaniolo joining the club this summer have also piqued curiosity.

Furthermore, the situations of McKennie, Zakaria, and Arthur, who are reportedly likely to leave, are of great interest.

Lastly, the futures of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Cambiaso, and Kenan Yildiz at Juventus are subjects that demand attention.

Let’s delve into these questions and gain insights from Mirko Di Natale, a trusted source in the world of Juventus reporting.

1. Milinković-Savić is a hot topic at the moment, my concern is if Nicolo Rovella is involved in the deal. What’s the actual situation for this saga?

“Milinkovic-Savic is a player that Juve will always like. And he’s one of Allegri’s dreams. I’m working to understand if there will be a meeting next week with Lazio to talk about him. What I can say for sure is that Juventus have already had an agreement with their agent for some time now.”

2. Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa future remains uncertain, what’s the plan for them?

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“Chiesa and Vlahovic weren’t happy with last season. There are many rumors around them, but neither of them – today – officially communicated to the club their intention to leave Juventus. For Juventus, they are two very important players, but if both or one of them ask to leave and there’s a big offer, then negotiations can start. On the contrary, they’ll stay in Torino.”

3. Juventus are missing out on Parisi and what are other Juventus targets this transfer market?

“Parisi is on standby, Juve spoke about him with Empoli but there have been no more meetings. Juventus are still on Parisi, the answer is yes. But many clubs want Parisi, not just Juve. Juventus are thinking about transfers, then they will think about signings.”

4. Nicolo Zaniolo is still a Juventus target? What’s the chances for him arriving this summer?

“Zaniolo, as he himself said, would like to go to Juventus. There are no negotiations with Galatasaray, there has been some contact to talk about other players as well.”

5. What’s the current situation on McKennie, Zakaria and Arthur who have reportedly likely to leave?

“The situation is very clear, they are three players who are no longer part of Juventus’ plans. Zakaria is very close to West Ham, there is optimism to close this deal well. Many clubs like McKennie, but so does Arthur there are no negotiations yet. With one difference: some good offers may come for McKennie, for Arthur it will be more difficult for me. Pastorello will have to do a great job.”

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6. Then finally, what about Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Cambiaso and Kenan Yildiz future at Juventus?

“Bonucci wants to stay at Juve, but he earns a lot. I’m following the possibility of his possible farewell, but nothing concrete yet today. Cambiaso will start retiring, there are some requests from him for a loan (Bologna). Juve will evaluate his situation in the coming weeks. Yildiz will remain, he is non-transferable.”

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Exclusive interview with Fabiana Della Valle on Juventus punishments, Vlahovic’s future, Rabiot and Di Maria latest plus more

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Max Statman and Forza Juventus’s Max Aimé-Thierry sit down with La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Fabiana Della Valle, one of the most reliable journalists when it comes to Juventus, to talk about the Bianconeri.

Fabiana Della Valle said that Juventus are confident that the penalty of 15 points will be removed, and confirmed that Dusan Vlahovic is among the players who could leave Juventus in the summer if it doesn’t make the top four in Serie A.

She also said that it’s too early to talk about Massimiliano Allegri’s future, while Juventus hope to sell Denins Zakaria next summer, plus more as found below:

What do you think of Juventus’ punishment? Your personal opinion.

I am amazed that such a strong sanction has been reached and I am curious to read the reasons. In general, I think it would be fairer to punish the club with fines and bans on managers without penalizing the players and fans.

What are the sensations within Juventus after the club’s punishment?

There is the conviction of having suffered an injustice but also the confidence of being able to overturn the sentence.

Something about Allegri’s future after reports of possible contract terminations or renewals?

I think it’s too early to talk about it. He’s solid right now, but a lot will depend on how the Juventus season ends.

Which big names do you think could leave Juventus in the summer, especially if they fail to make the top four?

Rabiot for sure, which is expiring, Cuadrado and Alex Sandro will not renew. Without Champions Dusan Vlahovic could be tempted by the Premier.

Latest updates on Adrien Rabiot’s contract extension and other possible departures..

It will be hard to keep him, especially now. Juve may have a chance if there are no big offers for him. I believe that Di Maria will return to Argentina at the end of the season and that Paredes will not be redeemed.

Will Arek Milik be a regular Juventus player in the summer?

In his case, the redemption is a bargain (€7 million) and I think Juventus will keep him, also because they are doing very well.

Denis Zakaria had some good performances at Chelsea. What are the chances that they will trigger the release clause?

The possibilities are there and Juventus are hoping for it because a sale will be inevitable in June.

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No contact between Juventus and Luis Enrique

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There’s no contact between Juventus and coach Luis Enrique, Max Statman was told by transfer expert Nicolò Schira. The Spanish coach left his position at the Spanish National Team this morning after a disappointing World Cup exit against Morocco.

Massimiliano Allegri’s return to Juventus hasn’t been a big success yet. The Bianconeri started the season poorly and even crashed out of the Champions League in a group with PSG, Benfica and Maccabi Haifa. Before the World Cup break, Juventus climbed the league table and managed to secure 3rd place after a run of good results. Still, Allegri’ spot wasn’t the most secure one in the world.

Many Juventus supporters opted for replacing the Italian coach with Luis Enrique. The ex-Barcelona coach announced that he would be leaving the Spanish National Team on Thursday morning, but there’s no signs of Enrique joining Juventus, Nicolò Schira said. According to him, Enrique is in contact with Atletico Madrid to become Diego Simeone’s successor.

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