Juventus are back to back champions on Italy after picking up their 29th or 31st Scudetto title, while both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona had to put the champagne back on ice. Here is a roundup of all the weekend from the big leagues in Italy.
Juventus won the Serie A title finish with three games remaining thanks to a 1-0 win against Palermo. Needing just a point to be confirmed champions, Antonio Conte’s men retained their crown, and the club’s 29th overall, thanks to an Arturo Vidal penalty. Juventus claims 31 titles as they include the back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 that were later stripped of them and relegated to Serie B in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal. Read more... (411 words, 1 image, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)
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According to Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi will fire Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season, even if Allegri leads Milan into the Champions League.
Berlusconi has been at odds with Allegri since the summer and a leaked conversation over the weekend gave a glimpse into what the Milan patron really thinks about his manager.
“He sent away Pirlo and Pato.If he stays,he’ll send away others.Tactically he understands so few”
Milan fans disagree with their President and banners of suport for the man who led Milan to the Scudetto in his first season at Milan and they finished second a year later, could be seen at this weekend’s match against Catania. Read more... (348 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Three big battles this weekend in Spain, England and Italy that will have major impacts on who will be playing in the Champions League next season. Here is a look at those games:
England: Liverpool v Chelsea
Back on the top three following a 3-0 west London derby win at Fulham on Wednesday, Chelsea travel to Anfield for what will be their second of three away games in eight days. After taking on Liverpool, in seventh, the Blues journey to Basel next week for their Europa League semi-final opener. The match will be former Reds boss Rafa Benitez’s first appearance at Anfield, an ironic situation where he will be warmly welcomed by the home fans than the Chelsea fans. Read more... (368 words, 1 image, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
The French newspaper Le Parisien was the first to broach the subject recently that Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had enough of Ligue 1 and that he wants to return to Italy.
Ibra has carried PSG on his back for most of the season, and he has not being amused with the attitude of the PSG fan who have taken to whistling and booing the team recently.
That has set off Ibrahimovic who fired back:
“They are asking a lot. Isn’t that funny when you think about where they were in the past? Before this they didn’t really have much at all…” Read more... (738 words, 1 image, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
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Will Ibrahimovic To Juventus Set Off A Summer Transfer Merry Go Round?
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AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy has committed his future to the club after signing a one-year contract extension that will keep him in Milan until 30 June 2018.
A statement on the club’s official website read:
“Stephan El Shaarawy and Milan have prolonged their professional relationship with a signature that arrived today.”
After signing the extension, the 20-year-old-striker took to Twitter to express his delight at staying in Milan for at least an extra season:
“I am happy for this renewal,” he posted on his official Twitter account. “I have extended my contract until 2018. Read more... (251 words, 1 image, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
A new chapter of the eternal Milanese rivalry will be written this Sunday night in the Derby Della Madonnina. AC Milan will be thriving off the back of their 2-0 shock win over Barcelona as they look to extend the one point gap in the league. Inter brushed aside their Transylvanian opponent CFR Cluj in the Europa league to set up a repeat of their epic encounter with Tottenham and Gareth Bale in 2010.
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It’s unusual the week of the Derby della Madonnina (Milan derby) between Inter and AC Milan that both managers would need votes of confidence from above, especially after both clubs had big European victories this week.
But that is what is happening as Inter chief Massimo Moratti insists that he’s never considered replacing Andrea Stramaccioni while Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has silenced the rumours about the future of Massimiliano Allegri.
Inter have been very up and down this season and have won just two of their last nine games in Serie A and four from the last 14. That run of bad form has increased speculation about Strama’s job but Moratti tols Sky Sport Italia today: Read more... (268 words, 1 image, estimated 1:04 mins reading time)
AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri says that he has received the input of club president Silvio Berlusconi on his tactics ahead of today’s Champions League round of 16 clash with Barcelona.
“I have sat down and talked to the president about the game,” said Allegri. “As always, he put forward his ideas and thoughts, which are sometimes brilliant and well thought out, and they are well received.
However, Allegri insists that he very much has the final say as far as team selection and tactics are concerned. Read more... (315 words, 1 image, estimated 1:16 mins reading time)
AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has conceded that he could be forced to sell the club to foreign investors.
The 76-year-old, who has been chief of the Rossoneri since 1986, has insisted that he wants to keep the club ‘in the family’, but may have to seek outside investment.
“Foreign money in Milan? Only if I’m forced to do so,” he told ANSA. “But I want there to be conditions to such a thing.
“I’d love to keep Milan a family thing.
“I still remember when my father took me to the stadium and I did not have to pay for a ticket because I was so small. Read more... (374 words, 1 image, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)
Mario Balotelli scored his third goal in two games for AC Milan to snatch a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at Cagliari today as Roma‘s slump continued with a 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria.
Three straight wins had maintained Milan’s hopes of earning a top-three finish, but Segundo Ibarbo flicked Daniele Conti’s free-kick into the net in the final action of the first half to put Cagliari in front. However, Mario Balotelli scored from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining to earn a point for the Rossoneri, who could be displaced by neighbours Inter Milan should the Nerrazzuri beat Chievo Verona later tonight. Read more... (329 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
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