Inter drew 1-1 at Lecce this afternoon, so this was a big opportunity for Maurizio Sarri’s men. Rodrigo Bentancur was still suspended, with Merih Demiral, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira injured. Cristiano Ronaldo missed the midweek Coppa Italia win over Udinese with sinusitis, but returned to partner Paulo Dybala. Parma had the chance to go into sixth place, but Gervinho, Alberto Grassi and Yann Karamoh didn’t make the trip.
According to RMC Sport, Juventus are at risk of breaching Financial Fair Play parameters, as their payroll to total revenue ratio is at 71 per cent.
The calculations were made based on a leaked copy of the KPMG financial report on the eight major European league champions, showing Juve are the only ones running at a loss.
The report also suggests “the net results for the 2019-20 season will also be revised negatively.”
It is claimed the biggest problem is the breach of FFP parameters, as clubs need to keep their total payroll to revenue ratio at under 70 per cent, whereas Juve currently stand at 71 per cent.
Juventus are looking to win their ninth consecutive Serie A crown but find themselves locked in a battle with an Inter side that are refusing to give up.
The Twitter account LaLigaenDirecto, run by mathematics graduate Fran Martinez, has calculated the percentage chances of each club being drawn together in the last-16.
Mundo Deportivo claims that the Argentine has already been told of his win, even though the awards ceremony is on Monday, December 2, and that a team from France Football magazine travelled to Barcelona to tell the 32-year-old.
Messi is on a three-man shortlist for this year’s gong alongside his perennial rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
The Football Observatory has updated their list of the most valuable players in the world and it has a very English flavor to it, with seven of the top 10 players either being English or they play in the Premier League.
That is a huge turnaround from even three years ago, when the list was dominated by La Liga stars.
The three most valuable players are all forwards: Kylian Mbappé (€252M), Mohammed Salah (€219M) and Raheem Sterling (€208M).
Aaron Ramsey has revealed he sought the advice of a Juventus legend before he accepted the iconic No 8 shirt after joining the club this summer.
The Welshman was officially unveiled by the Italian champions on Monday afternoon in Turin and he was quizzed on the responsibilities that come with wearing the No 8 shirt worn by Claudio Marchisio, Antonio Conte and Didier Deschamps.
Striker Mauro Icardi has left Inter Milan’s pre-season camp by mutual consent and will play no part in the pre-season tour of Asia, ahead of a likely messy departure from the San Siro.
Former club captain Icardi has fallen out with chiefs at the club and is understood to have been told by new manager Antonio Conte that he does not feature in plans and is up for sale.
The player’s wife-and-agent Wanda Nara has been hawking her husband around top European clubs and has held talks with Juventus this summer.
The story was broken by Italian journalist Federico Gennarelli of Radio Sportiva over the weekend. That Pep Guardiola has agreed a deal to leave Manchester City and take up the vacant managerial role at Juventus.
While Manchester City have continued to deny that there is any truth to the story, former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri seemed to indicate that it was true when local newspaper Sport Legnano reported that Allegri was asked by a Juventus fan who his successor would be. He replied: “A manager of Manchester is coming.”
Well we know its not Ole Gunnar Solskjær that is heading to Turin!
Despite dominating Italian football this decade, Juventus have bene unable to land the biggest prize in club football – the Champions League. This season Juve were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Ajax.
Allegri and Juve sporting director, Fabio Paratici have drawn up a wishlist that contains Manchester United star Paul Pogba, PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, Isco and James Rodriguez.